The Practical Beauty of Justification And Sanctification

There are two principal effects that sin produces, which cannot be separated: the filthy defilement it causes, the awful guilt it entails. Thus, salvation from sin necessarily requires both a cleansing and a clearing of the one who is to be saved. Again: there are two things absolutely indispensable in order for any creature to dwell with God in Heaven: a valid title to that inheritance, a personal fitness to enjoy such blessedness– the one is given in justification, the other is commenced in sanctification.” – A.W. Pink, “Sanctification”

The same thoughts have been coming to me again and again, something I believe needs to be repeated to the Body of Christ over and over; you are free, so live free.  So often we despair due to our constant struggle in sin, that the thick cloud of sorrow almost leaves no room for us to see any reason for joy. The reason we feel this way is because of the constant realization of the sickness and brevity of our sin because God’s regenerating grace has made our eyes open to exactly how disgusting it is. This is evidenced by the fact that one of the first noticed things about regeneration is the sick feeling in the gut of the person spoken of after seeing his/her own sin. Now, seeing as we still sin every single day, why do we still sin, and what should we be doing in our struggle against it?

First question; why do we still sin?

The reason we continue to sin here on this earth, is because while being justified in the eyes of the Father by the righteousness of the Son, we are still corrupted in several ways, and this remnant of corruption will continue until our death when after we are judged, based not on our works, but the perfection of Christ and His atonement for our sin, we will enter into eternal beauty and worship of our beloved Lord, and our marriage to the Lamb of God will be consummated, and we will no longer have any sin whatsoever. Some verses that have been quoted over and over on this subject, are in Romans when Paul writes:

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.  So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” –  Romans 7:15-24

Now that we know the apostle Paul himself even struggled with such things, we should be at relief, but how does he answer this? This answers the second question; what should we be doing?

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. ” – Romans 7:25

This is the perfect, complete answer; look towards Christ. Look at Him, not you, focus on His blood, not your sin, when you fail, He has succeeded for you. So in everything you do, live justified as since you are justified, and live in sanctification as you are being sanctified; for the Lamb has already saved you from your sin and death that you deserve, so always look towards Christ, when you fail, and when you succeed, for someday He will finally rescue us from this world, and we will praise Him forever.

-Wesley Tyler Robinson

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