Q. What does sanctification
In the Old Testament temple, for example, there were rooms that could
not be entered by anyone but the priest, there were vessels and
instruments dedicated for worship, and were not to be used for common
purposes. So we are to separated from the world order for Godís use
(2) to free from sin; purify.
The Bible teaches we are not only to do good works, we are to actually
be good, cleansed, purified, made free from sin. That cannot be done by
good works, sincere effort or a strong willpower. The sin nature must
be cleansed. Jesus died to accomplish our cleansing (Titus 2:11-14).
Is sanctification progressive or instantaneous?
Both. There is the progressive work of sanctification which begins
when you are saved. From that moment on, as you walk in obedience to
God and His word and daily grow in grace, you become more perfect in
your obedience and more closely conformed to the image of Christ
There is also a crisis of ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION when you
present yourself totally (without any reserve clauses) to God. On your
part, this is called total commitment or consecration. The baptism of the
Holy Spirit will cleanse your heart from all inbred sin (Acts 15:9).
This is followed by a lifelong growth in grace, as you develop a life of
godliness and true holiness by faith in the cleansing, sanctifying blood of
Jesus Christ (Colossian.2:6).
Is sanctification required or optional?
It is an absolute requirement. It is the will of God for you to be
sanctified (1 Thessalonians 4:3). It is the reason Jesus died, "Where
Jesus also that He might sanctify the people with His own blood
suffered without the gate" (Hebrews 13:12).
Didnít I receive the Holy Spirit when I was saved?
Yes. No one can be saved apart from the Holy Spirit (John 3:5). But
the fullness of the spirit, or the baptism of the Holy Spirit, comes after
you have been saved and then make a complete commitment of your all
to God (Acts 19:2).
Why must I be saved before I can be entirely sanctified?
Because until you are saved, you cannot present yourself a living
sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1). You are dead in trespasses and sins
(Ephesians 2:1). Only after you have been made alive can you commit
that life to God.
Do I need to speak unknown tongues as evidence that I have received
the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
No. The Scriptures teach that the evidence of the fullness of the Holy
Spirit is fruit, not gifts. According to 1 Corinthians 13, it is possible to
demonstrate the gifts and not have the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace,..." etc.. (Galatians 5:22).
Can a sanctified person ever be tempted to sin?
Yes. There is no state of grace that removes the possibility of
temptation; even our Lord was tempted in all points like we are, yet
without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
Can a sanctified person sin?
Yes. Sin is always a possibility. "Let him who thinks he stands take
heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12).
Is it possible to live a holy life without sin?
Yes. A Christian does not continue the habit and practice of willful sin.
The Apostle Paul asked, "Should we continue in sin that grace may
abound?" He then answered his own question. "God forbid! How can
we that are dead to sin live any longer therein" (Romans 6:1, 2)?
What happens if a sanctified person sins?
You must confess that sin and receive the cleansing of the blood of
Jesus (1 John 2:1,2).
What must I do to be sanctified?
1. Be sure your past sins are confess and forgiven, and that you are
walking in obedience to the light of Godís word.
2. Recognize that you need to be sanctified, that it is Godís will for
life, and that He is waiting to do it now.
3. Commit every area of your life to the will of God.
4. Pray in faith, asking God to give you the fullness of His Holy Spirit.
. . how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to
those who ask Him" (Luke 11:13)?
5. Believe that God has kept His word and has done the work.
A suggested prayer: Lord, You said in Your Word that the will of
God is for me to be sanctified. I recognize the need in my life. I
offer You all that I am and ever will be, all that I have or ever will
have. I surrender every area of my life to Your absolute control.
Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, cleanse my heart and give me power
to live a victorious, holy life. I pray in Jesusí name, with thanks.
Book recommendation: Holiness for Ordinary People, by Keith Drury We strongly recommend this book, which is the finest introduction to the important doctrine of Christian Holiness (entire sanctification) that we know of.
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