The Lesson of the Credit Card

“Because of definitive sanctification, I get credit for what I did not, do not, and cannot earn; this blessing comes through my union with the life of the One who fulfilled all God’s righteous standards in my behalf. Even now he allows me to share his identity.

The nature and benefits of sharing Christ’s identity could be seen in a comparison to the modern gas stations that allow us to use our credit cards at the pump. I have learned to appreciate these pumps not simple because I no longer have to hike into the office of the station to pay, but because I don’t have to go to the station at all. If my son needs the car, I can give him my credit card to use in the pump. At his current economy, he usually doesn’t have the means to get what he needs. So he uses the card with my name on it. With my permission and according to my dsire, he assums my identity. Though he cannot fulfill the conditions required for payment, my son has all of my credit available to him. He meets the qualifications required to use that pump because the machine gives him the credit that really is mine. My son, though he could not provide it himself, acts with my identity, and thus, has all the credit that I have earned.”

– Bryan Chapell, Holiness By Grace


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