Episode 66 Sanctification
What is sanctification? We are told this is the will of God but how does it take place? Is sanctification optional or is sanctification a necessary part of our salvation? How are we sanctified unto God? In the Old Testament we see many references to sanctification. The priests were sanctified in a very detailed way for their service in the temple. The altar was sanctified before the sacrifices were offered on it. The people were commanded to sanctify themselves before they approached God. Instructions for sanctification are brought into the New Covenant but on a higher plane. Christ sanctified Himself that we might be sanctified unto God.
• The basic meaning of sanctification is to be separated from the world and set apart to God
• Sanctification has two basic parts ( by Jesus and the Holy Spirit)
o We are set apart to God because of the blood of Christ (Heb. 10:5-14)
o The Holy Spirit brings truth into application in our lives (2 Thess. 2:13)
• Christ sanctified Himself on the cross that He my sanctify us in truth (John 17:19)
• The continual work of sanctification comes through the word of God as we obey
o The washing of the word (Eph. 5:26)
o Through obedience (2 Tim. 2:21)
• Sanctification results in purification of the whole person (body, soul, spirit) I Thess. 5:23)
• Sanctification is an essential part of our salvation “Chosen for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth (2 Thess 2:13)
• Submitting to the sanctification of the Spirit results in us being conformed to His image. That is what God is doing, changing us from glory to glory into the image of His Son, preparing us for the final wedding day.
• Sanctification touches anything in our lives that is contrary to the nature and character of God
• Salvation is not just a “ticket to heaven”, leaving us here to live for ourselves until that day, but calling us out of this world, out of sin, and into union with Christ. The Holy Spirit is our “down payment” or dowry, waiting for the final wedding day, or the consummation of the marriage.
• “He who has this hope, purifies himself, even as He is pure” (I John 3:3)
• How do we insult the Spirit of grace? (Heb. 10:29)