I’m having a vulnerable moment. I’m currently reading a book that, to be quite honest, I don’t like reading in public or really even telling people that I’m reading it. But seeing as how it was highly, highly recommended to me, it is (or was a couple years ago) required reading in one of the Bible classes at The Master’s College, and it’s just an excellent book … I’ve decided I can no longer keep it to myself. The book: Sex and the Supremacy of Christ. It’s edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor. Some of the contributors are John Piper, CJ Mahaney, Al Mohler, and David Powlison, to name a few. The current chapter I’m in is just amazing. It’s called “Making All Things New: Restoring Pure Joy to the Sexually Broken,” by David Powlison. It’s a great read for your own walk with Christ or helping others who are struggling with sin. The following are some quotes from this chapter, specifically from the part where he’s talking about sanctification being progressive, not instantaneous, and how repentance is a part of sanctification. He describes repentance as “an ongoing change process. It involves a continual turning motion, turning toward God, and turning away from the riot of other voices, other desires, other loves …. If we are living in Christ, we are living from-to” (Powlison).
“This restoration does not take place in one moment or one day or one year …. In order that believers may reach this goal [the shining image of God], God assigns to them a race of repentance, which they are to run throughout their lives.” – John Calvin
“This life, therefore,
is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness,
not health but healing,
not being but becoming,
not rest but exercise.
We are not yet what we will be, but we are growing toward it.
The process is not yet finished, but it is going on.
This is not the end but it is the road.
All does not yet gleam in glory but all is being purified.”
– Martin Luther
“God is on the scene throughout your life. He planned a good work. He continues a good work. He will finish a good work. He has staked his glory on the completion of that work.” – David Powlison