Part One: Sanctification

1. Sanctification

  1. Christ and Sanctification:
    1. Christ died for the sanctification of His Church (Eph. 5:25-27).
    2. He suffered to sanctify us (Heb. 10:10-14).
    3. He prayed for our sanctification (John 17:17).
    4. He takes away the sin hindering sanctification (John 1:29).
    5. He is not ashamed of the sanctified (Heb. 2:9-13).
  2. The Necessity of Sanctification Seen in Sin in Believers:
    1. Inbred sin admitted as a fact (I John 1:8-10).
    2. Called the "old man" (Eph. 4:17-24).
    3. Sin in unsanctified to be put off (Col. 3:5-8).
    4. Provision made for inbred sin to be removed (I John 2:1, 2).
    5. Necessity of having carnality eradicated (Rom. 8:6,7).
    6. Double-hearted condition of unsanctified (Gal. 5:17).
  3. Sanctification Is:
    1. The will of God (I Thess. 4:3).
    2. For the Church (I Cor. 1:2).
    3. Through the Word (John 17:17; Acts 20:32).
    4. Fits for service (II Tim. 2:21).
  4. The Purpose of Sanctification (I Thess. 5:23).
  5. Incentives to Sanctification (Heb. 12:1-3).

2. God's Will, Our Sanctification

  1. The Meaning of Sanctification:
    1. To set apart for a holy use (Lev. 27:14, 16)
    2. To cleanse completely, to make holy (Exod. 19:22; I Thess. 4:3, 7; Heb. 9:13, 14).
  2. The Possibility of Sanctification:
    1. God wills it (I Thess. 4:3).
    2. God commands it (I Pet. 1:15,16).
    3. God has chosen it (Eph. 1:4; I Thess. 4:7).
    4. God calls us to it (I Thess. 4:7).
    5. God's purpose for us (Luke 1:74, 75).
    6. The purpose of Christ's death (Heb. 13:12).
    7. We are to pray for it (I Thess. 5:23).
    8. Jesus prayed that we might be sanctified (John 17:17).
  3. How We Are Sanctified:
    1. By God (I Thess. 5:23).
    2. By Christ (Eph. 5:25, 26).
    3. By the Holy Spirit (Rom. 15:16).
    4. By the Blood of Christ (Heb. 13:12).
    5. We must consecrate to God (Rom. 6:19; 12:1, 2).
    6. We must walk in the light (I John 1:7).
    7. We must confess (I John 1:8).
    8. We must believe (Acts 26:18).
  4. Who Can Be Sanctified:
    1. Not those of the world (John 14:15-17).
    2. Sanctification for the Church (Eph. 5:25, 26).
    3. Converted people who are yet carnal are candidates (I Cor. 3:1-3).
  5. Sanctification a Definite Experience (not gradual):
    1. Comes as a result of the definite baptism of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 15:16, with Acts 8:17).
  6. Result of Sanctification:
    1. Cleansing of the soul from sin (Rom. 6:6; Col. 2:11).
    2. Complete salvation from inbred sin (II Thess. 2:13).
    3. Unity with Christ (Heb. 2:11).
    4. Christian perfection (Heb. 10:14).
    5. Blamelessness before the Lord (Eph. 1:4).
    6. Preparation to be presented to Christ at His coming (Eph. 5:25-27).

3. Necessity of Sanctification—Inherited Sin

  1. Man Born with Inherited Sin:
    1. At birth man is unclean in God's sight (Job 14:1; 25:4).
    2. Man conceived and shapen in iniquity (Ps. 51:5).
    3. Man possesses an inward bent to evil (Ps. 58:3).
    4. By nature man is sinful (Eph. 2:3).
    5. Man's imaginations are evil from his youth (Gen. 8:21).
    6. Humanity sinful by birth (Rom. 5:12, 19).
  2. Sin Located Throughout Man's Being:
    1. In the heart (Prov. 4:23; Mark 7:21-23).
    2. In his members (Rom. 7:23).
  3. This the Source of Actual Sins (Mark 7:21-23; Luke 6:45).
  4. Justified Believers Possess This Nature:
    1. Disciples before Pentecost were justified, pardoned (Luke 7:27-50).
    2. They believed on Him (John 6:69).
    3. They were not of this world (John 17:6-10).
    4. They were in Christ (John 15:4, 5).
    5. Yet they were carnal:
      1. In self-seeking (Mark 9:33, 34).
      2. Through envy and anger (Matt. 20:24).
      3. By resentment (Luke 9:51-56).
      4. Through strife (Luke 22:24).
  5. Sanctification Removes Inherited Sin:
    1. Through the Holy Spirit (Rom. 15:16).
    2. It cleanses by Christ's blood from all sin (Heb. 13:12; John 1:7).
  6. Sanctification Is Not Regeneration, but Is Subsequent to Regeneration (John 15:2; 1 Thess. 4:1-3; John 17:17,20).
  7. Sanctification Is Obtainable Now (Rom. 6:22; Matt. 5:8).