Monday, July 24, 2017

WHAT IS THE FLESH?

When we say that something is worldly, we mean that it is of the world and contrary to heavenly things. When we say that something is fleshly, we mean that it is of the flesh and contrary to spiritual things. A Christian, a disciple of Jesus Christ, is not of this world. A sinner, anyone who willfully and knowingly disobeys Jesus Christ, is worldly and is of this world. Let us study the word of God and understand what is of the flesh and what makes it fleshly.

When God created man, He breathed into Adam the breath of life which is the spirit of a man. That spirit came from God and must return to God to give an account for the deeds/decisions made in the physical body. At the Great Judgment we will give an account for how we have chosen to rule over our flesh. The spirit and the flesh are the two parts of a man. He is spirit and he is flesh. There is a spiritual warfare between the flesh and the spirit. Which power will rule in your life? Will it be the power of the desires of the flesh, which is lust; or, will it be the power of a Spirit-filled life, which enables you to live holy for the rest of your life?

John 15:19
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Jesus clearly states that His disciples were “not of the world.” They were not sinners. They were in the world but not of the world in their lifestyle.

John 17:9-11
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

The flesh has a certain nature which God has given to every person. In addition to the five senses of taste, touch, sight, hearing and feeling, we have been subjected to many environmental influences which have affected the making of our character. We have many ideas, opinions and thoughts which stem from the various experiences in our flesh. We have many learned responses to the many and various events which stimulate our senses and thoughts. Out of these experiences and influences we have formulated beliefs, opinions, ideas and perceived ideals. We may think something is good and true when in reality it is evil and false. Conversely, we may be just as inaccurate in our judgment of what is evil and false which may be good and true. How can we know the difference? We can not depend solely on the flesh, our experiences and opinions. We must have the assistance of the Holy Spirit to correct our beliefs. The Word and the Spirit are the two witnesses which we must depend upon to correct our judgments.

The carnal nature is present in every child born into this world. The carnal nature is the propensity to sin which is present at birth. All children transgress the commandments of God and at some point in time when their maturity reaches a level of personal responsibility, God will convict them of the sin in their life. At this junction of knowledge, experience and revelation the child realizes that he is a sinner and in need of repentance and forgiveness. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” There is none righteous until they have, by faith and obedience, been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ.

The nature of man has been defiled by sin. Sin entered the world through Adam and the cure for this defilement is the shed blood of Jesus Christ, who gave His flesh to be the payment for the disobedience or sins of all men.

Romans 5:12-15
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

The Apostle Paul, writing under the influence of the Holy Spirit, said: “...by one man sin entered into the world...” And he added, “...through the offence of one man many be dead...” In agreement with many other scriptures Paul tells us that because of one man's sin, many have suffered spiritual death and physical death because of Adam's sin. But God be praised, “...much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many...”

There is a spiritual death and there is a physical death which has come upon all men because of Adam's sin. Spiritual death is when the spirit of a man is alienated from God, or separated from God because of sinful disobedience. There is also a physical death when the spirit is separated from the body of flesh. The natural senses of the flesh become corrupted when we choose to yield to the evil temptations of Satan. Satan tempts every man to satisfy the natural desires of the flesh, in such a manner or degree as to become lust, and to disobey the commandments of God.

The desires of the flesh can be satisfied with reasonable attention and provisions. When desire becomes excessive and intemperate, it is called lust. The lust of the flesh is the perversion of the natural desires of the flesh. The natural desires of the flesh become lust when excessive attention and provisions are made for the flesh. Fornication, covetousness and gluttony are common perversions of the flesh.

1 John 2:15-16
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

The desires of the flesh must be controlled by the grace of God which enables us to exercise temperance. This temperance is the self-control which the power of the Holy Spirit gives to you to control your flesh. Temperance is a decision and a choice which God requires you to exercise over your flesh. Because of grace, which is a gift, you can and must conquer the desires of the flesh and bring them into submission to the spirit. Our spirit must rule over our flesh. We must not let the flesh rule over our spirit.

