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.

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