Kitchen Table Theology
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Your Position in Christ Series
Justification, Sanctification, Glorification, Regeneration, Reconciliation, Adoption
Have you ever found yourself saying, "I'm really not in a position to be able to help you right now?" Or perhaps, "I'm not sure what my position is in this matter." I find that many Christians today fall into the same problem of not knowing what their position is in Christ. Listen to this first episode in the series as Jen and I discuss what it means when the Bible tells us (Ephesians 2:6) that we are raised, seated, and united with Christ. As Christians, it is part of our purpose to take the position that God has given us to rule and reign with Christ.
In this episode of Kitchen Table Theology, we will discuss the doctrine of Justification, the brevity of what it truly means, and how it affects our standing with Jesus Christ. For the Christian, Justification is completely the work of God, which not only forgives our sins but also attributes to us the righteousness of Jesus. Justification can never be earned by our good works; it is only received by faith, based upon the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Sanctification is not about trying harder to live a Godly life nor struggling to be a better Christian. It is supernatural power released in us by Christ to enable us to live a holy life. It is a continuing change worked by God in us. He enables us to die to sin and live unto righteousness.
Glorification is the final removal of the sins of Christians at the end of time and the redemption of our bodies. It is the final part of the process of the Christian life that includes Justification and Sanctification. Listen as we discuss what the Bible teaches us about our glorified bodies.
The term Regeneration is used to describe the work of the Holy Spirit in the salvation experience which produces new life in the believer. The actual word regeneration is used only twice in Scripture, but the concept is communicated throughout Scripture through other expressions, particularly the idea of being born again. Regeneration is the act of being made born again, or born from above, through the work of the Holy Spirit.How does regeneration work itself out in our lives? What does it look like? Will we know it if we see it? Listen as Jen and I dig into these questions and also answer our favorite question, "So what?"
As we continue our series on “Our Identity in Christ” we look at the beautiful doctrine of adoption. The Bible teaches us that every person who has become a follower of Jesus Christ is told that he or she has now been adopted into the very family of God. Adoption is a “right” we inherit because of our salvation. I can hardly think of anything more comforting, more nurturing, more uplifting than the glorious truth that when we trust in Christ, we are made into the sons and daughters of the Creator God.
At its core, I believe reconciliation basically means a change in a relationship between two people that moves from hostility to harmony that results in peace periods. The Bible teaches us that people can be reconciled to each other and that people can be reconciled to God. Through sin we were alienated and separated from God, but through Christ’s death, peace with God, and salvation itself, was made possible for all who believe in Christ.
We have a special guest on the podcast this week. My longtime friend, Dr. Dave Park, the President of Infusion Ministries, joins me to talk about finding freedom in Christ.
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