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Sanctification in General
Written on October 16th, 2004 - 2:57AM
Last Updated: February 10th, 2005 - 8:45PM

Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord, (Hebrews 12:14)

Sanctification is central to the Christian life. It follows salvation, baptism in water, and baptism in the Holy Spirit.

It is an act that is chosen at a point in time, which is practiced moment-to-moment, and is completed at the glorification of our bodies at the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus. Thus, it can be viewed as a three-fold doctrine from the scriptures.

May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

19However God's firm foundation stands, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are his,"{Numbers 16:5} and, "Let every one who names the name of the Lord{TR reads "Christ" instead of "the Lord"} depart from unrighteousness." 20Now in a large house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of clay. Some are for honor, and some for dishonor. 21If anyone therefore purges himself from these, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, and suitable for the master's use, prepared for every good work. 22Flee from youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:19-22)

The apostles practiced this, and we see that it was expected of their disciples as well. It is not optional for the Christian who wants to please God, and live a life in Him. Requiring everything the Christian is and has, it goes far beyond a single act. Though beginning with a single point in time of making the commitment, it continues on with unending consequences and rewards.

What is sanctification? In Hebrew and Greek, the words from which we get "sanctification" and "holy" and "consecrate" both have one root meaning: to be set apart. To sanctify (consecrate, make holy) is to set something apart for a special use. It becomes uncommon, not used for ordinary things, and is used only for a specific purpose. In English, our words mean the same thing.

"According to Merriam Webster "sanctification" means, 2 a : the state of being sanctified b : the state of growing in divine grace as a result of Christian commitment after baptism or conversion"

What does it mean to sanctify?

"1 : to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use : CONSECRATE 2 : to free from sin : PURIFY 3 a : to impart or impute sacredness, inviolability, or respect to b : to give moral or social sanction to"

Putting this together with the idea of God, we see that to sanctify ourselves to God, is to set ourselves apart from the world, the flesh and the devil, for His use. We separate ourselves, from the world, the flesh, and the devil. By a choice, we consecrate our lives wholly to Him: spirit, soul, and body. There is nothing left in us, including our very being, that is not His. We are purchased by Him through His blood, therefore we give Him what is rightly His.

Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. (Romans 12:1)

Knowing that God has redeemed us from the curse of sin, we show our love and thanksgiving by offering our redeemed selves unto Him. In this, we show that our body and spirit are His, and that we desire to glorify Him in them . It is only "reasonable" to serve God in such a way—we live each day for Him Who died and rose again for us (2 Corinthians 5:15)!

Don't be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

Here is the key! We must not be made to resemble this world, but rather we must be transformed! This word, "transformed," is from the same Greek word used of the Lord's Transfiguration (Matthew 17:2), where He began to shine much greater than the sun! God's Word promises that the wise and righteous will do the same (Daniel 12:3)! How are we then "transfigured"? "By the renewing of our minds"—this exact word is only used one other place in the New Covenant:

not by works of righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy, he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, (Titus 3:5)

The Holy Spirit is the One Who renews! He has been poured out on us, through the Lord Jesus, for He was the One prophesied to baptize in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-8)(Acts 11:15- 16). Thus, after receiving the Holy Spirit as our Lord commanded us to do before we go out to witness (Luke 24:49), we were renewed by the Holy Spirit. Paul commands us to continue to be transformed by this same renewing. We must therefore yield to the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to pray through us in His languages.

For he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries. He who speaks in another language edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the assembly. For if I pray in another language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also. I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. (1 Corinthians 14:2, 4, 14, 15)

But you, beloved, keep building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. (Jude 1:20)

And we must seek His manifestations (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). In so doing, our minds become renewed as we think upon His things (Philippians 4:6-8), as we submit to He Who knows the mind of God (Romans 8:26-28).

This practice of willingly sanctifying ourselves unto the King of heaven is the way to discover the latent gifts and callings that Yahweh has placed within you. It is the way of seeing how you fit into the Body of Christ, and how you can be used to edify that same Body, which is the Assembly of God. This step of love and obedience is the gateway into the Ministry of God.

No longer will you rely on temporal, natural things to make you happy, but will rely solely on the One who formed your very soul; the One who breathed into your nostrils the breath of Life; He who came down and was clothed with the same flesh as you are, to redeem you to Himself.

Yahweh God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)

14Since then the children have shared in flesh and blood, he also himself in like manner partook of the same, that through death he might bring to nothing him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and might deliver all of them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16For most certainly, he doesn't give help to angels, but he gives help to the seed of Abraham. 17Therefore he was obligated in all things to be made like his brothers, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. 18For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted. (Hebrews 2:14-18)

To be set apart unto God always includes sinlessness. The Holy One cannot tolerate sin in His presence—rightly so, for sin by definition is the cause for separation from Himself. Thus, sanctification is the acceptance of His Grace, of allowing Him to mold us as the clay that we are, into a vessel worthy of His presence and use. This necessitates shunning all forms of sin, both within and without.

