Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Unleashed by Eric Mason ~ A book review

"God, who began a good work in us (positional sanctification) is faithful to continue it (progressive sanctification)."

This is the theme and message of this book. I have thoroughly enjoyed Eric Mason's detailed writing of becoming sanctified through and through.

Eric takes 10 chapters and divides all aspects of life that God is alive and active in sanctifying us.

According to biblestudytools.com bible dictionary "The generic meaning of sanctification is "the state of proper functioning." To sanctify someone or something is to set that person or thing apart for the use intended by its designer." 

There is no part of our lives that don't require God's sanctification in order for us to properly function as Christ followers. 

What impressed me most while reading was how foundational it is for all Christians to understand. It was so refreshing for me to read, convicting for the areas where I need more of Christ's sanctifying power, and exciting to recall that it's Christ's power in me that does all the work, it's my job to surrender.

In chapter 1, he emphasizes the importance of the gospel, and says " we never get beyond the gospel,....or graduate to something more advanced... the Gospel is not the minimum required doctrine necessary to enter the kingdom, but the way we make all the progress in the Kingdom".
He identifies that the sanctifying work is initiated and continued by God. Mason says "It is not God starting the engine and then letting us drive."

He discusses topics from confession and repentance, prayer,the Holy Spirit all the way through how marriage can be an ultimate sanctifying tool of God in our lives. He says more in his chapter of being sanctified in marriage than some can say in an entire weekend of marriage counseling. It is sound biblical doctrine on what God says about marriage and what the role of each spouse is.

I recommend this book to each and every believer. It is an important book that speaks in clear English about biblical principles and practice that ought to be present in every believers life.

Read Eric Mason's book to find out how you can Unleash the power of the living God in your life through sanctification in Christ.  

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