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“As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.”  Colossians 2:6

How did you receive Christ Jesus the Lord?  With the empty hands of faith.  Okay, so walk in him: “As . . ., so . . . .”

Christian living goes by the same ground rules as Christian conversion.  Justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone apart from all our works — that’s how we enter, that’s how we live.  We never advance beyond grace.  We never graduate to “deeper things.”  Sanctification gets traction from the positive energy of justification.

When you came into Christ, the whole flow of your life reversed.  You crossed the Continental Divide from self-justification, with all its painful complications, to grace-justification, with all its happy freedom.  Don’t cross back.  The whole flow of your life is grace.  Enjoy it, moment by moment.


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5 thoughts on “The whole flow of your life”

  1. Danny Ovalle says:

    I appreciate these posts that keep us resting in Jesus as our justification, sanctification and redemption! (1 Cor 1.30,31)

    Here is an article by Gehard Forde on the subject. Classic!
    Thoughts on it?
    http://www.god-centered.com/a-lutheran-view-of-sanctification/

  2. Amen. Thanks for this reminder. This post reminds me of Jerry Bridge’s The Discipline of Grace.

  3. Bethany Allen says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for this reminder. I often try to meditate on this yet find it difficult to put into words.

  4. Alvin says:

    “Sanctification gets traction from the positive energy of justification”. I’m going to file that one.

  5. Rosy Caesar says:

    “You crossed the Continental Divide from self-justification, with all its painful complications, to grace-justification, with all its happy freedom. ” I love this pastor, yes I am enjoying my moments of Grace though every now and then I tend to cross back…

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Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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