Famous Last Words of Paul

A Call to Sanctification

by
Jesse Melendez
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May 12, 2019

A true Christian is not one who claims to be, but one who lives like a Christian.

It's not the sayers, Jesus said, but the doers in the Sermon on the Mount.


What he is really identifying is Sanctification.


Sanctification, we believe, is inseparable from Justification.

Justification refers to the very salvation event whereas sanctification refers to the process of spiritual development.

Justification and sanctification are inseparable so those who were truly justified are being sanctified.


Those who experienced the saving event are in spiritual progress and it shows up in their life.


The issue of Sanctification then is central to the reality of the Christian faith.

"Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you and He also will bring it to pass." 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24


He knew that sanctification was central to Christian life and experience.

To separate, or to to set apart from.

And in this case to set apart from sin to holiness.

That's the path of Sanctification.

This was Paul great concern on the part of the believer, that they be committed to holiness.

"It is the will of God even your sanctification," 1 Thessalonians 4:3


God wants you sanctified. That's God's will.

“Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you,  and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,  so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 ESV

“and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.” Romans 6:18-19 ESV


God bought you and He wants you set apart for His use.


Our first point looked at the nature of sanctification.


The source is God of Peace.

He is the source, the strength, and the power for sanctification. 


“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-21 ESV


It is God alone who can really make it happen.

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6B ESV

“And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:3-5 ESV

“To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” Colossians 1:29 ESV

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,”    Ephesians 3:20 ESV


Sanctification is God's work in us and through us.

In fact, the kind of radical holiness that God requires. Requires God.

“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”John 17:17


So if the Father's going to sanctify us, He's going to do it through the Word.  

That's how He perfects and strengthens and establishes us.

So God takes the Word and the circumstances of life, empowers them in us to move us along the path of Sanctification.

He says, "May the God of Peace Himself do it."  He takes up residence in us and “He does it.”


What a marvelous reality.

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 ESV