Sabaoth Winter 2018 / 2019
The Spirit of Holiness & The Sanctification of Man Part 2:
FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose
PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God
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Our Freedom From Sin Section C – The Conflict of Two Natures
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)
In our world today, where new and more complicated problems of seem to emanate from mans dealings with others and even more disturbing, man’s dealing with himself. An age when man have now decided to create a culture of ‘managing his problems’ instead of seeking a solution; all kinds of ‘programmes’ are proffered to solve these problems but the real intensions of proffering this solution is the lust for money and fame – “For the love of money is the root of all evil”. Man keep going round and round in circles but ‘no solution’.
We can see in the scriptures that God, the Master Planner has already provided a solution right from the foundation of the world; that solution based on His plan to start a new tribe, a new race entirely. This solution does not involve tampering around with the old so that ‘it can be managed’. He goes deep down to the root and cuts us off ( He cuts us off from our connection to Adam) and then begins a new tribe, a new race. But the wonder and the glory of it is that he starts the tribe, the new race within the shell of the old.
Outwardly, we remain unchanged. Our bodies are still subject to decrepitude and decay and death. Yet, within, a new man has begun if we have exercised faith in Jesus Christ and repented. God’s solution is to end the curse of Adam and to release within us the power of a new life, the life of Jesus himself.
Not only are we freed from sin, as Paul points out, but we are freed from the Law as well. The Law does its work (condemns us), but we are no longer under Law if we are resting in Christ. Therefore, the Law does not serve any useful purpose in delivering us from sin apart from flashing the search light on it (sin) and drive us back to Christ Jesus.
The writer of this epistle, Apostle Paul, like many of us today, was protected and sheltered and kept from exposure to serious temptations. He was raised in the Jewish culture, where everyone around him was sheltered also. Here is a man like many any other believers have grown up in a home where you have been protected and sheltered, and you have run with a crowd of friends who, likewise, have been kept from exposure to various things. You haven’t fallen into evil.
WHEN A HOLY LAW IS APPLIED (JUST LIKE A SEARCHLIGHT) TO SINFUL MAN, THEN HIS SINFULNESS COMES OUT IN FULL DISPLAY.
Our salvation and Sanctification are from the gift of Christ and all gifts of Christ are communicated to us and given to us by the Spirit of Christ – The Holy Spirit.
IT IS ALL ABOUT THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HEART OF MANKIND BASED ON THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY & ITS BENEFITS FOR MANKIND
Part of the outworking of our regeneration by God through the acts of the Holy Spirit is our sanctification.
Regeneration means to be renewed, reformed, or reconstituted; to have a spiritual rebirth (be spiritually reborn) “Born Again”; to cause to be completely reformed or improved and to grow anew (a part to replace one hurt or lost).
Sanctification as had been set in motion from the foundation of the earth and FINISHED by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary, spans the entirety of our being: from the moment of our spiritual birth to the point of our entry into glory.
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:10-14).
At rebirth, Positional Sanctification is automatically made available to us (through an entirely work of God) as a result of justification; as a believer (at salvation) we are justified and declared righteous in conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Romans 10:4).
Then when ‘the rubber hits the road’, we discover that we have to deal with the negative pull from the corrupt world we live in; a world that is well set up to pull us back into its sinful fold – here is where the experiential phase of our sanctification plays out.
Experiential sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit works in us (believer) to set us apart from sin; it is a progressive work aimed at spiritual maturity, a progressive work of separating us from the world. Quite opposite to what obtains in the world where maturity means independence from anyone; but spiritual maturity means TOTAL DEPENDENCE ON GOD.