[quote=NotWorthy]I teach the adult class at my church…I’ve tried and tried to find (or compile myself) a good 30 minute presentation on the subject of Sanctification and Justification that is easy to understand, but not too deep…I was wondering if any of you have put together something like this (or found a great article) that they’d be willing to share?
Greetings…for what it’s worth I’ll share with you the outline of a presentation I’ve used with both teenagers and adults to demonstrate “Justification and Sanctification”:
- a gallon jug filled with clean water
- one large green bath towel
- two bigger drinking glasses (clear glass) and one smaller drinking glass (clear)
- a cup of dirt
- a white handkerchief
- an empty mixing bowl (like the one used for mixing a cake)
- a table onto which the above items may be displayed
- Optional: a blackboard (or dry eraser board) on an easel plus chalk (or dry markers) for drawing illustrations.
Place all of the above items below the table but within easy reach. You will be pulling them out one by one during your demonstration.
The gallon of water = God
The green towel = Creation (green earth
Explain to the class that God (symbolized by the jug of water) created the heavens and the earth (stretch green towel over table top).
In His “own image” (meaning “having intellect and will” but also “having dominion”) God created man and woman to enjoy all of creation and to act as stewards of it.
At this point - place on the green towel the two larger drinking glasses (Adam and Eve) and explain how the glasses represent the body (the glass itself) and its spiritual soul (the air in the glass).
A human person is composed of body and soul but Adam and Eve also had something more - something ADDED to their human nature, which ELEVATED human nature with special powers which allowed Adam and Eve to have communion with God and to have complete control over the appetites of the body: and that is Sanctifying Grace (Original Justice). This grace enabled Adam and Eve to order their lives according to “right reason”.
Water poured into each glass represent Adam and Eve with Original Grace. In this state, Adam and Eve enjoyed freedom from the appetites of the body interfering with right reason.
B: The Fall
But Adam and Eve disobeyed God - and note, that their disobedience was not out of a position of weakness but rather from a position of strength. They didn’t have the passions of the body (like we do now) interfering with their moral judgment and neither were they ignorant of the right thing to do. They truly and totally FREELY chose to disobey God. This is why their offense is so great and without excuse.
As a consequence, Adam and Eve lost that special gift which had elevated their human nature and freed it from unruly passions (at this point pour the water from each glass into the empty mixing bowl) and now they “felt naked”. The appetites of the body started making war against their intellect (right reason) and leading them to make choices which are not in accord with right reason (the passions of lust, gluttony, sloth, ect, clouded their ability to make right choices)
C: Original Sin
Adam and Eve are now deprived of Sanctifying Grace (the empty glasses)…human nature is now “fallen” (lacks Original Grace)…and Adam and Eve can only pass on to their children human nature as they now have it (bring out the smaller empty glass to represent the sons and daughters of Eve)…which is “a physical body and a spiritual soul” WITHOUT Sanctifying Grace…this condition of the human race is called: Original Sin. From the moment of our conception in our mother’s womb, we inherit this condition (which goes back to our first parents, Adam and Eve).
Without Sanctifying Grace we cannot have communion with God, we cannot live with Him in heaven. To illustrate this point you may want to make a drawing on the black board of a stick person standing on a rock looking across an ocean and state (choosing the name of someone in your audience): “Susie wants very much to live in the ocean.” Draw an arrow from the stick person (Susie) jumping into the ocean. “But what will happen to Susie?” (She’ll drown) “What does she need in order to live in the ocean?” (Air, a diving suit, or gills!)
See: Grace: What it is and what it does
This is how it is for us when we don’t have Sanctifying Grace. We want to live with God in heaven but our fallen human nature doesn’t have what it needs in order to do so.