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)
Episode 65 Experiencing God in Relationships
At the heart of what God is doing is proper relationships. Thus it should not surprise us that the enemy does everything within his power to destroy relationships and create enmity between us and God and between one another. We are commanded to not be ignorant of his devices. How can right relationships be established, maintained, and strengthened? To see all relationships established and maintained for the purpose and glory of God takes nothing less than the power of God. We must avail of God’s provision, and that provision is experienced in union with Him, our spirit joined with His Spirit. Our relationship with God must first be right before we can work out other relationships in a proper way.
Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject. This ministry was given in January 1986 and followed other ministry on this subject.
As he begins, you will hear him refer to some questions that were given the week before for serious consideration before the Lord and further fellowship. The discussion was not recorded, but the questions were as follows:
• What is your statement of God’s purpose?
• How much are you committed to seeing that purpose fulfilled?
• What have you done this past week in these three areas:
o Your relationship with God
o Your relationship with your husband or wife
o Training your children
This ministry is also available on the web site:
Episode 64 Pursuing Holiness
God is holy beyond anything we can imagine, but we are commanded to “be holy for I am Holy.” We are also commanded to pursue holiness without which no one will see the Lord. How do we do this? How can we be holy? When we try to comprehend the holiness of God, we may feel so inadequate that we give up before we even start. How can we be holy as He is Holy? But we cannot just put this subject aside because the admonition in scripture is very real and critical.
Today in looking at this question, I want to read a chapter from a book by Tozer entitled “The Knowledge of the Holy.” I think the direction and encouragement there can be helpful to us all. May God shed light in each of our hearts as we press in to know God.
I Peter 1:15-16
Here is the link to Tozer’s “Knowledge of the Holy”
Episode 63 A Beginning Expression of the Church
What should we expect in a beginning expression of the church? We see in some degree what God wants, but how do we begin? What is our responsibility? We want to obey God, but what truth is important at the foundation? How does an expression of the church come into being? We may have come out of a more formal institution of some kind in hunger for more reality but are not clear in what we need to do. What truth is essential at the foundation? How do we know that God is gathering a people together and it is not just an effort of man? We face these and many related questions in a beginning gathering of God’s children.
Today we share with you a time of ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject. The setting is a home in which a few brothers and sisters had been gathering once each week for several years for a Bible Study. Gordon was encouraging them in take their responsibility before God seriously and act on the truth that they had already received.
I think any gathering could benefit from the truth Gordon was sharing, but particularly a beginning gathering that is seeking to be more established and express the life of God in their locality.
The recording of this time of ministry is also located on the NT Church Source web site at the following link: