Sunday, August 20, 2017

True Sanctification

This subject has always been in my heart and mind but not in my actions.  I want to help those who have been where I have been to understand the phrase, 'True Sanctification'.  It is a very misunderstood subject by many, and I hope that this will help us understand what exactly it means and how we may obtain it.

"Sanctification is obtained only in obedience to the will of God.  Many who are willfully trampling upon the law of Jehovah claim holiness of heart and sanctification of life.  But they have not a saving knowledge of God or of His law.  They are standing in the ranks of the great rebel.  He is at war with the law of God, which is the foundation of the divine government in heaven and the earth.  These men are doing the same work as their master has done in seeking to make of none effect of God's holy law.    No commandment-breaker can be permitted to enter heaven; for he who was once a pure and exalted covering cherub was thrust out for rebelling against the government of God."  F&W

1 John 2:1-7   "My little children these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.  And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;  And he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  And hereby we do know that we know him if we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."

This kind of spells it out pretty plain, doesn't it?  We are prompted not to sin, but if we do sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ who is our intercessor to stand in our place with the Father.
Jesus paid the price for our sins and not ours only but everyone in the world if they would repent of their sins and let Him live out His life in them.  We also learned that when we say we know Him and don't keep His commandments, He says we are liars and the truth is not in us.  We know that we are in Him when we walk as He walked.

When we repent of our sins and surrender our all to Christ, we are considered dead to sin, and Christ is invited to dwell in our hearts and abide there.  If He is abiding in our hearts by faith, and we know by faith that His death on the cross paid for our sins, then we should know how very much that He loves us and if we know that He loves us and is abiding in our hearts we should know that we will not sin because He didn't sin and how much it will hurt Him if we do sin.  I want to learn to love Him as He loves me.  It may not be possible, but He can give me as much love for others that He wants me to have and I'll pray for that.  

By daily abiding with Him and living for Him, we can be sanctified day by day and be truly sanctified  when He comes for us in the clouds of heaven.  That is my goal, is it yours?  Grandma Joan

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