As I mentioned in yesterday’s video my grandfather-in-law and I have many great conversations. Sometimes those are via email. I always look forward to his emails and our conversations. This particular email discussed his thoughts on the role of grace and works in salvation and sanctification. He talks about how salvation and sanctification are explained in Scripture, and how we sometimes distort that based on our teaching and practice. His thoughts on Sanctification struck a particular chord with me because it is something that I have been thinking about quite a bit lately. Here is what he said:
after the “born – again”, transformation takes place, the new person need not keep any rules of the church. Again, God provides the change, all we do is obey with the new ability God provides. Any change brought about by rule keeping or legalism only gives glory to man. Real, lasting change…loving God and others…always brings glory to God because these abilities are humanly impossible
I think we have a real strong tenancy to say, “yeah, God saves us by His grace, but after that we need to do x,y, and z to grow,” but, as Dave pointed out in his email, who gets the glory when we tell people they need to follow this set of rules to grow in their faith? Well, either that person for following the rules, or maybe us for setting up good rules to help them grow. So, we are willing to trust God for salvation and give Him alone the glory when someone’s eyes are opened to the truth of the Gospel, but we are sometimes unwilling to trust Him to complete that work in Sanctifying us and therefore take that glory which is only His away from Him. Probably not a great idea.
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; – Phl 1:6 NKJV