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The Call to Sanctification

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Understanding the meaning and characteristics of sanctification

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The Call to Sanctification

The story has been told of a do-it-yourselfer who went into a hardware store early one morning and asked for a saw. The salesman took a chain saw from the shelf and commented that it was their “newest model, with the latest in technology, guaranteed to cut ten cords of firewood a day.” The customer thought that sounded pretty good, so he bought it on the spot.
The next day the customer returned, looking somewhat exhausted. “Something must be wrong with this saw,” he moaned. “I worked as hard as I could and only managed to cut three cords of wood. I used to do four with my old-fashioned saw.” Looking confused, the salesman said, “Here, let me try it out back on some wood we keep there.” They went to the woodpile, the salesman pulled the cord, and as the motor went Vvvrooommm, the customer leaped back and exclaimed, “What’s that noise?”
The customer trying to saw wood without the power of the saw to help him is very much like the believer who attempts to live the Christian life without the daily empowerment of the Spirit.1184
Michael P. Green, 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000), 320.

The Meaning of Sanctification: It is the continuing work of God in the life of the believer, making him or her actually holy. ---by “holy” it is meant “bearing an actual likeness to God.”--- sanctification is a process by which one’s moral condition is brought into conformity with one’s legal status before God.

Two basic Sense of holiness: (1) a state of being separate, set apart from the ordinary, and dedicated to a particular purpose or use. (2) a sense of moral goodness, we are to live lives of purity and goodness

God call us to holiness (; ; ; Pet. 3:11)

1. And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” ().
2. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord ()
3. Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” ()
4. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of person ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness ()
Therefore,
Manual of Bible Doctrines How Men Are Sanctified

Sanctification is God’s work. As it was God who in the old dispensation set apart the first born for Himself, so it is God who in the new dispensation sets apart the believer for Himself and separates him from sin. This thought is sustained by 1 Thess. 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly;” and John 17:19, “And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”

Sanctification is God’s Work

Sanctification is God’s work. As it was God who in the old dispensation set apart the first born for Himself, so it is God who in the new dispensation sets apart the believer for Himself and separates him from sin. This thought is sustained by , “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly;” and , “And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”
Sanctification is God’s work. As it was God who in the old dispensation set apart the first born for Himself, so it is God who in the new dispensation sets apart the believer for Himself and separates him from sin. This thought is sustained by , “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly;” and , “And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”

God Will Continue the Work ()

(NKJV) 6being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

God’s Divine Purpose of this Work: the likeness of Christ (Rom 8:29)

6being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

God’s Divine Purpose of this Work: the likeness of Christ ()

(NKJV) 9But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
9But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

Sanctification is the Work of the Holy Spirit (, ; ; ,,,,)

(NKJV) 16I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
16I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
(NKJV) 25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
(NKJV) 4that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
4that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Christians are to work and to grow in the matters pertaining to salvation (; , ; ; )

(NKJV) 12Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
12Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
13for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
(NKJV) 13For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
13For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
God’s work of grace apparently moves downward through our physical body. The last part of us to experience full salvation seems to be our right foot! Actually, the way we act behind the wheel of a car is often more indicative of our walk with God than the way we act praying in a pew or smiling over a well-marked Bible. So, if we occasionally must speed, maybe it would help to sing loudly:
At 45 m.p.h.—“God Will Take Care of You”
At 55 m.p.h.—“Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”
At 65 m.p.h.—“Nearer, My God, to Thee”
At 75 m.p.h.—“Nearer, Still Nearer!”
At 85 m.p.h.—“This World Is Not My Home”
At 95 m.p.h.—“Lord, I’m Coming Home”
Over 100 m.p.h.—“Precious Memories”1188
Michael P. Green, 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000), 321.
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