June 1, 2020

Brothers and Sisters,

This week let’s look at the Biblical doctrine on “SANCTIFICATION”

First, what is sanctification?  Here is my personal definition.  Sanctification is a purification process in the life of a believer to produce holiness and make the believer be more Christlike.  Now, I’ve just said a mouthful.  This is much easier to say than to put into practice. 

Sanctification begins at the new birth experience and will continue until we reach the shores of Heaven.  There will be no need for sanctification in Heaven because we will all have a new body (one that will never sin anymore).  So, sanctification is a slow process whereby we grow in grace and knowledge and put what we have learned into practice (purifying ourselves).

The goal of every believer should be to become more and more like Christ as we mature in the faith.  That is the definition of a Christian (to be Christ-like).  The early church (disciples) were first called Christians at Antioch.  (Acts 11:26….And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. 

I have been taught that the reason they called these disciples Christians was because they resembled Jesus so much in their deeds (actions) and the way they talked (communication).  I believe this is where sanctification plays such an important role in the life of a believer after they have accepted Jesus as their savior.  Sanctification changes our lives in order for us to display Christ to a lost and dying world through our “actions” and “communication”. 

The Bible says that before Jesus “quickened” us (made us alive) we were all dead in trespasses and sins.  

(Ephesians 2:1)  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

(Ephesians 2:2)  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

(Ephesians 2:3)  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

So, before we were born again, we all walked according to the course of this world.  Our conversation and our actions were in the lusts of the flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of our minds.  We were by nature the children of wrath (children of the devil), even as others.  Now that Jesus has made us alive, we have to learn a whole new way of living.  Old things have passed away and all things have become new.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

This new way is not natural to us.  We have to constantly learn and be reminded on how we should act and what we should say in certain situations.  This is where “SANCTIFICATION” begins in the life of the believer to change us from that old person we used to be into this “new creature” that God wants each of us to become.

Bro. Rick

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