Christ’s Development Through Obedience

On the growth of Christ:

As Jesus grew as a man, his human capacities developed, and with them the pressure of temptation (Lk. 2:52) In that context he developed in obedience, not from imperfect to perfect, but from infancy to maturity. When he cried on the cross “it is finished” (Jn. 19:30, see also 17:4) and with royal dignity committed his spirit into the hands of his Father, he was the first person to have lived a life of perfect obedience and sanctification. In his resurrection his sanctified human life was divinely transformed into what New Testament calls “the power of an indestructible life” (Heb. 7:16). Because this has taken place first in Christ our representative, it is possible for it to take place also in us through the Spirit. Christ himself is the only adequate resource we have for the development of sanctification in our own lives. (Sinclair Ferguson, Christian Spirituality)

Posted on May 4, 2011, in Christian Worldview, Jesus Christ. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Fantastic, JT. Note also the way he responds to the “Lutheran” position (which is not possessed by all Lutherans BTW) in that same book.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: