I get excited when I get confirmation for a blog post I’m thinking about during the week. This is one of those.
The Bible plan I was reading with my husband spoke of the difference between salvation and sanctification and I think it is wise to look at those two words as I search to understand the idea of the old me and the new me.
The new me, the new creation, was instant the moment I accepted Christ’s sacrifice for me on the cross. He bore my sins, once. There is no need for him to go back to pay for my sins over and over anytime I slip up. This is salvation.
So, one and done. Right!? Salvation✔️
I wish it were that easy.
Sanctification fills the space between accepting Jesus, and heaven. I’m now set apart and holy, and, I’m in the process of being freed from the influence of sin.
This is where the role of the Holy Spirit comes into play.
I like the word, champion, used as a description for an advocate. A champion is one who fights on behalf of another, just as the Holy Spirit fights to keep me from the evil one and reminds me of the truth of who I am in Christ.
The Christian life is not a one and done deal. Though Christ’s sacrifice is complete, God’s purpose for my life is ongoing. Otherwise, I would be with him in heaven. And, because I am in the world the enemy will use my old nature as a wedge between God and me. Thank you, Father, for sending the Holy Spirit as my champion to fight and remind me of the new me that even now is complete in Christ.
Whew! This ended up being full of bonus scriptures. I pray that you will find a new revelation of who you are in these words.
Grace & Peace,