Bible Ballistics: Vol. 10 No.5 Sanitized Or Sanctified???
Today I’d like us to consider the doctrine of ‘sanctification’ particularly in light of a culture that seems to be much more interested in ‘sanitizing’ men instead of calling them to sanctification that only comes through the cleansing, life-transforming transaction of salvation—being born again of the Spirit of God! Only God can change the heart of a lost man, woman, boy or girl into the heart of a ‘child of God’!
“But as many as received him,
to them gave he power
to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born,
not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.” John 1:12-13
When someone comes to Jesus through repentance and faith in His substitutionary, atoning sacrifice for their own ‘individual, personal’ sin, they are transformed by the blood of Jesus into a child of God. They aren’t cleaned up (sanitized) by doing ‘good’ works, but sanctified by the sacrifice that Jesus made for ‘sin’! Paul describes this transaction in his letter to the Colossians, as deliverance and translation—being changed from a worldly, sinful creature to a new birth (See John 3:1-19) child of God.
“Giving thanks unto the Father,
which hath made us meet to be partakers
of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us
from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us
into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption
through his blood,
even the forgiveness of sins…..
20 And, having made peace
through the blood of his cross,
by him to reconcile all things
by him, I say,
whether they be things in earth,
or things in heaven.
21 And you,
that were sometime alienated
and enemies in your mind
by wicked works,
yet now hath he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh
to present you holy
in his sight:” Colossians 1:12-14 & 20-22
Do you understand that—
we were in darkness without Jesus–
but we can receive deliverance
from darkness into HIS light?
We were in sin without Jesus—
but HE translates/changes us into HIS kingdom
through HIS blood
even the forgiving our sin/sins?
We were alienated from God—
but Jesus reconciles us to God,
and gives us peace with God?
All of this offered to those who will come to Jesus in repentance and faith in His death for ‘my’ sin! But it doesn’t stop there; He doesn’t ask us to ‘sanitize’ our lives but HE does a transforming work of redemption which makes us fit to receive the “inheritance of the saints in light”, and then He is works within our hearts and lives to “present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight”. God clearly says that we can do nothing to save ourselves, but He will save from Hell, and sanctify us!!!
“And you, being dead in your sins
and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
hath he quickened together with him,
having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances
that was against us,
which was contrary to us,
and took it out of the way,
nailing it to his cross;” Colossians 2:13-14
Jesus paid it all—all for you—and all for me!
“And you hath he quickened,
who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past
ye walked according to the course
of this world,
according to the prince
of the power of the air,
the spirit that now worketh
in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all
had our conversation in times past
in the lusts of our flesh,
fulfilling the desires of the flesh
and of the mind;
and were by nature the children
even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy,
for his great love
wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins,
hath quickened us together
(by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together,
and made us sit together
in heavenly places
in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:1-6
All of these passages remind us that Jesus saves and gives ‘new’ life to those who will receive Him—a life that is lived by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, imparted to us because of the completed work of salvation that Jesus accomplished at Calvary!! As the old song says, “The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference”. Yet we live amongst those who are purporting a Gospel that promises to punch your ticket for heaven, but makes no change, and certainly no demands for any evidence of a ‘transformed’ life.
Jesus saves us to be His hands and feet to the world, but even more so, to be a demonstration of His saving power which manifests itself in the transformed life of those truly redeemed, children of God. And regardless of what men may say, God knows those who are really His own. And my friends, saying so, doesn’t’ make it so.
“Nevertheless the foundation of God
having this seal,
The Lord knoweth them
that are his.
And, Let every one that nameth
the name of Christ
depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19
As my mother used to say, “You can fool all of the people, some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time. But you can’t ever fool God!” Yet we have a whole lot of people who are promoting a ‘gospel’ that doesn’t line up with scripture. When we come to Jesus—He makes a change! What Jesus imparts isn’t cheap grace; it is the ‘blood bought’ transforming power of the blood of Jesus that “cleanses us from all sin”.
“Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who hath blessed us
with all spiritual blessings
in heavenly places
4 According as he hath chosen us in him
before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy
and without blame
5 Having predestinated us
unto the adoption of children
by Jesus Christ
according to the good pleasure
of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace,
wherein he hath made us accepted
in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption
through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of his grace...” Ephesians 1:2-7
We’re adopted into the family of God, and that new birth transaction will always leave a ‘family resemblance’. No, we aren’t made instantly perfect, but we are ‘being sanctified’ (made holy and set apart) unto God, learning to be a help and encouragement to all those who call upon HIS name.
“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth,
to them that are sanctified
in Christ Jesus,
called to be saints,
with all that in every place
call upon the name of Jesus Christ
3 Grace be unto you,
from God our Father,
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:2-3
So our questions for today are, ‘Are you trying to live a ‘sanitized’ life by your own power?’ Or, ‘Are you born again, yielding to the work of God in your life and reflecting the sanctifying power of God before a lost and dying world; sanctified by the substitutionary, sacrificial atoning death of Jesus Christ?’ Jesus brought in the ‘New Covenant’ by His sacrifice, the indwelling Holy Spirit to “guide you into all truth”! (See John 16:13)
“Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God.
He taketh away the first,
that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified
through the offering of the body
of Jesus Christ
once for all.….
14 For by one offering
he hath perfected
them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make
after those days,
saith the Lord,
I will put my laws into their hearts,
and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins
will I remember no more.……
22 Let us draw near with a true heart
in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled
from an evil conscience,
and our bodies washed
with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith
( for he is faithful that promised; )
24 And let us consider one another
to provoke unto love
and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling
as the manner of some is;
but exhorting one another:
and so much the more,
as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:9-25
May we ever provoke one another “unto love and to good works”, especially “them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus”! Amen and Amen!!!