One of our pastors did a fine job of teaching on the topic of sanctificaton yesterday in Sunday morning Bible Study. He resourced the book, Sanctification: Christ in Action, NPH: Milwaukee, 1989) by Harold L. Senkbeil. According to the NPH site, this book "offers a critical, yet sympathetic analysis of the Evangelical movement's impact on Lutheranism. Examines the historical roots of Evangelicalism; analyzes one of America's most popular Evangelical authors, Charles Swindol; and proposes a new Lutheran initiative in the face of the Evangelical challenge. I'm ordering it today!
Popular explanations concerning our natural human condition
"Mankind has the potential for good."
"Mankind is innocent/good by nature."
"Mankind by nature is sinful and spiritually is dead, unable to do anything positive before God, for self or others, not for life nor salvation."
As you read each of the above popular explanations, ask yourself these questions:
1. Who embraces this explanation?
2 What does baptism do in this system?
What does the Bible say about our natural human condition?
When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created then male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them "man". When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likenss, in his own image; and he named him Seth." Genesis 5:1-3
" The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time, " Genesis 6:5
"Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me, " Psalm 51:5
"For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean', " Mark 7:21-22
"Flesh gives birth to flesh." John 3:6
"Jesus replied, 'I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin," John 8:34
"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." Romans 7:18
"...the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so." Romans 8:7
"There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
"The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:14
"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins...we were by nature objects of wrath." Ephesians 2:1,3
"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us." 1 John 1:8
"He who does what is sinful is of the devil." 1 John 3:8