July 30, 2015
AT ONE AND THE SAME TIME A CHRISTIAN MAY SAY, "I AM SANCTIFIED" AND "I AM BEING SANCTIFIED."
TERMS OF SALVATION, #3 SANCTIFICATION
SANCTIFICATION means to be set apart unto holiness or holy use. In the Scriptures people, objects or situations may be thus set apart. At salvation a believing sinner is at once sanctified in Christ. He is our sanctification. This is positional sanctification. “But of Him (the Father) you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and…..sanctification” (1 Corinthians 1:30,31). Again, in daily life the Christian is being sanctified by Christ. This is called practical or progressive sanctification. In praying for His disciples, Jesus said to His Father, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17). Christians, therefore, can say both, “I am sanctified” and “I am being sanctified.”
1. POSITIONAL (ONCE FOR ALL) SANCTIFICATION
The Holy Spirit authors sanctification – 2 Thessalonians 2:13,14: “But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
When God saves a sinner, immediately he/she is saved, justified and sanctified (to use the terms we’ve studied). The Holy Spirit quickens us (Eph. 2:1) giving us new life (regeneration, new birth), a perfect standing before God the Judge (justification), deliverance from the penalty of sin (salvation) and now, SANCTIFICATION, a perfect standing in Christ. All that Jesus is, is reckoned to us. An old chorus puts it this way: “Jesus Christ is made to me, all I need, all I need. He alone is all my plea; He is all I need” (Based upon 1 Corinthian 1:30,31).
In this regard, ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS ARE SAINTS, RIGHT HERE AND NOW. So they are addressed as “saints” in the letters of St. Paul (Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Ephesians 1:1, etc.)
2. PRACTICAL (ONGOING OR DAILY) SANCTIFICATION
Day by day, God continues to “perform” (Phil 1:6) His work in the believer’s life – 1 Thessalonians 5:23,24 says: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” 2 Peter 1:2-4 informs us that God has given all that is needed to every believer in order to progress in holiness. “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
Availing him/herself of these means of daily growth in Jesus (Bible reading/study, prayer, the church, the ever-present Holy Spirit, etc.), the believer progresses in sanctification, becoming more and more like Jesus Himself. "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit" Corinthians 3:18).
- Dick Christen
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