Jesus - our sanctification!
Christ Jesus, who became to us... sanctification.
It is many different views of what sanctification is in the
Christian camp, and also on what causes it. You can see that on the many
contributions in Christian papers, and one meets it everywhere out in
When it is such a serious matter to go wrong in this, it is also so
important for us, that we get a right, biblical simple understanding of
what this is all about.
It was exactly here for instance the Galatian congregation was led
astray. It was true and right what Paul had preached about the salvation
in Jesus - the Judaists whom came in to the congregation said - but it
was not all! - Now you shall hear what Paul failed to preach. And then
they came with something in addition.
Likewise, we also meet much of the so-called
sanctificationpreaching - as it is said: «One goes to Golgotha (the
Gospel) to be saved, and then one goes to Sinai (the Law) to be
This is something that has followed/persecuted the Gospel from the
days of Cain and Abel - iy has not been permitted to stand alone, but
one has wished to add something to it, something more than what
God has done (for us) in Jesus Christ, something that leaves more honor
to us too.
The lutheran understanding of the sanctification has always been,
that it is something that is caused by the Gospel alone, with those who
has fled from «the thundercloud of the Law!»
It is therefore talk about fruits that only can grow i the soil
that is called: The blood of Jesus Christ poured out for us!
The Scripture preaches straight out about Jesus, that He has «became
to us... sanctification!» (1 Cor. 1:30). It is in other words a gift
given unto us freely in Jesus Christ.
Jesus says further in John 15:4-5: «Abide in Me, and I in you. As
the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so
neither can you unless you abide in Me. "I am the vine, you are the
branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for
apart from Me you can do nothing.»
For a believer to strive for sanctification is accordingly nothing
else than to strive after being preserved in Jesus, in the Gospel! To «flee
to Jesus with our sin,» as «the old ones» called it. Because in Him we
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