WSC Q&A #36

Q: What are the benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?
A: The benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption and sanctification, are, assurance of God's love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost, increase of grace, and perseverance therein to the end.
Romans 5:5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

I wonder how often we reflect on the benefits we receive right here and right now from our salvation. We so often reflect on our great, future hope as Christians. And it is a great, future hope that we have! It's unimaginable. But perhaps we do this while neglecting the present reality.

I would encourage us all to reflect more on the benefits of our present reality. Bask in the wonders of being brought into communion with the Holy, Triune God. Marvel at what it means to be able to call God, "Abba Father". Reflect upon his graces and mercies that are daily poured out upon you. Delight in being able to call Jesus Christ, "brother". Rest in knowing that it is Christ's righteousness that is counted onto you. Know that Christ's work on your behalf is a finished work, and that the face of God will never, in this life, be turned away from you. See the work of the Holy Spirit in your life as he conforms and transforms you into the likeness of Jesus Christ daily, and take joy in knowing that the hand of God will hold you fast until the day of Christ's return, when the Spirit's work will be completed in you!

 

Posted on September 22, 2015 .