This past week, I've been extremely blessed and encouraged through Francis Schaeffer's book, 'True Spirituality'. Throughout the book, Schaeffer expounds on the spiritual realities of a Christian. Mainly, Schaeffer points out that true spirituality is living in a conscious reality of the finished work of Christ. For many Christians, this may be a foreign concept; the finished work of Christ. However, this very concept should be the center of the Christian life, past, present and future.
By the finished work of Christ, I am referring to the completed
substitutionary death of Christ on the cross, in which he bore the sins
of His people by absorbing God's just wrath that was rightly reserved
for sinners, thus redeeming His people from sin and restoring them unto
himself, adopting us as children of God.
Most Christians are able to rightly apply this concept to their past and
future. However, as Schaeffer points out, most of us fail to live by
the finished work of Christ moment by moment. Think about it. Most
Christians know that because of Christ's death, their past sins are
forgiven. They are justified. Likewise, they know that Christ's finished
work secures their eternal future with Christ. Yet, what does the
finished work of Christ mean for me in my day to day life? Schaeffer
spends a great deal talking about how our moment by moment reality must
be based on Christ's finished work. In other words, we know our
justification is based on Christ's finished work, yet we fail to see how
the finished work of Christ applies to our sanctification, or our
"Now just as in
the conscious area of sanctification as a whole, so here in restoration
everything rests upon the reality of the fact that the blood of Christ
has meaning in our present life, and restoration takes place as we, in
faith, act upon the face that in specific cases of sin.....It is
learning the reality of the meaning of the work of Jesus Christ on the
cross, in our present life, and consciously beginning to act upon it"
"the blood of
Christ has meaning for me in my present life when I have fallen and my
peace is gone. Restoration must be first upon understanding of what
Christ has done for us in this area, and then beginning to practice this
moment by moment."
In our day to day struggle, living the Christian life is living in light
of Christ's finished work. It is living in the reality of what Christ
has already accomplished. It is living with a deep awareness that
Christ's finished work is the only thing sufficient for our forgiveness.
It is living with a deep awareness that because of what Christ did, we
are fully adopted as children of God. It is drawing upon the Holy
Spirit, who has been given to us, because of what Christ has done. All
of this is based on the finished work of Christ on the cross. We must
see Christ's finished work as not only the grounds for our justification
(past life), but also our sanctification (present life).
All Of Grace