Christianityis a journey that begins with the acceptance of Christ as the authorand finisher of our faith. There is no perfect Christian on earth, asthe bible states in the book of Romans3:23 that, "For all have sinned and gone shot of the will ofGod." Christians received atonement at the cross in Calvary whenChrist offered himself to die so that we may be free from sin1.This was a sacrifice that Christ paid, and this makes Christians freeindeed. After Christians received their ransom at the cross, theystill live by the sanctification of Christ which is a process thatmakes one better every day. This paper will discuss the points ofview of sin atonement and sanctification, and give the justificationof these three issues
Sanctificationrefers to the continued work of God in the life of a believer, whichmakes him or her holy. Usually, Sanctification is a process that mangoes through which makes him free from the bondage of sin and be morelike Christ every day. Christian goes through three faces ofsanctification. It has a definite beginning but has no definite end.Sanctification starts when one is regenerated2.Acts20:32 states that,“And nowI acclaim you to God and to the power of his grace, which iscompetent to shape you up and to provide you the legacy amid allthose who are sanctified."On the other hand 1Corinthians 6:11 statethat “Andseveral of you people were like this but you were eroded, you weresanctified, you were justified by the power of the Lord Jesus Christand through the Spirit of our God." One of the targets ofChristianity is to grow more in sanctification and go far from sin asmuch as possible. When we accept to be sanctified by Christ, it meanswe are accepting to be crucified together with him so that the bodyof sin may be brought to nothing, and hence be no longer slaves ofsin. Whenone is sanctified they are dead to sin and alive to God in ChristJesus. John17:17 says "Sanctifythem in the truth your word is truth."Hence, Christians should always be aware that is the word of Christthat we receive sanctification. The bible teachings cannot beexhausted. The Holy Spirit gives us different revelations for thebible every time we read the bible. Therefore, sanctification cannotbe completed3.It`s a process that goes on and on. The Roman Catholic point of viewon sanctification is that the taking of Holy Communion is a way ofsanctification. Ideally, the Holy Communion is transformed into fleshand blood of Jesus and the act of taking this bread and wine is a wayof satisfaction4.  Accordingto Wesley, an ideal goal of sanctification in a person`s life is tomake their hearts be in God’s image and likeness. Sanctificationmolds our character and everything in us to be the exemplary ofChrist. He strongly believes that true maturity of a Christian iswhen a Christian displays faith that comes out by divine love inlife. The Roman Catholics justify that through faith we are able toreceive sanctification. When we have faith we are sanctified andredeemed from sin.
Theexistence of sin cannot be denied as much as the modern philosophershave denied the existence of sin. However, as a matter of fact, sinis not a myth. It is neither an invention of the mind. Sin is a fact.Fundamentally, sin is being disobedient to God. It entails bothnegative and positive deeds which include deeds of commission andomission. It is basically hitting the wrong mark rather than theright mark. There are different types and kinds of sin. According tothe eyes of man, there is the sin that is regarded to be worse thanothers. According to the doctrines of the bible, there is no signthat is considered to be bigger than others. All forms of sin are thesame5.The book of Galatians refers to sin as the work of the flesh. Some ofthese works of the flesh are fornication, sorcery, enmity, strifeselfishness and envy. It is also stated in the book of Galatians thatthose who do the works of the flesh will not inherit the kingdom ofGod. There is no sign that is not punishable according to the bible.All sorts of sin that are done whether in the dark or in the openwill be put in open one day. The wages of sin is death, and the giftof God is the Holy Spirit through Christ Jesus. It is important tonote that one cannot receive the gift of God in presence of sin. Forthis reason, sanctification is an important deed because it helps usremain pure before God in order to be close to Christ. The climax ofour redemption from sin is usually the death of Christ on the cross6.The one and solemn reason as to why Christ died on the cross is thatwe may be free from the bondage of sin. The Catholic Church to gatherwith other Christians mark this great even during a period known asEaster. John 3: 16 say that "For God so loved the world that hegave his only son, that whoever believes in him, will not perish, buthave eternal life." The catholic fraternity believes that thebackbone of Christianity is based on this bible verse. Christaccepted to come to the world to be crucified as a sacrifice, despitebeing without blemish, so that we could get eternal life. At thecross, we achieved redemption and Christians are no longer enslavedin sin because of the power of the cross. Wesleyan’spint of view when it comes to sin is that man entered sin as a resultof the deeds of Adam and eve in the Garden of Eden. They believe thatthe sins of our first parents caused interference7.Therefore, this has caused the whole generation of Christians to seekredemption from sin because all the people after that were born inthe liking of sin. Justificationof sin has been found to be a process8.They believe that we all fell into sin from birth and hence when onebecomes a Christian the justification of sin starts. Justificationgoes all the way in the life of a Christian and ends at death.Justification from sin is the acceptance that we were born in sin asa result of being a son of Adam, but live a righteous life from thetime we accept Christ through God`s grace.
1Corinthians 15:3 states that the foundation of Christianity is indeedbased on the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. It was in God`s perfectplan even from the prophecy of the Old Testament that, Jesus is goingto come into this world to die on the cross to pay our ransom.Atonement is the act of sacrifice in the Christian walk. Christianitycannot be achieved without an element of sacrifice9.In Mark 10:45 Jesus said, "The Son of Man never emanate to theworld to be served, but to be a servant, and to offer his life as aransom for all"
Lookingat adornment in the point of view of the Wesleyan, they believe thatChrist came to the world, to die on the cross as a sacrifice for theoriginal sin of Adam and eve and for the transgressions of humanbeings in order that we may be reconciled with God. The sacrifice ofJesus happens to be a sign of the belief of atonement in the life ofWesleyan Christians. The Roman Catholics on the other hand alsobelieve that the suffering of Christ o the cross and his death giveus perfect redemption and atonement from all the sins of the world.The Catholics believe that is only through the sacrifice on the crossthat we received salvation from sin and the adornment of the crosshave been proved to be sufficient to every individual on earth underAdam`s race10.The Wesleyan believe that justificationis the legal act only accepted to be done by God whereby, anindividual is regarded righteous, contracted full forgiveness of alltransgressions, removed from guilt and completely released from thepenalty of sins committed, through Christ Jesus.
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3 Rieger, Joerg, and Kwok Pui-Lan. Occupy religion: Theology of the multitude. Rowman& Littlefield Publishers, 2012.
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5 Bynum, Caroline. "Christian materiality: An essay on religion in late medieval Europe." (2012).
7 Rieger, Joerg, and Kwok Pui-Lan. Occupy religion: Theology of the multitude. Rowman& Littlefield Publishers, 2012.
8 Hughes, Philip. "Christianity after religion?." Pointers: Bulletin of the Christian Research Association 24, no. 4 (2014): 5.
9 Rieger, Joerg, and Kwok Pui-Lan. Occupy religion: Theology of the multitude. Rowman& Littlefield Publishers, 2012.