Chapter 13, Paragraph 1.
“…and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces, to the practice of all true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 7:1
In sanctification, those of us in Christ have the sin which remains in us progressively weakened and destroyed. This occurs through the Holy Spirit and the word dwelling in us. This mortification of sin lasts the remainder of our lives. We will wage war within ourselves until death.
While we have the intimidating task of fighting our remaining sin ahead of us, it is not the only thing we can anticipate. We are not left in a neutral state as we struggle with our remaining corruption of sin. The same word and Spirit that regenerate us, and that weaken and destroy our remaining sin, also aid us in growing in all saving graces. As a result of such we grow in godliness. In Christ, you are not where you were yesterday, and you are not where you will be tomorrow. The climb heavenward may include some falls, but it resolutely moves onward and upward.
With the Spirit Himself quickening you and strengthening you, you do not have to fear that your attempts at holiness will end in utter failure. Like the Proverbs 31 woman we can smile at the future, for in His provision the Lord has promised that growth will happen. Rely on the Spirit, let His word dwell in you richly, and with endurance pursue sanctification.
Questions to Consider
- Are you trusting in the Holy Spirit as you pursue holiness?