When I describe Christ Church to people, I tell them that we are a people who have been, and are being, transformed by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. When I say we have been transformed, I am trying to capture the fact that Jesus changes us. In 1 Cor 6:11, Paul captures this when, after listing the sins of the unrighteous, He says “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Paul is saying, you were the unrighteous, but you were sanctified (transformed). By virtue of our union in Christ, we were sanctified by Jesus’ death and our participation in it.
Now that’s part of the equation, but if you’ve been around Christ Church for any length of time you will know that we are not a group of people free from sin. Shocking, I know, but that leads us to the second part of my description. Though we have been transformed by grace, we are also being transformed by grace. Jesus loved us when we were not worthy, and He calls us to grow into what He has already declared us to be. Romans 6:1-14 speaks to this past tense portion of our transformation, and to the very active present tense as well. This week, we will look to both as Jesus reminds us who we are in Him, and then calls us to be that.