Lust is used interchangeably with concupiscence, as it is used in the Holy Scriptures and it means to have a strong desire for something that is forbidden, especially a strong sexual desire. Understanding the context of what is being taught, the subject being addressed, is critical to properly understand the meaning of what has been written. We should desire and covet earnestly the best gifts of the Holy Spirit. We do not lust after those divine gifts.

Galatians 5:13-17
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

You can not do what your spirit wants to do without the grace of God. As long as the fleshly nature remains alive in your soul, you will continue to fight an inward foe which causes a continual, inward struggle. The fleshly nature, which has been corrupted by selfish, unrighteous desires, is enmity against all that is holy and just. But, there is a remedy for this great corruption of the spirit!

Romans 8:1-5
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

Victory over the flesh begins with repentance and being born again, justified by the blood of Jesus Christ. This victory is later sealed by the gift of the Holy Spirit who has been sent from God to purge your heart from the corrupted human nature which you inherited from your father!

Consider an example of the carnal nature working in the interest of self.

Matthew 20:20-21
20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.

The mother of James and John was not yet sanctified, filled with the Holy Spirit. We do not know exactly what her motivation was to have her two sons elevated in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. It may have involved some pride and the carnal desire for her sons to hold some special position of authority and power. We do know a little about how her request affected the other ten disciples. It caused them to have a resentful attitude which was also evidence of their carnality.

Matthew 20:24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.

There is a distinct difference between the conduct of the disciples before the day of Pentecost and the sacrificial life they lived after the day of Pentecost. The gift of the Holy Spirit, that purging power of the baptism of fire, brought power and victory over their carnality, their strife and division. See Acts 1:8.

Matthew 26:69-75
69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

Peter's carnal nature desired protection from the possibility of being physically beaten and persecuted. He may have feared for his very life. But then afterwards, he repented and was very sorrowful for his unfaithfulness to the man he had confessed to be the Son of God, the Messiah and Savior of the world.

Matthew 26:31-35
31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

Your flesh will be tempted by Satan to beg your attention and satisfaction for the purpose of self-gratification and protection. Will you serve the flesh or the Spirit?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

CONDUCT AND CHARACTER

A person's conduct is a witness to their character.
You will know a person's character by his conduct.
A righteous man will not produce evil, sinful conduct.
A sinful man will not produce righteous, holy conduct.
A righteous man will not be covetous of another man's possessions.
A sinful man will not love others with a righteous motive and attitude.
A sinful man will produce sin.
A righteous man will not commit sin.
These are the true teachings of Jesus Christ and His disciples.

Matthew 7:17-21
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 12:33-37
33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

You are what you do. Your actions are a reflection of your attitudes. You do what is in your heart. If your heart is evil, you will do evil. If your heart is holy, pure, clean, justified, then you are made free from evil deeds and desires.

Revelation 22:1-2
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Galatians 6:7-10
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Don't deceive yourself or allow someone to deceive you. What you do, whatever your conduct is; that is who you are. If you disobey the Holy Spirit who teaches you all things, then you are an evil person. If you obey the voice of the Holy Spirit and keep His counsel and commands, then you are holy, blameless and justified before God.

1 John 3:1-6
3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

A sinful man is known by his conduct, his actions and attitudes.
A righteous man is also known by his conduct, his actions and attitudes.
A sinner will commit sin and be condemned.
A righteous man will do good and not evil.

Luke 6:26-33
26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.

What kind of attitudes and actions do you have toward those who oppose you and speak evil of you? Can you really love them and do good to them? Your actions and attitudes toward those who oppose you are a measurable indication of how much grace you have. A justified, yet un-sanctified person, will have a real struggle with his attitudes and actions toward his opposers.

James 4:17
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

If you know what you ought to do, in any situation or circumstance, but you rebel  and refuse to do it, you are rebellious and disobedient and you are not saved. You are a sinner in need of repentance.

Do good and be good. Obey the voice of God and be ye holy, today.

Friday, July 14, 2017

THE WINE OF BABYLON

In this message title, I have used two words which are metaphors. A metaphor is a word used as a figure of speech in which the word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another. When metaphors are used to tell a story or teach a lesson, it is called an allegory or parable. God has chosen to hide many spiritual truths by using divine allegories and parables. These spiritual truths are revealed to the children of God and hidden from the children of the world (sinners). In this last statement, the word “world” is used as a metaphor for sinners.

