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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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    Posted by John Samson on May 7, 2008 01:20 AM

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    Everyone,

    Two articles have been very helpful to me in understanding sanctification. Sanctification is both a past reality for the Christian and an ongoing growth process. We, as believers have both been sanctified and are being sanctified.

    Definitive Sanctification

    http://covenantofgracechurch.org/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=10

    Progressive Sanctification

    http://covenantofgracechurch.org/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=9

    Also, although salvation is a free gift because of Christ's righteousness and not our own, believers are still accountable to God for obedience. God will test our works at the judgement seat of Christ and believers will be rewarded to one degree or another based on how faithful we were with the talents and gifts God has given to us.

    "13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." 1 Cor 3:13-15

    "9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. " 2 Cor. 9:9-11

    Standing in Jesus' righteousness and not my own,

    Alan

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