What Is Sanctification? Part 9


Repentance without embracing sanctification is not truly repentance. This person will find his/herself going back to the same sin over and over as the conviction of sin and commitment to follow God’s ways is shallow.

 

      The sanctify believer has an unparalleled love, respect and appreciation for God, the things of God, the ways of God and the people of God. This is a person whose life is centered in God’s presence. The Bible tell us in John 14:15,

 

If you love Me, keep My commandments. (NKJV)

The word Keep means: “A warden, guard. To keep an eye on, watch, and hence to guard,[1]” Warden means a custodian.”

      So we are not talking about a perfect person here in the sense of not making mistakes, but a person that is constantly keeping his/her eyes in the things of God, in what God has to say and in His ways.

      The doctrine of Inclusion in the Body of Christ is a slap in the face to sanctification all together. It teaches that everybody will make it to heaven. No need for repentance, no need for Jesus and hell does not exist. This doctrine is very attractive to the world because it takes away any message that points out sin or the need for change.

      So you can be and do whatever you want and because God is love He will bring you in. This is a half true; that means that it is also a half lie. God is love, but we are not call to do whatever we want, we are call to repent of our sins, receive Jesus as our Savior, but also embrace Him as our Lord. Embracing Christ as the leader of our life is what separated us from the rest of the world that want nothing to do with HIM. Sadly, these Biblical doctrines are seen as outdated and as highly offensive today.

      In Matthew 7:21-23 the Bible tells us,

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ NKJV

 

This is a word for Christians; demons do not cast out demons. These are not just imperfect Christians like the rest of us; these are Christians that are openly practicing lawlessness. These are Christians that are totally turning their backs on sanctification and a Godly lifestyle. Help us Lord!

 

 

To be continued…

 


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

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