Monday, June 15, 2009

Keep on being converted!

“Don’t slack off seeking, striving, and praying for the very same things that we exhort unconverted people to strive for, and a degree of which you have had in conversion. Thus pray that your eyes may be opened, that you may receive sight, that you may know your self and be brought to God’s feet, and that you may see the glory of God and Christ, may be raised from the dead, and have the love of Christ shed abroad in your heart. Those that have most of these things still need to pray for them; for there so much blindness and hardness and pride and death remaining that they still need to have that work of God upon them, further to enlighten and enliven them. This will be a further bringing out of darkness into God’s marvelous light, and a kind of new conversion..."

Jonathan Edwards, Advice to Young Converts.
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"But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit." 2Corinthians 3:16-18

We are ever dependent upon the grace of God, not only at the moment of our new birth, but for our continued growth and sanctification. It is by grace that our faith was authored; and it is by grace that our faith will be perfected.

3 comments:

Debbie said...

Amen to this Laurie! Salvation is a one time event but sanctification is an ongoing process. All too often I give into my flesh instead of listening to the Spirit. I can't wait until I receive my glorified body. I think the main struggle is to surrender to the Holy Spirit's leading because if we are indeed saved, we have the HS.

barrywallace said...

That's a great quote, and reminds me of this:

"You never, never, never outgrow your need" for the gospel.

WhiteStone said...

Good reminder! Thanks!!