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TPM and the Cross

Does Theophostic Prayer Ministry minimise the work of the cross?

The Cross is the very reason we have access to the Father and communion with Christ through the Holy Spirit.  Theophostic Prayer is all about connecting with the presence of Jesus.  I believe that when I go to the cross of Jesus I find complete redemption of all my sins past, present and future and becasue of the cross I have access into the presence of Christ. (Romans 5:1). 

I believe the atoning work of Christ is available to us and continually "cleanses us of all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9-10).   However, the day I received Christ my sins were indeed washed away by the shed blood of Christ yet there still remained a work to be done in my life and particularly in my mind.  The Bible refers to this work as mind renewal which is an important aspect of sanctification. Justification was accomplished through the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God.  Sanctification is the appropriation of this atonement through the saving life of Christ who is resident in me.  

Mind renewal and sanctification as a whole occurs in the context of my relationship with the risen Lord.  His blood guaranteed my justification and the presence of His Spirit within me guarantees my sanctification and mind renewal as I "work out [this] salvation with fear and trembling" (Phil. 2:12).  We have this hope and it "does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us" (Rom. 5:5).
As I grow in knowledge of Him and experience Him in my daily walk I become more and more renewed and changed into His likeness.  This is the relational walk I have with God.  Does the cross have something to do with this?  Absolutely.  The blood continually washes the believer of sinfulness.  The cross provides us the position we now have with God "since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand" (Rom. 5:1).

What I have stated in the training materials in no way takes away from the completed work of Christ on the cross, but simply acknowledges that there is more to come following justification, all of which is based on, and provided by, the work of Christ on the cross. Christ died indeed, but also rose again so that we might fully enter into a living experiential relationship with Him.  Paul said this, "I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…" (Phil. 3:8).  The word "knowing" used in this passage refers to that which is experiential, relational and growing.

Sanctification is the "setting apart" of the believer from a life of sin to a life of godliness and holiness. Sanctification cannot be understood outside of the context of salvation. The Baptist Faith and Message states it this way, (I am a Southern Baptist)      Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.

B. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.

C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.

D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed. Theophostic Prayer Ministry can be one part of this sanctifying work. Sanctification is a work of God with the cooperation of human beings. The Apostle Paul says, "May the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass" (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24). But Paul also says, "in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth" (Ephesians 4:22-24). Salvation is an ongoing process. We have been saved, we are being saved, and we will be saved. We were saved when we came to Christ in faith. We are being saved moment-by-moment from the lies we believe and the sinful propensity of the flesh. We will be saved when we receive our immortal bodies and all that is not holy will be removed when we meet the Lord in the air. 
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