The New Testament repeatedly confirms that God gives understanding to the disciples of Jesus Christ, but hides certain knowledge and understanding from sinners. Let us read and understand these three witnesses.

Matthew 13:11
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

God is merciful and will, at some time in a person's life, give them an opportunity to be saved and have fellowship with the Father and Jesus Christ. People ought to realize that when they ignore the voice of God and refuse to obey His words and His commandments, God is not obligated to continue to call them. He is not unjust when He quits dealing with rebellious people.

Mark 4:11
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

When God has something repeated in the Holy Scriptures, it is for the purpose of emphasis and to cause people to pay attention and do what He commands.

Luke 8:10
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

This is the third time this is recorded in the gospels. Do you think that Jesus meant what the Word says? How many times does God need to say something? He is a just God and when judgment and punishment come, He is still a God of mercy and justice.

Revelation 1:19-20
19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

An angel is a messenger of God. The angels of the seven churches in Asia to whom the Revelation is addressed are the pastors of those congregations. The seven candlesticks are the seven congregations to whom the Revelation book was addressed. These words and phrases are symbols which tell an important truth which God wants His people to understand.

Let us study a parable and define the symbols which Jesus used.

Matthew 25:1-13
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins [pure, clean and undefiled individuals, i.e. saints], which took their lamps [the light of true salvation, the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ], and went forth to meet the bridegroom [Jesus Christ, the Husband and the Head of the church].
2 And five of them were wise [possessed the full knowledge of the complete plan of salvation], and five were foolish [these did not have the experience of full salvation or entire sanctification, they were therefore weak and faulty].
3 They that were foolish took their lamps [the light of truth], and took no oil with them [they had oil in the lamp, but did not have a second measure of oil in their vessel with their lamp]:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels [an additional or second measure/source of oil] with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered [half asleep] and slept [fully unconscious].
6 And at midnight [end of time] there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom [Jesus] came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins [whose light had gone out, i.e. backslidden], saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not [you workers of iniquity who have allowed your light to go out].
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

A woman or women are often used as a symbol in the Bible to represent a religious organization. There is the virgin woman which represents the true church of God and then there are other women who are portrayed as whores and harlots who represent false religious organizations.

Isaiah 4:1
And in that day seven women [religious people who claim to be of God] shall take hold of one man [Jesus Christ, the Husband of the Church], saying, We will eat our own bread [doctrine], and wear our own apparel [religious conduct]: only let us be called by thy name [church of God], to take away our reproach.

This verse speaks of the Protestant and Catholic churches of our day who claim to be Christian, but will not obey the doctrines of Jesus Christ and act like disciples of Christ ought to act. They want to believe that they are Christians. They want other people to accept them as Christians. However, they will not submit to sound teaching, modesty and holiness.

Revelation 17:1-6
1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

False religion is any religion which would teach false doctrine which causes people to remain in their sins and still claim to be in fellowship with Jesus Christ. Their false doctrine is the “wine” which makes them drunk with the conviction that they can go to heaven without ceasing from their sins. They are drunk with the wine of her fornication. To be joined to a false religion is to commit spiritual fornication against Jesus Christ.

Revelation 19:1-2
1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

If any person becomes one with or in fellowship with these Babylonian organizations then they will be judged with the corrupt system. To join them in their false worship is to become partakers of the sin of Babylon.

Revelation 14:8
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

You can not effectively witness to someone who is drunk on alcohol; neither can you effectively witness to someone who is drunk on Babylon's doctrines.

Many religious people are drunk on the following doctrines:
1. Eternal security – sin you will, sin you must every day in thought, word or deed.
2. The millennial reign of Christ in Jerusalem at His second advent.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sanctification a Present Reality

I have compiled this list of scriptures for someone who asked for a list of scriptures which teach sanctification as a present-day reality. This is a critical doctrine which is very apparently being neglected. It seems that very few people (even in “church of God” congregations) are being taught and led to this vital experience. A lack of sanctified Christians is directly related to a lack of power in the congregations of the church of God.

