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Brokenness before confession

Part 1/3

Paul J. Bucknell

The Process | Understanding Sinful Hearts | Ongoing Work

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Purpose: The restoration of our lives is best seen as a discipleshp process. God does much to get us going but unless we think of the changes in our lives as ongoing, then we will not be good disciples of Christ. This article has a diagram which shows the different stages of the discipleship process. This is part 1 of 3.

The Restoration Process

There are three parts to the restoration process.

Process of Restoration

Conversion - A New Beginning

God completely forgives the repentant sinner and declares him righteous in Christ (justification). God also wants to eliminate sins' presence. The Holy Spirit's lives in new Christians through the new heart given them during conversion and initiates significant changes in their lives.

I remember my swearing and outbursts of anger immediately disappeared when I was saved. I wanted to read God's Word and be with His people. I desired God's work in my life. Discipleship or sanctification describes the process God gradually but surely eradicates sin in our lives. This process is accelerated when we are discipled by mature Christians who care for us. They will point out areas that need to be changed and show us how by using God's Word we can be more like Christ.

Ongoing work of Sanctification

Discipleship or sanctification describes the process God gradually but surely eradicates sin in our lives. This process is accelerated when we are discipled by mature Christians who care for us. They will point out areas that need to be changed and show us how by using God's Word we can be more like Christ.

God starts working on us right away. In my life God started working right away on areas of honesty, respect for parents, lying and lusts. Even after thirty years late, I am still discovering new areas that need His work in my life! Later I learned how to effectively use God's Word to change my attitudes and thoughts to overcome these problems. When we see Christ, this process of sanctification will end with glorification. At this time God's people will be completely changed into Christ's likeness, receive a new body and be with Him forever.

Eternal Stage of Glorification

When we see Christ, this process of sanctification will end with glorification. At this time God's people will be completely changed into Christ's likeness, receive a new body and be with Him forever.

Now let's look at each stage a bit closer at the conversion process (also called regeneration - born again).

Importance of a New Life

Conversion like a satelliteThink of conversion as the extra lift needed to get a satellite into orbit. Discipleship is like the constant communication with the central control station which enables it to properly function.

Summary

We now have all we need to live godly lives in Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. The big question is now how do we effectively combat these deeply ingrained sins in our lives?

"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you." (Titus 2:11-15).


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