Firm Foundations Three (30 of 55) In Christ, I Am Gloriously Sanctified

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In Christ, I Am Gloriously Sanctified.

New Holiness: In Jesus Christ, you are made holy by God. At the point of salvation, you were given a new identity that says you are holy. From that point on God starts working a process in you to make you more and more like His son Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we are given the power to start living out our new holy identity until that final day when we are completely changed into His likeness and live forever with Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:23–24

In Christ, I Am Sanctified (The Process Of Becoming Like Christ)

  • Sanctification starts at salvation. Positionally, all the different aspects of your salvation are instantaneously true at the moment of repentance and faith. You are completely justified by God through Jesus Christ. Your sins are forgiven and you are made holy. Practically, you are freed from the power of sin and the process of sanctification starts. God is working in you to make you more and more like Jesus. This doesn’t mean you won’t sin anymore, but it means that you start overcoming sin and living a righteous life.
    Romans 6:11, 14, 18
  • Sanctification continues through our entire lives. We will never be completely freed from the presence or temptation of sin in this life; therefore, the Lord is transforming us day-by-day to be more like Him. Daily we should press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. We should constantly be growing in the Lord.
    2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:13–14
  • Sanctification finishes after the return of Christ. Once we die, we will be completely freed from sin. After the Lord returns, He will change our vile body to be fashioned like His glorious body. We will be perfectly Holy and live forever with our Lord.
    Hebrews 12:23; Revelation 21:27; Philippians 3:21

In Christ, I Will Persevere (The Promise Of Becoming Like Christ)

  • All true believers will persevere. At the moment of repentance and faith you are sealed by the Holy Spirit, protected by the hands of Almighty God, and given eternal life by Jesus who promises to raise you up again at the last day. Therefore, all true believers will persevere to the end because our triune God has guaranteed it.
    John 6:38–40; 10:27–30; Ephesians 1:13–14
  • Only those who persevere are true believers. The evidence of a true believer is one who continues to believe and obey the truth. Those who don’t truly believe will eventually fall away from the faith; therefore, only those who persevere are those with true faith. Of course true believers will struggle with sin, but they will never reject Jesus as Lord or reject the clear teachings of God’s Word. True believers persevere through repentance and faith and false believers walk away from the faith.
    John 8:31; Colossians 1:22–23; Hebrews 3:14

In Christ, I Am Active (The Power Of Becoming Like Christ)

  • Sanctification is the work of God. He gives us the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Holiness, to change us and make us holy. We are led by the Spirit to live holy lives and produce spiritual fruit. It is He who is actively producing holiness within us.
    Romans 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:20–21; Galatians 5:22–23; 5:16–18
  • Sanctification requires our participation through the power of the Holy Spirit. We know that God is working in us and that He empowers us to work; therefore, we are told to work out our salvation. This means there are things that we do and things that we don’t do. We are active participants in our sanctification and not just passive.
    Romans 8:13; Philippians 2:12–13
  • Sanctification involves actively separating from sin to God. This means that you develop a hatred for sin and a love for God. We should no longer live like unbelievers do, but come out from among them and be different from them. As we grow in the Lord, we are cleaning up our lives to reflect the holiness of God.
    2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Titus 2:11-12

– We change the way we think. The Bible says, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” We no longer entertain thoughts that are against God or that tempt us to do wrong. We should be careful about what we watch, listen to, and participate in. We should fill our hearts with God’s Word so that we learn to not sin against Him.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Psalm 101:3; Romans 13:14; Psalm 119:11

– We change the way we face temptation. The Bible says, “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” We cautiously live our lives, not taking sin lightly. When temptations arise, we know that God will be making a way of escape for us and we look for that escape.
1 Corinthians 10:12–13

– We change the way we make relationships. The Bible says, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” We should witness to our friends and share the love of Christ, but we can’t continue in a relationship that would pull us away from the will of God.
2 Corinthians 6:14; Amos 3:3

– We should change the way we act. The Bible says, “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.” We should not have dealings with this world or the things in it (the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life). We should understand what the will of the Lord is and be busy about our Father’s business through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Ephesians 5:11–19; 1 John 2:15-16

Review Questions

  • When does sanctification start and when does it finish?
  • Will all true believers persevere? Why?
  • Are only those who persevere true believers? Why?
  • What does God give us to make us holy?
  • What are ways that we are actively separating from sin to God?

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