Being IN CHRIST #1
Inseparable – Justification and Sanctification
Acts 24:24-27 “And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him. But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix’ room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.”
Here is a classic example where Paul witness to Felix about his faith in Christ. Having faith in Christ (being saved) is inseparable to living in righteousness and temperance/self control (sanctification). A truly saved person is willing to deny himself, carry his own cross and follow Jesus (Matthew 16:24). This does not mean living perfect but rather living a life under the grace of God, for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again (Proverbs 24:16).
Felix want to be save but at his own convenient season, he don’t want to surrender everything especially Drusilla, his third wife whom he lured from her husband. That is not how salvation works. Paul knew it, he shared his faith in Christ to Felix and it was immediately followed by the message of righteousness, temperance and judgement.
The message of Paul is clear,it may not be simple but at least he makes it clear. Putting our faith IN CHRIST means living a life of righteousness, they are inseparable like the certainly that it will be followed by glorification on the reign of Christ. I believe that it is an insult to the gospel to say you are saved and yet your life shout otherwise. Being saved simply means placing yourself under the Lordship of Christ, living a life pleasing to Him, even in our failure we look at His grace for salvation and forgiveness which brings more realization about His life, death and resurrection, igniting more love and desire to live a life of praise and honor unto Him alone.
Come to think of it:
Salvation is not cheap, it has been paid full through Christ death on the cross, live and mean it.