“That You May Know Me Better:” The Narnian Sanctification of Lucy Pevensie
Review • Justification • A Legal Term • A One-Time Declaration of Righteousness • Romans 4-5 (esp. 4:13-24) • Applied to Eustace • A terrible boy • Dragon & Externalized Ugliness • Begins to abandon himself • “Began to be a better boy”
Sanctification • The meaning of the word • “Setting apart:” a suitcase, your shirts from the cleaners • The same as “saint,” “holiness,” “hallowed” • Initiated by Justification • A lifelong process, usually frustrating to all of us • Phil. 1:6
Lucy Pevensie • Name • Blessed Lucy, Vision, Purity of Heart, Gift of Faith • Always sees things first, reacts rightly • Progression • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Finds Narnia, Leads, Aslan’s name and Joy, thinks of others • Prince Caspian: Notices Narnia, Sees Aslan, More difficult duty & correction from Aslan (but more strength) • Edmund: “Well done.”
Lucy in Voyage • Vision • Notices the ship, sees her way into Narnia, knows where things are, spell to make things visible, prays, sees the Albatross, the underwater world, the Stone Knife • Results of vision: kindness, courage, wisdom, joy, helpfulness, loss for words • Weaknesses • Self-image, others’ opinions, selfishness and cruelty • Uniqueness • Connection with Lewis: insects, name, the silence of Joy (p. )243.
So What’s the Point? • Sanctification is a Path—a long road, a race that takes endurance and a clear vision of our Lord (Heb. 12:1-2) • Recognize the Imperfection of the Process—and let that ENCOURAGE us that we have miles to go and He will not abandon his handiwork (Phil 1:6) • Pp. 247-8: Sanctification—A Process of Recognizing Him Here