What’s the Point?

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The point of justification is sacrifice. The point of being declared “without blemish” is that we are now qualified to be dismembered and arranged on the altar. The imputation of the righteousness of Christ means that we may now be lit on fire. And of course that is precisely what God does. He sends his Spirit upon his justified people, and every time he does so, a Pentecost breaks out. Every time he declares a person righteous, God lights them on fire. And the Spirit begins his sacrificial work, consuming our dross, and turning us into Spirit-smoke, drawing us up into the whirlwind.

Toby Sumpter, “Prequalified Sacrifices”

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