It is the changing divine activity, which brings about the change of a sinner into a saint, of a human, who inwardly and outwardly is redeemed from his sinful nature, which makes him fit to live henceforward inwardly and outwardly in sanctification and justification by the grace of God.
The Scriptures teach us, that we are not able to achieve this in our own human power or by positive thinking
Tit. 3:3-5, “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
Rom. 3:21-26, “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a Propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”
This Divine sanctification and justification is built in our being by our faith in and by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who brings this about in our being by His Holy Spirit
- We have to willingly take part in His graceful offer, which He has achieved for us,
- We have willingly being planted together in the likeness of His death.
- We have willingly toeat and drink (spiritually) His flesh and blood.
- We have to do this continually as long as our sanctification has not yet been finished.
1 Cor. 1:30, “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”
2 Thess. 2:13, “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”
Rom. 6:5, “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.”
John 6:48-58, “I am that Bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the Bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living Bread Which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this Bread, he shall live for ever: and the Bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this Man give us His flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth Me, even he shall live by Me. This is that Bread Which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this Bread shall live for ever.”
2 Cor. 4:10-11, “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”
Now faith is no matter to be brought about by ourselves, but is a gift of God, if we have been converted to God, andhave confessed our sins.
Eph. 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
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By E. van den Worm
Table of contents
- What is sanctification?
- This Divine sanctification and justification is built in our being by our faith in and by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who brings this about in our being by His Holy Spirit.
- Sanctification is the will of God; for He wants to completely redeem mankind, who is fallen in the power of satan and sin, in order to bless us and lead us to Himself into His heaven.
- Sanctification makes us to step out of the dimension of darkness and sin into the dimension of God’s divine light, into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son.
- The sanctifying work of our almighty Lord Jesus Christ begins with His redemption from the powers of satan and sin in our heart and life, and our rebirth out of God, the beginning of our spiritual resurrection life out of God.
- Without sanctification, which brings forth holiness of heart, we are not able to see God.
- This rebirth out of God is firstly not seen by our fellowman.
- This hiddenly created godliness has to develop into the revelation of God’s sonship, already here on earth.
- Sanctification does not happen automatically, we have to co-operate with Jesus for achieving it. In Jesus’ power we have to flee from any temptation that comes from the world around us and we have to mortify the power of sin in us until it is dead and we can not sin anymore.
- Let us so with perseverance and patience follow this Highway of sanctification under the conduct of the High Priest, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who comes to us through His Holy Spirit.
- The perfect sanctfication of all souls, who take part in the eternal Bride of God’s Lamb, also those out of the Old Covenant, happens in the Kingdom of King Jesus of 1000 years.
- Then God’s original plan with mankind has been perfectly achieved.