Monday, February 11, 2013

Becoming "Vivified"

We should be careful not to dwell overly much on our sinfulness - though it needs to be acknowledged and dealt with - but along with that type of introspection, we should also be encouraged by and participate in the work of the Spirit in our lives that is forming us daily into the image of Christ.

In addition to killing sin (death), there must be a corresponding rising to new life: "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" (Rom. 6:4).  Older theologians called this twofold process mortification...and vivification....Killing sin and pursuing holinesss are acts of the Holy Spirit in cooperation with the believer.  Christians "live by the Spirit" and "walk by the Spirit" (Gal. 5:25).  Derek W. H. Thomas, How The Gospel Brings Us All The Way Home

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