Last year for Good Friday I posted a different sort of recipe. It was a recipe for Redemption and the Bread of Life. This year I had another idea for a special Good Friday recipe.
The Perfect Saint
1 sinner justified by faith
The Holy Spirit
The first part of this recipe comes as a gift from God. “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.” Romans 3:28 (NIV). It happens in an instant when the sinner believes in Jesus as their Savior.
Once the sinner is justified, the Holy Spirit dwells within their heart and begins the lifelong process of sanctification. This process cannot be rushed but must happen in step with the Spirit of God. “He who began a good work in [this justified sinner] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (NIV).
At the end of the lifetime of the justified sinner, he or she will stand before God as the perfect saint, clothed with the righteousness of Christ.
Although a single recipe for the Perfect Saint causes the angels to sing and our Lord to smile, each Saint is enhanced by the support and prayers of other Saints, a community of the children of God.
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:10-14 (NIV).