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April 3, 2014, 2:34 PM

Sanctification is Possible

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
 
The Bible calls it sanctification.  Jesus calls it bring "one with the Father."  John calls it "perfect love."  Paul calls it "the love of God shed abroad in our hearts."  Throughout the scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, this doctrine of salvation through sanctification is found.  An incalculable amount of literature has been written on the doctrine of sanctification, and the question: What is Sanctification?
 
As with any question, let us keep to the scriptures, for they are the “words of life;” and in regards to this particular question: What is Sanctification?  I would like to start by plainly stating what it is not:
 
It is not the will of man. (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
It is not obtained or sustained by the merit of man. (Ephesians 2:8)
It is not a “magic wand” for all your problems. (1 Peter 2:20)
It is not for a specific group of people. (Titus 2:11 & 12)
It is not after death. (Titus 2:11 & 12)
It is not forgiveness. (Acts 26:18)
It is not something you grow into. (Acts 2: 1-4)
It is not impossible. (Philippians 4:13)
 
           In my opinion (now mind you, this is my opinion), most of the confusion surrounding this doctrine can be found based somewhere in the above eight notions, at least four of which are frequently debated among denominations today.  Three of which are a misconception, and the final one is both.  This last one I would like to focus on for the time being, the notion that Sanctification “is not impossible.”
 
            I believe and the scriptures affirm that is not a notion at all, or an opinion; rather it is a fact from God.  Sanctification “is not impossible”.  It is very possible and very attainable.  In fact, it is the very reason Jesus came and died on this earth: “Father Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth.”(John17:17)  He went on to say “For their sakes I sanctify myself that they also might be sanctified through the truth.” (John 17:19)  Now, before we go further, please understand that Jesus does not expect you to never again commit “human error.”  If you promise your wife you will be home by five, but you get stuck in traffic and come in at five fifteen….you did not lie.  It is human error. Sin is not human error but is committed on purpose.  When the Spirit of God comes into your life and sanctifies you wholly, he will teach you where the line between human error and sin lies; and he will work on that ole’ head of ours AFTER he has perfected our heart.  The reigning power of Jesus Christ can indeed live within any willing, forgiven, human heart and give that man or women the power to overcome sin.  It is possible to live free from sin with Jesus Christ reigning free in your life.
 
            If perhaps even now, there is one or many reading and wondering, can I really live a: holy, clean, pure, sanctified life?  Ask yourself the same question that Paul did to King Agrippa 8 “Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?” (Acts 26:8)  If God can part the seas, calm the storms, stop the sun, create the world, and raise the dead…..can he not raise you out of the dead works of sin?  Indeed, he can raise anyone out of sin.  The sanctified life is one of servitude, humility, dedication, trust, and faith.  To live a life pleasing to God, we must walk each day, not with the mind of man (which is the mind of might or will-power), but with the mind of Christ.
 
I Peter 2:21-24
 
Bro. Patrick Collins

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