Sanctification is a wonderful and
necessary doctrine of God's Word.
The work of sanctification by the
indwelling Holy Spirit will foster a
sound confidence to one's calling to
What does it mean to be
What Sanctification IS
First: Sanctification is not the
eradication of the sinful nature
Second: It is not the second
blessing. The false teaching on this
subject is often taken from
Corinthians 1:15. However, Paul taught
these believers in his first epistle that they were sanctified
6:11). This is
important. Many Christians are chasing
after something they are already in
Third. It is not the baptism of
the Holy Spirit. Note
12:13. Paul makes it clear that all
believers have been baptized by the Holy
Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:1,4).
So what is Sanctification?
The word Sanctification occurs in
various forms over 1000 times in the
Bible. The essential meaning of this
term is: to set apart.
At this point it will help to contrast
sanctification with justification
When a sinner is saved by God's grace
through faith, God
imputes the righteousness of
Christ to the believing sinner, whereby,
the sinner becomes a child of God by
virtue of the shed blood of Jesus
Justification is thus, that legal act
whereby man's status before and with God
is changed from damnation and separation
(2 Corinthians 5:17).
Note The Difference:
Justification deals with our standing,
while sanctification deals with our
Justification is that which God does for
us, while sanctification is that which
God does in us.
Justification makes us safe, while
sanctification makes us sound.
Justification declares us righteous,
while sanctification makes us righteous.
Justified to be saints, and sanctified
to be saintly.
So how is sanctification achieved by
the Holy Spirit?
Romans 6 demonstrates how this is
In verses 1 through 10, Paul emphasizes
the need for knowledge, especially as it
relates to our identification with Jesus
Christ. After all, it is the lack of
knowledge that is destroying many of
(Hosea 4:6). Thus,
sanctification requires the knowledge of
God's Word by the illuminating work
of the Holy Spirit
In verses 11 and 12, Paul emphasizes the
need to reckon. That is,
we are to believe what knowledge God has
given in His Word. Remember, faith
cometh by hearing...
In verses 16 through 23, Paul emphasizes
the need to yield. That
is... based on God's Word, we are to
acknowledge God in all our ways with our
body, mind and spirit (Proverbs. 3:5,6;
The hall mark of sanctification will
always be obedience (Romans 6:16).
Simply put: sanctification will always
reflect the life and likeness of Jesus
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
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