What is Sanctification
The Doctrine of Sanctification
Salvation is something past, something present, and something future; a past fact, justification; a present process, sanctification; a future consummation, redemption and glory.
Sanctification is the removal of sin
Sanctification is the removal of the penal consequences of sin from the moral nature; through the renewing of the mind with the Word of God to produce fruit and life within a person’s heart. It is taking on the character of Christ vs. the character of Satan.
“Sanctification does not mean perfection reached, but the progress of the divine life toward perfection. As Paul said being transformed into the image, from glory to glory which means growing in Christ daily by becoming more like him or have more of the character of the fruit of the spirit which is gentleness, peace, love, patience, meekness, etc.
2 Cor 3:18 “But we all with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord , are being transformed into the image, from glory to glory, just as from the Lord the Spirit. ”
For example: David was a man after God’s heart and repented when convicted without hesitancy. He knew the love of the father and he understood repentance which means refreshing.
David understood redemption even before the Son of Man was born. How did he get this revelation? It was spending countless hours in the presence in relationship with the Father Most High. We all need to develop a close relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ.
Sanctification in the bible
John 17:17 – “Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth” ; 2 Cor. 10:5 – “casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” ; Phil. 2:12,13 – “work out your won salvation with fear and trembling; for it is god who worketh in you both to will and to work, or his good pleasure” ; 1 Pet. 2:2 – “as new-born babes, long for the spiritual milk which is without guile, that ye may grown thereby unto salvation.”
John 15:3 – “Already ye are clean because of the word which I have spoken unto you.” Regeneration through the word is followed by sanctification through the word. Eph 5:1 – “Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children.” Imitation is at first a painful effort of will, as in learning the piano; afterwards it becomes pleasurable and even unconscious.
“There are three deaths: 1. death in sin, our natural condition; 2. death for sin, our judicial condition; 3. death to sin, our sanctified condition …. As the ascending sap in the tree crowds off the dead leaves which in spite of storm and frost cling to the branches all the winter long, so does the Holy Spirit within us, when allowed full sway, subdue and expel the remnants of our sinful nature.”
1 John 3:3 – “every one that hath this hope set on him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” Sanctification does not begin from within. The objective Savior must come first. The hope based on Him must give the motive and the standard of self-purification. Likeness comes from liking. We grow to be like that which we like. Hence we use the phrase “I like” as a synonym for “I love.” We cannot remove frost from our window by rubbing the pane; we need to kindle a fire. Growth is not the product of effort, but of life. “Taking thought” or “being anxious” is not the way to grow. Only take the hindrances out of the way, and we grow without care, as the tree does.
The moon makes no effort to shine, nor has it any power of its own to shine. It is only a burnt out cinder in the sky. It shines only as it reflects the light of the sun. So we can shine “as lights in the world” only as we reflect Christ, Who is “the Sun of Righteousness” and “the Light of the world.”
what is justification
meaning of justification
Though the weakest faith perfectly justifies, the degree of sanctification is measured by the strength of the Christian’s faith, and the persistence with which he apprehends Christ in the various relations which the Scriptures declare Him.
Mat. 9:29 – “According to your faith be it done unto you” ; Luke 17:5 – “Lord, increase our faith” ; Rom. 12:2 – “be not fashioned according to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God” ; 13, 14 – “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof” ; Eph. 4:24 – “put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth” ; 1 Tim 4:7 – “exercise thyself unto godliness”
Take Every Thought Captive
How does one handle ungodly thoughts such as doubt, unbelief, self-hatred, addicstions or behaviors? By holding every thought captive.
1. Recogize the ghoutht for what it is – temptation. It takes 7 steps to sin.
2. Temptation is not a sin, it is only Satan’s kingdom checking you out.
3. Take that thought captive and cast it out of your mind before it becomes your sin.
When does it become sin? When it takes you into an action – anger, isolation, silent treatment, self-pity, etc.
Why is it sin when a man lusts because there is usually already an arousal which is an action.
For Example: Someone thre some fiery darts at you becuase of your child-rearing skills. You are tempted right away to get angry and throw some fiery darts right back at them. You could be templted to take offense and feel rejected. You could feel guilty and ashamed. You could get into strife with the other person. Thus, you now have a deacision to make.
You can say to yourself: “I know this is you tempting me, Satan. That is discernment from the Lord. God’s word says that I should not sin in my
anger. I won’t go there anymore! I know that the bible says I should cast down any imagination that does not agree with God’s word.” 2 Corinthias
Know the Trick of the Enemy
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Power of Your Words
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