By Gordon T. Smith
2015 Christianity Today Award of benefit (Spirituality) 2014 top e-book of Spirituality―Academic, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds book place Evangelicals are recognized for his or her emphasis on conversion. yet what approximately lifestyles after conversion and beyond justification? Desperately wanted is a entire theology of the Christian existence from starting to finish, in addition to the technique of formation and transformation. In Called to Be Saints, Gordon Smith attracts on a exclusive life of reflecting on those topics to supply us a theologically wealthy account of our participation within the lifetime of Christ. either profound and functional, this ebook is a trinitarian theology of holiness that encompasses either justification and sanctification, either union with Christ and communion with God. Smith unfolds how and why Christians are known as to turn into clever humans, do stable paintings, love others and revel in rightly ordered affections. If holiness is the continuing trip of changing into mature in Christ, then there's no higher consultant than Smith. Christians in each stroll of existence will locate this a wealthy source for studying what it ability to "grow up in each means . . . into Christ" (Ephesians 4:15).
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Extra info for Called to Be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity
First, as the heart of the matter and the all-encompassing and defining vision, Christian spiritual maturity—the “perfection” to which we are called—will be described as union with Christ. ” I will stress that this vision assumes a dynamic participation in the life of the ascended Christ Jesus—in real time. I will also emphasize that the Christian life is lived out of the fundamental experience of being united with Christ in his death and resurrection, the very meaning of a Christian baptism (Rom 6).
Ignatius (Allahabad, India: St. Paul Publications, 1975), no. 104. Union with Christ 39 response to Christ’s self-identification as the one to whom all authority and power are given. The passion, the deep longing and orientation of the mature Christian, is the resolve in love to live under the benevolent authority of Christ. And so it is also for the church. To be the church is to be a learning community that seeks together in faith to know Jesus, to grow together in love for Jesus and to align our lives, mission and way of being in the world to the in-breaking of the reign of Christ.
Justification, Sanctification and Faith in Christ The baseline observation, then, is that the heart and soul of what it means to be a Christian is to live in dynamic union with Christ. This is Union with Christ 49 the central vision of the Christian life. From this, then, we can speak of two important theological categories, asking, what does it mean to be justified and, further, what does it mean to be sanctified? The Protestant evangelical theological heritage has tended to emphasize that justification is the formal and, as some put it, forensic dimension of God’s salvation.