The noun "sanctification
" is the translation of the Greek "hagiasmos
." The Greek, verb is "hagiazo
To make holy, to set apart for a special purpose, to be consecrated and purified.It is God’s Will For You:1 Thessalonians 4:1-8:
4 Brothers and sisters, now I have some other things to tell you. We taught you how to live in a way that will please God. And you are living that way. Now we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to live that way more and more. 2 You know all that we told you to do by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 3 God wants you to be holy. He wants you to stay away from sexual sins. 4 God wants each one of you to learn to control your own body. Use your body in a way that is holy and that gives honor to God. 5 Don’t let your sexual desires control you like the people who don’t know God. 6 Never wrong any of your fellow believers or cheat them in this way. The Lord will punish those who do that. We have already told you this and warned you about it. 7 God chose us to be holy. He does not want us to live in sin. 8 So anyone who refuses to obey this teaching is refusing to obey God, not us. And God is the one who gives you his Holy Spirit.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:
16 Always be full of joy. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 4:3:
God wants you to be holy. He wants you to stay away from sexual sins.THE NEED FOR SANCTIFICATION:A. GOD IS HOLY…Lev 11:44:
44 because I am the Lord your God. I am holy, so you should keep yourselves holy. Don’t make yourselves unclean with these crawling things.1Pet 1:14-16:
In the past you did not have the understanding you have now, so you did the evil things you wanted to do. But now you are children of God, so you should obey him and not live the way you did before. 15 Be holy in everything you do, just as God is holy. He is the one who chose you. 16 In the Scriptures God says, “Be holy, because I am holy.”B. WE ARE GOD’S SPECIAL PEOPLEExodus 19:5-6:
5 So now I tell you to obey my commands and keep my agreement. So if you do this, you will be my own special people. The whole world belongs to me, but I am choosing you to be my own special people. 6 You will be a special nation—a kingdom of priests.’ Moses, you must tell the Israelites what I have said.”1Pet 2:9-10:
9 But you are his chosen people, the King’s priests. You are a holy nation, people who belong to God. He chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He brought you out of the darkness of sin into his wonderful light.
10 In the past you were not a special people,
but now you are God’s people.
Once you had not received mercy,
but now God has given you his mercy.OUR STATE OF SANCTIFICATION1 Corinthians 1:2:
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:1 Corinthians 3:1:
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?
Thus, while Christians are not perfect, they are called “saints”.
They are called “saints” because they have be “set apart.”
This is referred to as “positional sanctification”
B. CHRISTIANS ARE ALSO BEING SANCTIFIED…
Sanctification is an ongoing process…
It begins at conversion and continues as we grow in faith.
1 Thessalonians 5:23:
We pray that God himself, the God of peace, will make you pure—belonging only to him. We pray that your whole self—spirit, soul, and body—will be kept safe and be blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.Christians are to pursue sanctification:Hebrews 12:14:
14 Try to live in peace with everyone. And try to keep your lives free from sin. Anyone whose life is not holy will never see the Lord.2 Corinthians 7:1:
Dear friends, we have these promises from God. So we should make ourselves pure—free from anything that makes our body or our soul unclean. Our respect for God should make us try to be completely holy in the way we live.
This is called “practical” sanctification.Christians are to be separate from the world:
2 Corinthians 6:14-18: (We Are God’s Temple):
14 You are not the same as those who don’t believe. So don’t join yourselves to them. Good and evil don’t belong together. Light and darkness cannot share the same room. 15 How can there be any unity between Christ and the devil[a]? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 God’s temple cannot have anything to do with idols, and we are the temple of the living God. As God said,
“I will live with them
and walk with them;
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.”
17 “So come away from those people
and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch anything that is not clean,
and I will accept you.”
18 “I will be your father,
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord All-Powerful.” OUR PRACTICE OF SANCTIFICATION:
1. Sanctification involves sexual morality. 1Th 4:3
2. We are to possess our “vessel” in sanctification and honor 1Th 4:4
3. Not in passion or lust, like those who don’t know God. 1Th 4:5
4. We are not to defraud our brothers in such matters 1Th 4:6
5. God will avenge those who practice immorality.
6. God has called us to holiness, not uncleanness 1Th 4:7
7. Reject this teaching is to reject God and the gift of His Spirit 1Th 4:8
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverbs 25.11
Now know that the two great foundation stones of our faith are Mercy and Grace! (joined but different) Mercy, making us right with God! Grace, making us able to be like God! The two, confidence and ability, making us unshakable… We fly when the bottom falls out! We draw from the mind of Christ when everyone else is losing theirs! We rescue others who are unsecured!Justification:
“We are justified freely by His grace thru the redemption that is in Christ Jesus!” R3.24Sanctification:
“If a man therefore purge himself he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use.” 2T2.21Left off talking through the realities of “Justification…” The creation and result of God’s mercy!
They had a forgiveness plan from “the foundation of the world!” A work of Jesus Christ for us! We can add nothing to it
; we believe and are made right thru faith in Him! A Sovereign work of God, something that cannot be judged by men! No one sees the heart of man but God! Look at the power twin… Sanctification!
If “Justification” is something God does on His own as the result of His Mercy! Then “Sanctification” is something we do in response to being justified… Enabled by His grace to grow into the image of His dear Son! We must have His F.B.G. because it’s too big a task to do on our own… We accept the imperative to purge/purify. We are renewed and transformed by the power He gives!
