This is Part 3 of 3. You can read Part 1 here. You can read Part 2 here.
In yesterday’s post, I quoted Heath Lambert as saying that sanctification involves striving and moral effort (trying to be good). My contention, and that of others, is that our sanctification, godliness, holiness, power over sin, and pleasing God are all taken care of in Jesus (His perfect life, death, resurrection, ascension, and seating), and we have no striving to do to accomplish it; we are only to look to Him in faith for all these things to be accomplished.
But Lambert uses several Bible verses to support his point (laid out in Part 2), so it’s important to look at them all. Here they are, with my commentary. Continue reading “What place does “striving” have in sanctification? A response to Heath Lambert”
This is Part 2 of 3. In Part 1, I expressed the consternation I had experienced over Scriptures about “resting” and “striving” that seemed like they didn’t fit with each other.
So what do those “resting” verses really mean?
The Lord used several means to help me in my understanding: my Bible studies—especially Galatians, Romans, and Colossians—a sermon, and some key books. Even though I didn’t understand at that time the importance of asking the Holy Spirit to open my eyes to the Scriptures, still He had mercy on me.
The resting (in case you had as much trouble getting it as I did) is NOT about becoming a couch potato, lol. Continue reading “Reconciling the “resting” and the “striving,” with some thoughts from Heath Lambert”
Back in 1994 when I was studying Leviticus (because it was my wilderness book), I wrote this in the margin at Leviticus chapter 2 (the boldface is added now):
II Peter 1:4 says that we as believers should be “partakers of the divine nature.” This passage shows the priests literally partaking of that which represents the divine nature of our lovely Lord. Then that bread of life becomes a part of us and we are influenced and strengthened by it. In all these ways mentioned, we should be striving to be like Him: the sweet-smelling life, the full anointing by the Holy Spirit, the fellowship of His sufferings. How far, how far I have to go!
Do you hear the wailing in my voice? Continue reading “Struggling with “striving”: When should I strive and when should I rest?”
As we do the work of the Lord, in whatever capacity He has called us, to whatever degree He strengthens us, we’ll keep in mind the truth of who He is and who we are and to the life to which He has beckoned us. We praise Him and look to Him on this day.
My husband Tim said it’s bound to stir up controversy, but I said, “Well, it’s the stuff I blog about all the time anyway; it’s just codified now.” Continue reading “New website page: The beliefs behind the blog”
What did God even mean when He said He had “led captivity captive”?
This is a truth from Psalm 68, which Paul reiterated in Ephesians 4. Our Lord Jesus Christ, when he defeated the enemy, took into exile the very concept of exile. Continue reading “Are you exiled from God?”
That was a trick question. In the teaching of logic it’s called a false dilemma.
Because you really don’t have to be either one. Continue reading “Are you the prodigal son or the older brother?”
Back in the old days, before I entered the controversy, my blog was a devotional blog. This is one I posted on our son and daughter-in-law’s wedding day, and it’s my joy to repost it now for their sixth anniversary.
Happy anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Davis. Continue reading “Behind the broken wall, beyond the torn curtain”
In Friday’s post, “When is it wrong to be a living sacrifice?” about Romans 12:1, which refers to our being “holy” as living sacrifices, I commented that it seems that holiness is rarely defined. Well, here is a brief definition, one that is easy to remember. Continue reading “Sin and Holiness — a poster”