Jeans’ Gospel: The Sanctified Life

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  1. John 20:29 says:

    we are debtors – indeed – i only have the translation given above to go on, but does it say that we are debtors to the Spirit?
    i read it that we are debtors to God the Father, but i suppose that can include all three persons….. we are certainly dependent upon God the Holy Spirit to live our lives in Christ… hmmm … debtors = dependence … thinking…

  2. Jean says:

    Maybe this will help Em,

    “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” Romans 6:22

  3. John 20:29 says:

    Yes and we are given a list of those fruits… we can read the list and try to manifest them in our lives, and I’m not at all sure that it is wrong to do that… But it is better to grow – that is to not have to “try,” but rather to ” be” what God intends… I think it is described to us as growing in the nurture and admonition of the Lord…
    Our condition as blood bought slaves is worth thinking on….

  4. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I think that being slaves is just God’s ownership of us – not a we are at his beck and call because he is the boss.

    I like what Em says is #3 – don’t pass out Em – but I would go further than “that is to not have to “try,” but rather to ” be” what God intends…” in clarifying that we already are what God intends us to be – we are sanctified and we are his children.

  5. Jean says:

    I agree with Em and MLD.

    The way Paul puts it is that the the new man is sanctified (e.g., “For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being”). The Spirit manifests His fruit through the new man. What Paul deals with in this week’s text is the putting to death of the old nature, which resists the Spirit. That is where the struggle is had; the old nature resists the Spirit.

    Therefore, the Spirit takes God’s Word and uses it to discipline and subdue the inclinations of the old nature, so that the Spirit may manifest His fruit in our lives through the new man.

    This is why good preaching is so important. The Spirit works through God’s Law and Gospel.

  6. John 20:29 says:

    Well ML D I am about to pass out, but not from your observation…
    Sitting here lying low avoiding the heat I resorted to solving a sudoku puzzle… ?
    what people had the time to think up that?

    In the sense that He owns us (it’s that “eternal security” conundrum where our two views of Scripture clash) we are totally at the mercy – and blessing – of His will… How little we seem to grasp that we were slaves before our purchase by God… My new Master is infinitely superior

    I know the word “sanctification” can be a noun or an adverb or a verb, for that matter,, not being a scholar or a teacher, the best that I can express my understanding of sanctification is that in all its forms it applies to the new birth and growth of the Believer

    But I am imposing on the Lutheran hour here – I should apologize

    I’m sitting here with a picture of our merciful long suffering God as a musician He’s playing the music, a tune called Truth, and watching with amusement as His children dance… Sorry, not sound doctrine, I know

  7. John 20:29 says:

    I was interrupted mid post … before reading #5 .. Pretty much saying amen from here

  8. Owen says:

    Jean, I love these studies…… makes me think this could be an interpretation of “green pastures”….. 🙂

    John 20: – the musician picture works for me. Makes me think of the Narnia series, in the first book, where Aslan creates Narnia. There is music everywhere…..

  9. John 20:29 says:

    “This is my Father’s world,
    And to my list’ning ears
    All nature sings, and round me rings
    The music of the spheres.
    This is my Father’s world:
    I rest me in the thought
    Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas—
    His hand the wonders wrought.
    This is my Father’s world:
    The birds their carols raise,
    The morning light, the lily white,
    Declare their Maker’s praise.
    This is my Father’s world:
    He shines in all that’s fair;
    In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
    He speaks to me everywhere.
    This is my Father’s world:
    Oh, let me ne’er forget
    That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
    God is the ruler yet.
    This is my Father’s world,
    The battle is not done:
    Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
    And earth and Heav’n be one.”
    Maltbie Babcock

    kind of echoes this week’s (Aug. 12th) prayer…

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