What Is Sanctification? Part 5


We must point out here that Jesus Christ had victory over sin on the cross of Calvary. We can rest in that victory as if it was ours. He indeed died for our sins; He took the punishment that we deserve. So, if we believe in HIM we, as John 3:16 tells us, “…should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (KJV)

 

      The saint always has the choice, but as long as there is no commitment to live holy lives in our secret places, before the Lord and men, we have yet to experience this beautiful work of grace call sanctification. In Matthew 5:48 Jesus tells us,

“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” NKJV

 

      The word perfect here is the Greek Word τέλειος meaning: “Finished, that which has reached its end, term, limit; hence, complete, full, wanting in nothing.[1]”. Going back to First Thessalonians 5:23, the word Sanctify is the Greek word ἁγιάζω, meaning: “To make holy, sanctify. To make clean, render pure. Particularly in Heb. 9:13. Metaphorically, to render clean in a moral sense, to purify, sanctify (Rom. 15:16, “being sanctified by the Holy Ghost,” meaning by the sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit on the heart. [2]

 

         It is amazing to me that when God the Father looks at us, He already see us morally clean through the blood of Jesus. But in the process, the Holy Ghost is working sanctification in us and through us. Hebrews 9:13-14 tells us,

 

13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (NKJV)

 

      The word Conscience means: “To be one’s own witness, one’s own conscience coming forward as witness. It denotes an abiding consciousness whose nature it is to bear inner witness to one’s own conduct in a moral sense (Titus 1:15). It is self–awareness.

(I) Particularly, a knowing of oneself, consciousness; and hence conscience, that faculty of the soul which distinguishes between right and wrong and prompts one to choose the former and avoid the latter[3]

 

In its simplest form, Sanctification is a deep conviction and desire to do right, even as we struggle with doing wrong. Doing right is our pleasure and when we do wrong there is deeper conviction and regret.

 

      It is a life that truly wants to please the Father, even in the mix of struggles with the flesh and attacks from the enemy through temptations.

 

To be continued…


[1] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

[2] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

[3] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

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