Luke 1:74-75
74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

1 Corinthians 3:17
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.


1 Corinthians 2:6
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect:

2 Corinthians 7:1
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Ephesians 1:4
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

1 Thessalonians 4:7-8
7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

Hebrews 12:14-15
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

1 Peter 1:13-16
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Matthew 5:48
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Luke 1:6
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

1 Corinthians 1:6-8
6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:4-6
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

2 Corinthians 13:9
For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Hebrews 10:14-16
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

Ephesians 4:11-13
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Colossians 1:28
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Colossians 4:12
Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

1 Thessalonians 2:10
Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

1 Thessalonians 3:8-13
8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

2 Timothy 3:17
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Hebrews 6:1-6
1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 And this will we do, if God permit.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

Hebrews 10:14-20
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

James 1:4
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Sanctification is an act of divine grace performed by the Holy Ghost upon the nature and soul of a person who submits himself entirely to the holy will of God. In sanctification the inherited carnal nature of him who is seeking to serve God is purged. The inherited carnal nature is enmity against God and a hindrance to the total submission and obedience of a justified person. A person can only remain in a justified state (un-sanctified or lacking the second work of grace) only until that time when not yielding oneself as a sacrifice to be sanctified would be disobedience to the command of God. Entire sanctification, as defined by the reception and indwelling of the Holy Spirit, was never experienced under the Old Testament covenant of Moses. On various occasions God did send His Holy Spirit to empower and enable His servants to operate under the divine influence of the Holy Spirit; however, these special empowerings did not result in the purging of the carnal nature or the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit. “The way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing.” (Hebrews 9:8b).

Isaiah 4:2-4
2 In that day [the day of the gospel dispensation] shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.
3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion [the church of God], and he that remaineth in Jerusalem [the church of God], shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:
4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment [justification], and by the spirit of burning [sanctification].

Isaiah 65:24-25
24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.

This divine allegory given to Isaiah is a prophecy of the baptism of the Holy Spirit fire which purges the carnal nature and makes the child of God a partaker of God's divine nature. When such a nature change takes place, it will be as miraculous as the wolf and the lamb feeding together and the lion eating straw. The Holy Spirit changes the nature of them who are destructive into humble and peaceful people.

John 14:16-17
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

These words of Jesus Christ were fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, fifty days after the Passover and the crucifixion of Jesus.

Acts 8:12-17
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

The new converts at Samaria believed the gospel of Jesus Christ, they received the gospel and they were baptized. These were justified by their faith and the blood of Jesus Christ. It is very apparent that they were subsequently (at a later time) sanctified by the Holy Spirit when Peter and John laid their hands on them and prayed that they would receive the promised Holy Spirit.

Romans 5:1-2
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The human body, the flesh, of Jesus Christ is represented by the veil in the temple which was torn from top to bottom signifying that we now have access into this grace which gives us the power to consistently and continually resist Satan and to say no to every temptation. Holiness is living free from all sin.

2 Corinthians 1:15
And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;

The Greek word charis (khar'-ece); is defined as the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life. This is the power of God which is called “grace.” This divine power is the influence of the Holy Spirit upon the heart which is reflected outwardly in the conduct of the life. By the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit we have the ability to live free from sin all the remaining days of our life.

2 Thessalonians 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:

If a person has not been filled with the Holy Spirit subsequently to being born again (regenerated, converted, justified) then he is not yet complete in the salvation which has been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. Our completeness in Christ includes both justification and sanctification. Don't try to make it to heaven on one cleansing work of grace. The plan of God includes two cleansing works of grace. This is not the design of any man. It is the design of God set forth in types, symbols, metaphors and allegories.

If the carnal nature is still active in your soul, you will have great difficulty keeping yourself from sin. If the fruit of the Spirit is not clearly evident in your conduct, it is a good sign that you are not sanctified.

Galatians 5:22-25
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

The nine characteristics describe the virtue of the Holy Spirit and all those who are sanctified. It this entire list of virtues is not evident in your life, please fast, pray and ask God to give you the gift of the Holy Spirit so that you can keep your heart from refusing the counsel and commandments of God.