Day: July 23, 2010

Sanctification Part II

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But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us . . . sanctification . . . —1 Corinthians 1:30

The Life Side. The mystery of sanctification is that the perfect qualities of Jesus Christ are imparted as a gift to me, not gradually, but instantly once I enter by faith into the realization that He “became for [me] . . . sanctification . . . .” Sanctification means nothing less than the holiness of Jesus becoming mine and being exhibited in my life.


Why Did God Do That?

Jack Kelley 90x115by Jack Kelley

Q. 1 Chronicles 21:14 says,  “So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.”  Why did God kill 70,000 men (not counting women and children?) as David’s punishment?  Did these 70,000 deserve punishment, too?  That doesn’t sound like a very merciful God to me.  It sounds like tyranny.  I would sincerely like to understand. I’m a Christian and I hope to get past it, to chalk it up to one of those things I don’t understand now, but maybe I will in the next existence.