Saturday, October 1, 2016
The Process of Sanctification
UV 2083/10000 The Process of Sanctification
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.
I Thessalonians 5 v 23
The work of sanctification, of making us whole in spirit, mind and body is that of the Lord. We only need to cooperate. The extent of our cooperation and obedience will either speed up or slow down the entire process. Each of us is a work in progress, a work in process. The Lord intends to cleanse us of every trace of evil. He intends to prosper us in spirit, mind and body. He desires to perfect us and preserve us from the evil in this world. If we are aligning our own lives and goals with that of the Lord’s, we would cling to what is good and let go of every vestige of evil, anything that even remotely appears evil. The process of sanctification implies that the Lord establishes, proves, prunes, corrects, perfects and stabilizes us in our faith and its manifestations.
The Lord Jesus is the God of peace. He is the author of peace and not of confusion and chaos. He cleanses us by our faith in His shed blood on the cross. But He sanctifies us by the Holy Spirit and the washing and regeneration by the Word. He is faithful to His followers till the very end and He is waiting at the finishing line to receive us. He expects us to finish well and does everything to make it happen. He desires that we excel in all things. He sanctifies us by separating us from all people as a pure and precious bride without blemish or wrinkle or flaw. He has called us personally by our names and He has called us out from all people to be a special people unto Him, blameless and blessed.
Jesus is not only the God of peace but the God of grace. He is able to strengthen us in our innermost being. He knows the specifics of the areas of our lives that need sanctification, healing and deliverance. Sanctification is not only a process of cleansing or purification but of edification or building. We are being built up in faith till we are complete in Christ and have fulfilled the very purpose of our lives, the purpose of our creation and our salvation. Finally, we will receive the inheritance along with those who have been sanctified in Christ.
Prateep V Philip