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Ordo salutis and effort

  • Election

  • Effectual Calling

  • Regeneration

  • Conversion: Faith & Repentance (involves effort - 'knowledge')

  • Justification

  • Adoption

  • Sanctification (involves effort - 'being')

  • Glorification


Blogger c.t. said...

Faith and repentance require 'knowledge' and effort to learn that knowledge because you have to know what you are have faith IN and what you are to repent OF.

This doesn't just happen by itself. You have to go to the source, the Bible, and to the Holy Spirit Himself for illumination, and to teachers who have that gift from the Holy Spirit and hence are on-the-mark doctrinally.

November 24, 2005 at 3:44 AM  
Blogger c.t. said...

Effort on 'being' is effort that provokes your limits and extends your limits -- in all parts of your being: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual.

The metaphor of a glass and water gets at it. The glass is your current level of being, the water is your current level of understanding and volitional ability to glorify God. The glass can only hold so much water. To increase your capacity for understanding and for being able to glorify God you have to increase the size of the glass. You can't just pour more water into the same glass. It overflows and you stay at the same level.

Effort on 'being' is effort to increase the size of the glass. It is not effort with knowledge or more or different knowledge. That's empty when the glass stays the same size. It is effort on being. On increasing being.

The two great commandments (love God and love your neighbor as yourself) seen and done at the practical level are the core of effort to increase being. I mean the foundation. The center-of-gravity. The anchor. The standard for your efforts.

They don't describe in an obvious way the efforts themselves, but they do once you understand the efforts themselves.

Prayer and fasting correspond to the two great commandments.

Fearing only God vs. fearing man corresponds as well.

Your forerunner, your model, that which you are to emulate is Jesus Himself.

Describing practical level effort is difficult because you really have to come into knoledge of it on your own, but I just want to state that that is the effort involved in the effort on 'being' regarding sanctification.

The efforts are all listed and depicted in the Word of God though...

November 24, 2005 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger c.t. said...

As you can see, looking at the ordo salutis in terms of where effort is required, mainstream Christians - the ones who DO get to the point of being able to learn the knowledge that is biblical doctrine - just then stop there. From that point they throw bones, so to speak, to effort on being by mouthing trite moralising observations and accusations and confessions.

And they eventually get the biblical doctrine all warped (inevitably) because they don't make any efforts on being (practice, practical efforts) and the doctrine just stagnates and slowly and inevitably becomes mishapen and poisoned.

One way this happens to the most doctrinally on-the-mark types is: the extent they allow the world to take over all meaning of Christianity under the guise of 'family' and 'children' and all the back-slapping shallowness of typical man-fearing environments.

They can't see this encroachment of the world into God's domain, and they don't have the courage or understanding to oppose it. Who among them can even begin to formulate the thought that Christianity is not about 'family' and being a good, correct-thinking, upstanding, hail, well-met, back-slapping member of the community? Of course (they say) that is what Christianity is all about! You'd have to be 'strange' to not accept that... Some kind of 'stranger' type... A stranger in this world... Who wants to be that?

November 24, 2005 at 4:45 PM  

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