Friday, February 08, 2008

Sanctification is not optional.

Sanctification is an often overlooked aspect of the Christian life. Much focus is given to our justification while our sanctification is considered optional.

“This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” - 1 Thessalonians 4:3

Sanctification is the progressive work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives.” It is the process of making us like Christ. This process involves the cooperation of both God and man with each playing a distinct and very active role.

If you have ongoing sin in your life that you are aware of, yet you are not putting it to death, then there is a good chance you are not experiencing sanctification. If you knowingly stop the sanctifying work of Christ in your life because there are some sins you just won’t let go of, then you are putting yourself in great peril. Sanctification is not optional, it is absolutely necessary for salvation. Just as you cannot experience salvation without justification, you cannot experience salvation without sanctification. Praise God that through the work of Christ in us, he gives us all we need for both justification and sanctification. But, just as we must accept his justification, we must also accept, allow, and cooperate with sanctification. It is not forced on us, we must willingly participate. Are you participating?

Are you allowing Christ to perfect you, change you, transform you, and make you pure and blameless? The fruit of your life will testify and provide you with the answer to this question. The work of sanctification is very evident because you will see sin disappearing while being replaced by the fruit of the Spirit.

J.C. Ryle is one of my favorite writers on the subject of sanctification. He does a wonderful job and a thorough writing on this critical biblical mandate. CLICK HERE TO READ IT.


jeff said...

Hebrews 12:14--pursue peace with all men and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.

Milton Stanley said...

Excellent point, but didn't you mean to say, "Just as you cannot experience salvation without justification, you cannot experience salvation without sanctification?"

Eric Jones said...

Good cacth. Kinda changes the meaning just a little bit. I have made the correction. As always, I appreciate your work on Transforming Sermons.