JI Packer is one of my favorite authors. I was most recently reading in his book “Rediscovering Holiness” that he believes Christians are often like patients in a hospital suffering from delusions. What he is trying to address is that while we often embrace the total sufficiency of what Jesus did for us on the cross and through his resurrection in regards to our salvation. We often disregard the ongoing process of being made like Jesus, or sanctification if you want to use the fancy theological word. In thinking about the current series we are in I think it relates. We many times fail to apply what is true in our lives. We tend to think that just because we know it, or have heard it that will make all the difference in our lives. It doesn’t. What makes a difference is our active participation in our transformation through applying what the Bible teaches us. There is nothing we do to accomplish our salvation, but there is much we can do to participate in our sanctification. Packer says we often suffer from too many delusions to do this. I’ll list them for you.
Delusions of theological error about who God is and what He is like.

Delusions of doubt and unbelief.
Delusions of self confidence. We think we have finally conquered an addiction or sin in our life and we think we can handle it from this point on.
Delusions that disrupt relationships.
Delusions from failing to distinguish between things that differ. For example “confusing secular psychological counseling with Biblical pastoral direction.”
Delusions about the Christian life. Believing it will be “ordinarily easy, successful, healthy and wealthy”.

I think I’ve suffered from many of these delusions at different points along the way. This is why I”m glad that the “sanctifying work of the Spirit as 1 Peter 1:1-2 talks about never stops. But it also challenges me to be obedient to Christ.


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