Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. (1Th 5:21-24)
Sanctification (or consecration) is a twofold operation. Part is God’s work and part is our work. In this discussion, we will briefly look at God’s portion as it states in the above text, “who also will do it.”
God supernaturally declares us and positionally makes us sanctified. He also provides the spiritual power for us to live holy in this present world. Here are two key statements to help us understand this relationship.
KEY 1 – The power of personal sanctification is the sovereign work of God
KEY 2 – The practice of personal sanctification is the submission to the will of God
See below three “Agents of Sanctification” God uses to accomplish His work of consecration in our lives.
One agent is the Spirit of God
This work of the Spirit begins at and with our salvation
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: (2Th 2:13)
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1Co 6:11)
The work of the Spirit then begets obedience
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. (1Pe 1:2)
Another agent is The Word of God (John 17:17)
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (Joh 17:17)
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psa 119:11)
A third agent is the blood of God
God foreshadowed the work of the blood of Christ in sanctifying us through His instructions for the building and operation of the tabernacle. He then clarifies and reinforces this illustration in Hebrews.
And Moses took of the anointing oil, and of the blood which was upon the altar, and sprinkled it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon his sons’ garments with him; and sanctified Aaron, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him. (Lev 8:30)
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. (Heb 13:12)
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (Rev 1:5)
Allow God’s work of sanctification in your life. Let Him begin today.
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