Today in God’s Word
1 Samuel 25; 1 Corinthians 6; Ezekiel 4; Psalm 40-41
Today in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 we see Paul present and argument about how repentance is expected. He suggests that the purification of our actions (washing) is evidence of the process of becoming holy (sanctification) that we have begun based upon the past action of God in removing, once for all, the guilt of our sin (justification). I relate this to the Guilt of sin being wholly removed, the power (dominion) of sin being broken, but the presence of sin being a continual battle until our bodily redemption. So this washing is a continual font and thus the needed reference to the larger process and the grounding or foundation of justification that makes it possible for us to walk in righteousness.
Paul does not teach perfection, this is clear elsewhere in his writings (cf. Phil 3:12-14; Rom 7:14-25), but he does teach repentance and sanctification. May we lean on our justification as the foundation of our becoming like Christ and the continual refining of our motives and thoughts and actions, that we might reflect outwardly the amazing change that God has worked inwardly by his Spirit.
Soli Deo Gloria!