Becoming a Christian and living as one are two different things. God refers to one as justification and the other as sanctification. We might also understand these two distinctions as finding Jesus and following Jesus. Blur this distinction between salvation and discipleship and you’ll inevitably be left with a salvation of works and many inconsistencies in understanding the text of the Scriptures. Realizing salvation is free, we are then freed-up to pay the cost of living completely for Jesus out of love and gratitude not fear and uncertainty.

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