18Flee sexual immorality! "Every sin that a man does is outside the body," but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19Or don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God? You are not your own, 20for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)

Following the Example of the Christ

The Son of God willingly sanctified Himself for our sakes. Because He set Himself apart from the world, He remained without sin. Because of this, He fulfilled the requirement of the Law, and was able to take our place as the eternal sinless sacrifice.

The next day, he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)

17Sanctify them in your truth. Your word is truth. 18As you sent me into the world, even so I have sent them into the world. 19For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. (John 17:17-19)

18knowing that you were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from the useless way of life handed down from your fathers, 19but with precious blood, as of a faultless and pure lamb, the blood of Christ; 20who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of times for your sake, (1 Peter 1:18-20)

Jesus said that He did not come to abolish the Law nor the Prophets, but rather to fill them up to fullness (Matthew 5:17). His intent as the Son of Man teaching the sons of men, was to reveal what it was that the Father looked for when He delivered His Law to Moses. The Law was meant to reveal sin, and thus show us our need for grace. All of humankind innately knows that it cannot help but to sin, and thus inherently is unworthy of God's kindness. Yahweh confirmed this with the Law, by specifically stating many things that offended Him, which also cause our death. To live a life free from sin, we need His Spirit enabling us to fulfill the righteous requirement of the Law—that is, we must live by faith according to His Spirit's indwelling in us.

2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. 3For what the law couldn't do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh; 4that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:2-4)

The grace freely shown to us through the death and resurrection of Christ, is now teaching us to no longer sin. If we know that we deserve death because of our sin, but have freely received life, how much more should we shun sin now?

You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin; (Hebrews 12:4)

This same Jesus and His Spirit lives today, and invites you to visit with Him in your time of need; when the desire to sin rises up, we can draw close to He who endured every same temptation. The throne of grace is ours to come before, to sit at His feet and receive strength.

Living (w)hol(l)y for Yahweh

Right now, consecrate your whole self unto the Lord of heaven. Openly proclaim to Yahweh that you are His, wholly, and holy. Let the demons hear you; let the devil hear you; let the angels of heaven hear you; hear yourself. Make no provision any longer, on how to gratify your fleshly desires, but give it all to your Maker; clothe yourself with Him.

Let the redeemed by Yahweh say so, whom he has redeemed from the hand of the adversary, (Psalms 107:2)

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, for its lusts. (Romans 13:14)

14as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, 15but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; 16because it is written, "You shall be holy; for I am holy."{Leviticus 11:44-45} (1 Peter 1:14-16)

Don't love the world, neither the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the Father's love isn't in him. (1 John 2:15)

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)

Follow in this timeless tradition, of setting yourself apart to the use of your Maker; for then you shall truly know peace, contentment, and joy. Pray this out loud and mean it and begin a life of sanctification unto God:

"Holy Father, I seek to be as Your Son Jesus, for He is Your Exact Image. I cannot, by myself, reach Your Holiness. From this point forward, I offer my whole self to You: spirit, soul, and body. I now dedicate my body to Your service. I consecrate my mind to Your thoughts and will. I yield my spirit to Your Holy Spirit, that all may be done in perfection, according to Your perfect way. Lord Yahweh, I now sanctify myself to You; I renounce sin, and the practice of it. I renounce the world, and all of its temptations. I reject the devil and all of his false promises. I wish for You alone. I desire nothing but You. Make me holy. Keep me holy. Release every spiritual gift you have bestowed upon me. If I, myself, am a gift to the Body of Christ—an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher—release that knowledge within me, that I may now begin to walk out the life you have called me to. May Your Hand be always upon me, guiding me by Your Spirit in Your perfect will. I now always look to You first, in all things. I am Yours, forever. Amein."

Now you have begun on the road to perfection; always striving for it, because to be like the Son of God, is to be perfect. Laying aside every sin that weighs you down, reach forward to the prize of perfection in Him.

Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1, 2)

For, "All flesh is like grass, and all of man's glory like the flower in the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls; but the Lord's word endures forever."{Isaiah 40:6-8} This is the word of Good Message which was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:24, 25)

1Putting away therefore all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisies, envies, and all evil speaking, 2as newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby, 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious: 4coming to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God, precious. 5You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:1-5)

11But if the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. 12So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God. 15For you didn't receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, "Abba{Abba is an Aramaic word for father or daddy, often used affectionately and respectfully in prayer to our Father in heaven.}! Father!" (Romans 8:11-15)

2in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the powers of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience; 3among whom we also all once lived in the lust of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus; 8for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not of works, that no one would boast. (Ephesians 2:2-9)

One important way to continue on

God has not left us without the means to carry out this holy life. As seen on the top of this page, baptism in the Holy Spirit is needed to effectively live for God, as Jesus taught His disciples, and they taught theirs (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8, etc.). Once you have been clothed with the Holy Spirit, you have a most wondrous ability to pray with Him. I encourage you to pray in the Holy Spirit every day, and whenever you are feeling the pull of the lower nature, and the temptation of sin.

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The Good Message

As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.

But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.

This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, Christ Jesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.

You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.

God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.

That Son, Jesus Christ, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.

His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.

The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.

So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.

Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!

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