Regain peace with God…
There has been a time where we had sticking points, in relation to the things that are above, of which we didn’t were aware of. Today, those things being resolved, we’re naturally committed to share with you what enables us to regain this peace with God.
Today, it’s about sanctification, but we’ll also talk about other topics subject to questioning.
“According to the Spirit of the Scriptures, does God ask to any man to participate in his sanctification ?”
Generally, this is what we hear about this :
● Every day of his life, the child of God must look for sanctification, just as the Bible order it.
● If we desire that God welcomes us during prayer or worship, if we want the Lord to be with us and helps us each day, it is essential that we’ll sanctify ourselves.
● We must know look for sanctification by turning ourselves aside the evil in order to do good things. It asks for a voluntary decision and requires an effort on our part.
● The sanctification’s goal in the children of God’s life is also to teach how to put it into practice.
With your consent, let’s look at what the Scripture says, along with, in several places, some question’s proposals which you’ll can answer by yourselves :
32 Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the Lord which hallow you,
33 That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord.
Here, the LORD bear witness of himself : He is the one who hallows.
Hebrews 10 :
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Does this passage of the Scripture asks for anyone in any way, to take part to his sanctification ? Or it is written that within Jesus Christ we’ve been sanctified once for all ?
All has been done by the will of God, and not by a voluntary decision from a man !
And it is mentioned that all of this has been done “once for all” !
1 Thessalonians 4 :
1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
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.
What is this verse 3 about ? To do, or to abstain, which is the “not-do”.
Are we sanctified because we abstain, or it is because we are sanctified that we abstain ?
Whats is asked here, is to recognize ourselves as being sanctified in Him, in Jesus, by his major act. And then keep what we already possess, by the work of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 12 :
14 Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord:
That is an important verse because it is precisely this one who is generally preached in various assemblies, meaning : “I need to sanctify myself”.
Here again, any insidious question would fade away from itself if we firstly talk about a sanctification made by God, in Jesus Christ.
So there is two sanctifications : one by God, and ours. The one who comes from God is perfect, et ours does not add to it. But the difference between them is that, in the second one, it happens in a personal experience, in our everyday life. In sum, the first one is a fact from God, from which the second appears, which is the personal experience.
1 Corinthians 1
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
This part who clearly states that we are “in Him”, talks in particular about something very bad : the pride. !
Yes, the pride of pretending to do what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Glorifying ourselves !
That’s why the apostle Paul wisely adjust, making use of the inspired Scripture, to say : “But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 10:17)
In Him…here, there is no try to take credit for anything that belongs to God; to God alone…
John 17 :
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Jesus is the Word, the Truth, the one who hallows.
In the texts, He clearly talks in regards to the faith. He talks towards “them also which shall believe” in Him, to the sanctification he has done, Him.
1 Corinthians 1 :
1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
“that are sanctified” it’s conjugated in the past.
1 Corinthians 6 :
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
“ye are sanctified”, it is still conjugated in the past. The Spirit talks to the faith.
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.
Question : If it was possible for a man to purify and improve his sanctification, what would have been the point of Jesus coming ?
Here, it is the same as stated above, : the beginning of sanctification comes from God; then the “awareness” of this internal sanctification makes itself spread in the whole us, and even in our everyday life.
If there is not this “awareness” of the sanctification which comes from God, then the man will try to sanctify himself, by himself…and at the end, there will be a risk that he glorifies himself for it.
Hebrews 2 :
10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
If we were not fully and perfectly sanctified, does Jesus could call us his “brethren” ?
2 Thessalonians 2 :
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
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:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Who does this separation’s work, this sanctification’s work ?
1 Thessalonians 5 :
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
It is explicit here :
– And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly…
– and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless
and so on.
This is indeed a full sanctification, which comes from God by Jesus Christ, that makes, departing from this internal “awareness”, our whole external being naturally follows what our internal one already have !
Through all the texts quoted here, is the sanctification something that God orders us, or something that God makes in us by the work of Jesus Christ ?
Be at peace with God