What is involved in sanctification? Is it something apart from justification? Remember that God want s to share His righteousness with man. To what extent is God willing to share His righteousness with a person who accepts Him as Lord? Is the righteousness available only at the beginning of the Christian life or all the way through? We should remember that salvation is an experience which never ends. Salvation from the guilt of sin and its condemnation takes place when a person takes Christ as his Saviour. He is justified. Salvation also involves being delivered from the power of sin. This is sanctification. And it is a lifelong process.
1. Must the believer be saved from the power of sin?
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death,that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans6:1-4
2. To what point is the Christian’s love to be focused?
“If then you were raised with Christ,seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at theright hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4
3. Is sanctification a continuing experience?
“Being confident of this very thing,that He who has begun a good work in you will complete ituntil the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
NOTE: Sanctification is a total experience. It begins at conversion but it must continue through life. It is a lifetime of belonging to Christ. And within that relationship to Christ the believer will grow. Read John 17:17
4. What relationship will self have to Christ in a Christian life?
“But what things were gain to me,these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also countall things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesusmy Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and countthem as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him,not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.” Philippians 3:7-9. Read Galatians 6:14.
5. How close is the Christian’srelationship to Christ?
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, butChrist lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20. Read Romans6:3, 4
NOTE: We have the possibility of serving to masters. The choice is ours. In the Christian life we are dead to sin but alive to God. Read Romans 6:11-14, 17-19.
6. What is Christ’s aim in life?
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13, 14. Read Hebrews 12:1,2
7. Do we need to fear or can we havethe assurance of security in Christ?
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fearinvolves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect inlove.” 1 John 4:18. Read 1 John 5:11-13; 2 Timothy 1:12; John10:27-29
Sanctificationis conversion carried to completion. “Beloved, now we are childrenof God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but weknow that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall seeHim as He is.” 1 John 3:2. A person in Christ has as his goal“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection”Philippians 3:10, first part. So experiencing sanctification we say with Paul, “ It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:20, first part.