Tuesday, November 10, 2015

with our participation

Today's readings: Ezekiel 21:1-22:31, Hebrews 10:1-17, Psalm 108:1-13, Proverbs 27:12

"He forever made perfect those who are being made holy."

Did you get that? It's something to puzzle out. What is the writer of Hebrews saying here?

It seems that the process of our salvation is two things at once. God is saving us from our sins. And God has saved us from our sins. Did He die on the cross once for all to save us? Yes. Is He still working on me, to make me into the saint that will be at home in heaven, where there is no sin? Yes.

So we've been made perfect, forever. But we are being made holy in the here and now. And, according to Philippians 2:12-13, we are supposed to participate in this process of being made holy. We are to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling." Which means... take the process of being made holy seriously. It's a participation in the work of God. And that's nothing to sneeze at.

Thank You, God, for allowing us to participate in the process of being made holy.