We have been examining the Biblical truth that Christians will change. Upon conversion, Christians are catapulted into a new life in which change is inevitable. Stated simply, salvation is a process in which Christians are not only saved from their guilty status but also saved from their inward, moral corruption.
Or you can say we need not only forgiveness, but also a new way of living. Being unforgiven is a misery from which man needs rescue; but so is evil living. A sinful lifestyle is a misery, though many people don’t know it. From this sinful lifestyle we need rescue as much as anything; so we rejoice that God has determined Christians will certainly change in their character and lifestyle.
So far we’ve seen we must change, since the judgment is according to works; and we’ve seen that we will change based on election, predestination, and regeneration. Now it’s time to look at one more element of salvation which ensures Christians will change: Justification and Imputation. These are two different words which relate closely to the same aspect of salvation, so we’ll look at them together. (listen to the sermon or download to hear/read the rest)