Christian Fellowship 1996-04-15 - Sanctification

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"But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, that, just as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:30,31

"The people of God are sanctified, and their hearts are made pure, that they may be prepared for glory, as vessels are prepared by the potter for the use he designs." Jonathan Edwards

To sanctify is to separate from what is common and consecrate for a sacred use. So those in Scripture who were appointed to serve in the temple, were called holy, the temple itself, and its vessels and all the instruments of divine worship were also called holy, the city of Jerusalem was also holy, and God is said to have sanctified sabbath days.

Sanctification takes place, when God so illuminates the minds of believers, that they clearly understand all those things which tend to their greater confidence in the divine promises, and their progress in true godliness. Paul prays for this illumination, (Eph., 1:17,19; Col. 1:9). By sanctification, the image of the old Adam is defaced, and the image of the second Adam is implanted. The old man is put off and the new man is put on, and all these things are effected by the power of the Holy Spirit. Sanctification is sometimes spoken of in Scripture as the work of God in man (1 Thess. 5:23), and at other times, as the duty of man towards God (2 Cor. 7:1, 1 Thess. 4:3, 1 Peter 1:15,16). "The New Testament way of handling sanctification is never an appeal, it is a command." --D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The imperfection of sanctification is evident in the regenerate from the confession of all the saints, such as Job, David, Isaiah, Daniel, Paul, John, etc. This is also evident in the petition we are told to pray in the Lord's prayer, "forgive us our sins". "Sanctification will not get us to heaven but we cannot go to heaven without it." --Joseph Pipa

Definitive Sanctification

There is a sense in which we are sanctified. Scripture puts it this way, "...but you were washed, but you were sanctified" (1 Cor. 6:11, Hebrews 10:10). There is some sense that we are holy before the Lord. He not only views us as holy, but we are in some sense holy. "Those that are called and sanctified are to attribute it alone to the good pleasure of God's greatness..." --Jonathan Edwards

Sanctification is our task. It is what we are to do. It is the main task of our lives. The Scriptures are filled with examples of the process of sanctification in the lives of Saints. There is no way to read the Scriptures without seeing the process in the greatest and the least of the Saints.

"Sanctification is the main course of the Christian life." --Joseph Pipa

Soli Deo Gloria,

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