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Monday, January 2, 2012

He Who Began a Good Work...

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. (Romans 6:4-5)
Perhaps what is most interesting to me right now, is the hope...the basis for our santification does not begin and end with Christ's atoning work on the Cross. Oh, it most certainly starts there! But it continues on through His resurrection. Christ is not in that tomb, rather He is at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us - and it is that fact that should give us our hope for today.
We come boldly because our King bids us come. We cry "Daddy" because our Savior is risen. We make war because we have armor and strength that is not our own. We have hope because of an empty tomb! When I feel as though I will never have victory over my sin I can remind myself that I am free not only from condemnation, but since it is God at work in me I can be sure that He will enable me to fight, He will finish what He has started. It won't always be like this, I won't always be at war with myself...and when that day comes, when I stand before my Father I will praise Him for the sustaining grace that got me there. What a glorious thought.