In this episode Saso and Ben talk about the topic of sanctification. Below are some notes and thoughts directly derived from this episode. Enjoy!
The first part of the process is changing from your way to God’s way. Salvation is the changing of the mind and the process to start to walk a new road, and serve a new master
I received Christ, but now what? What changes?
- Romans 6:11
- Colossians 3:3
The power that saved is the same power that changes us through the help of the Holy Spirit. We will receive emancipation from the slavery we endured when we were lost.
- John 8:36
- 2 Peter 1:4
We no longer are saddled with the old nature, but we have escaped that corruption.
The word sanctify at it’s basic level, means to set apart. If you are a blood bought child of God, and you have been born again, then you have been sanctified. You’ve been positional set apart in Christ.
Sanctification is also the act of making holy or another way to phrase it, it is he pursuit of Godliness. We are commanded to continue in this process of holiness.
Notice how it’s God that does the work through us. And it’s only possible if you have been regenerated or born again.
If you’ve not received Christ as your Lord and Savior we suggest going back and listening to Episode 6, because if you’ve not been born again, this episode will likely not be a help to you.
Does sanctification mean we are just to be moral nice people? Not entirely. In fact the Pharisees were very moral people.
This is what Jesus said about the pharisees:
Since God is our standard, let's begin by talking about God and His holiness. God is holy and He does not need to be sanctified, He already is. God is pure, set apart and separate from us.
The idea is that God is separate and distinct from His creation. In fact, we are called to be holy because He is Holy.
If we are going to talk about the process of becoming holy, we must know what it is to be holy. Simply put, God is holy and the process of sanctification is to become holy. To focus this idea in a little more, the process of sanctification is to become Christ like. It is not just a rules checklist, or being moral, because there are a lot of people that are morally good. It’s about being like Christ.
Be sure to checkout the Changed into His Image book by Dr. Jim Berg.
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