God doesn’t say, “You’re saved now, so try to be good!” He says, “You’re saved, now choose to be transformed and I will supply what you need
!”Sanctification is a co-operative process!
We are sanctified by God! “And the God of peace sanctify you wholly!”
1 Thessalonians 5:23:
We pray that God himself, the God of peace, will make you pure—belonging only to him. We pray that your whole self—spirit, soul, and body—will be kept safe and be blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.
He gave himself for us. By doing that, he set us free from all evil. He wanted to make us pure. He wanted us to be his very own people. He wanted us to long to do what is good.
1Cor 6.11 “By the new covenant we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all!”
1 Corinthians 6:11:
In the past some of you were like that. But you were washed clean, you were made holy, and you were made right with God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Jesus Christ did the things God wanted him to do. And because of that, we are made holy through the sacrifice of Christ’s body. Christ made that sacrifice one time—enough for all time.
to be a servant of Christ Jesus for those who are not Jews. I serve like a priest whose duty it is to tell God’s Good News. He gave me this work so that you non-Jewish people could be an offering that he will accept—an offering made holy by the Holy Spirit.
2Thess2.13 By the Word; cleansing us by the washing of the water of the word! Eph 5.26 sanctifying us by truth! John 17.17 By Faith in Christ! Acts 15.9 26.18 By prayer; create in me a clean heart O’ God! Ps 51.10 By fellowship; becoming wise by walking with wise! Prov 13.20 By our will; cleansing ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God! 2Cor 7.1 Not letting sin rule in our mortal bodies… Rom 6.12 By His chastening! “He chastens us for our profit that we might be partakers of His holiness… yielding the peaceable fruit of righteousness!” Heb12.6-11Sanctification is separation from evil!
“This is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication. That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor, not in the lusts of the unsaved… for God has called us to holiness.” 1Thess 4.3-7 Neo-theos: “Got Jesus, got holiness!” Understand the itching ears syndrome? “Be empowered by the grace that is in Christ Jesus… In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and earth and some to honor and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purges himself he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and suitable for the Master’s use, prepared for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2.1, 20,21 “Having the promises of God let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Cor 7.1 “Take a look at the love God has for us that we should be called His sons… and it may not appear what we will become but we know that when He comes we will see how much like Him we have become… and everyone with that hope in them purifies himself to be like Him! 1John 3.1-3 “If you are risen with Christ seek those things which are from above and not on the things of the earth for you are dead and your life is now in Christ who is our life… therefore put to death the connections to earthly things like fornication, impurity, runaway passions, worthless longings, greed… things you used to walk in…” Col 3.1-7 “Should we continue in sin so that grace abounds? God forbid. How can we who are dead to sin live in it any longer? Our old man is crucified with Him that the old body of sin might be destroyed, so that we don’t serve sin… so reckon yourself to be dead indeed to sin but alive unto God thru Jesus Christ the Lord.” Romans 6.1-11 “I preached that they should change their thinking and turn to God and habitually do the works that are suitable and equal to their reversal.” Acts 26.20Sanctification is separation from sin so that we can be wholly, hopelessly, devoted to God!OT:
separation of things for God’s use! NT:
mostly people! Set apart from something and for divine purposes…“Purging out the old leaven 1Cor 5.7 and presented to God for reasonable service!” Romans 12.2 Washed from sin/adorned with purity/ “meet” for the Master’s use! 2Tim 2.21 God may not desire for us to be rich or famous but He does will for us to be holy, separate and set apart for Him!I am not going to confuse justification and sanctification any longer!Justification/Salvation
is a work that God does and I cannot judge someone’s salvation by what they do! “We accept what You did Jesus!” Sanctification/Maturity
in Holiness is something we do, that must be encouraged and judged! “You expect us to do!”
I will not reverse the roles of justification and sanctification! Mercy, not grace, covers my sin/failures… That means I don’t get the F.B.G.’s to cover up my sin/sinful behavior! Can’t say: “not under law but grace!” When we don’t live up to grace and fall under the law we come back to Jesus for forgiveness/cleansing… 1John1.9, 2.1,2 Giving me repeated access to the dynamic of grace to overcome sin!
If we use grace to cover our sin, there will be no conviction for sin, just a wink and a pass to move ahead and more sin with impunity with further separation from God. But if we understand that sin is only covered by mercy, paid for at the Cross, we will move forward into grace wanting nothing further to do with the pain of sin! On the foundation of God’s crazy good love for me I am going to bear fruit that glorifies God! This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men… And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. Titus 3.8, 14CONCLUSION:
God’s will for you is to be sanctified in body and in spirit.1 Corinthians 6:18-20:
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Rejoice in the Lord Always
Pray without ceasing
In Everything Give Thanks
Accept and practice your sanctificationPrayer:
Psalm 141: 3-63 Lord, help me control what I say.
Don’t let me say anything bad.
4 Take away any desire to do evil.
Keep me from joining the wicked in doing wrong.
Help me stay away from their feasts.
5 If good people correct me,
I will consider it a good thing.
If they criticize me,
I will accept it like a warm welcome.
But my prayer will always be against the wicked and the evil they do.
6 Let their judges be put to death.
Then everyone will know that I told the truth.
Amen . . .
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