‘the post without which no one will see my point’

OK. So the previous post wasn’t my best work. It’s lack of clarity no doubt reflecting the sludge-like state of my brain yesterday.

This is what I meant by the two axes — they form a grid:


If you can forgive my messy writing, one of the interesting things is the way the Reformed emphasis — God definitively sanctifies us through Jesus by the Spirit — seems to cross some of the categories.

On the one hand, it’s clearly a Box 4 thing — a decisive, all or nothing thing that is primarily about our position before God (we are made holy and blameless in his sight). On the other, it also fits Box 2 — we really are changed, launched on a new course of life in which we’re being transformed more and more into the likeness of Christ.

That is all.

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