Here is some more gold from chapter 5 (“A Change of Kingdoms”) of Jerry Bridges’s The Pursuit of Holiness.
Before our salvation we were in bondage to sin, under the reign and rule of sin. Regardless of how decent and moral we were, we lived in the kingdom of sin. But now through our union with Christ in His death to sin, we have been delivered out of the realm of sin and placed in the kingdom and realm of righteousness. (p.54, 1996 edition)
Satan has been defeated and the reign of sin overthrown. But our sinful natures resort to a sort of guerrilla warfare to lead us into sin. (p.55, 1996 edition)
Further, because we are born as sinners, we have from birth developed habits of sin. As Jay Adams says, “We were born sinners, but it took practice to develop our particular styles of sinning. The old life was disciplined [trained] toward ungodliness.” We all tend to act according to these sinful habits that have been engraved in us from long practice. (p.55, 1996 edition)
It is our habit to live for ourselves and not for God. When we become Christians, we do not drop all this overnight. In fact, we will spend the rest of our lives putting off these habits and putting on habits of holiness. (p.56, 1996 edition)
I love that phrase “habits of holiness” contained in that last quote. I notice that it is also the title of chapter 14 in Bridges’s book, so I’m looking forward to that one already!
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