THE CHANGE OF JUSTIFICATION
IN order to be saved one must be justified this is a putting off of the old man and putting on of the new man who is renewed in all things. Ephesians 4:22-24:
"22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.. The question now rises in my heart is this, how is this done? We are told in Ezekiel 36:25-27, verse 25, "Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean from all your filthiness and from all your idols will I cleanse you."
What we are seeing here teaches us the way of JUSTIFICATION- the putting off of the old man. Note that it is firstly a work of God. He is doing the action he is doing the sprinkling of the clean water (God action direction). The clean water is the doctrine of Christ, the plan of Salvation, the word of God. John 15:3, "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you." Also Ephesians 5:26, "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word." The word is being used to cleanse. Thereby we are sure the water spoken of is indeed the word of God. The sprinkling of it is a washing taking place in the heart /mind of man and this takes away all idols and filthiness which we can identify as sin in the heart.
The work is not yet completed. God then must give to us a new heart which we can identify as the putting on of the new man. Ezekiel 36:26, "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh." This is the imputation of God's own Righteousness or God himself which given into us, causes a real change in the man- MAN's TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE. This is the work of true justification and the experience which is sinfreeness in the man. We are then able to live in faith and thus we are not only justified but we are sanctified by God's own truth, the Spirit of Truth that continues sanctifying us as we continue in a sinfree experience. Ezekiel 36:27 "And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." Grace and peace!
By Sis. Ashaki Johnson