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Sanctification

posted Sep 13, 2016, 10:21 AM by First Baptist


 

“Sanctification” is an important word & concept in Christianity. That’s really an understatement – it’s critical!

 

Definition

 

The following definition is by Millard Erickson and worth reading several times:

 

“Sanctification is the continuing word of God in the life of the believer, making him or her actually holy. By “holy” here 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. It is a continuation of what was begun in regeneration, when a newness of life was conferred upon and instilled within the believer. In particular, sanctification is the Holy Spirit’s applying to the life of the believer the work done by Jesus Christ.

 

The Characteristics of Sanctification

 

1.      It is a supernatural work; it is something done by God, not something we do ourselves.

2.      This divine working within the believer is a progressive matter; it doesn’t happen all at once.

3.      The aim of this divine working is likeness to Christ himself.

 

Is the Believer Passive in This?

 

At first glance, it seems that way. And yet, the Scriptures constantly exhort us to work and to grow in matters pertaining to salvation. To say that sanctification is exclusively of God is to say that its power rests entirely on him.

 

Beholding the Glory of the Lord

 

Here’s probably the most important verse in the Bible concerning our part in sanctification:

 

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. (II Corinthians 3:18)

 

So, how is it that we are transformed

into the image of the Lord (into his likeness)?

 

By beholding his glory.

 

We do this in the Word – but not just in the four Gospels. The entire Bible points to Christ (see Luke 24:27).

 

When you see the glory of the Lord in the Scriptures, it changes you.

 

 

Pastor Dan

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