Sanctification is important so we can have the power to stay saved. God created Adam and Eve in his image, so they started with a pure heart. The difference between people and angels is that angels don’t have any choice. They always do God’s will. God created the devil (Isaiah 45:7) to test if people would choose to love and serve him. God only gave Adam and Eve one commandment. Adam and Eve had every kind of fruit tree in the garden to choose from, but the devil chose to point out the one tree that God had forbidden to tempt Eve.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Seth was created in Adam’s image, with a nature in his heart to sin. Children don’t have to be taught to sin, to be mean to their brother or to lie or do anything else that is bad. They’re born with a sinful nature. They aren’t held responsible by God until they understand they’re sinning against him. When we repent God takes away all our sins, but the nature to sin is still in our heart.
Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
There are two types of sin: committed and Adamic. The disciples were saved but Jesus said he was going to give them another comforter, the Spirit of truth. The Spirit is with us when we get saved, but Jesus said the Spirit will be in us. The disciples were saved and they were not of the world, even though they were in the world.
John 14:15-18 If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Jesus prayed that the disciples would be sanctified so they could be kept from the evil that is in the world.
John 17:14-17 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Sanctification is a complete, unconditional surrender to God for his purpose, followed by earnest prayer. Being sanctified is not optional but is necessary. There are two works that need to take place: being saved when our sins are forgiven, and being sanctified when we completely give ourselves to God.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
When we come to God for salvation, we bring our sins. When we come for sanctification, we come with a pure heart to give ourselves completely to God. We have to be willing to give ourselves without any reservation. If our heart isn’t clear and free from sin, we won’t get sanctified. If a person has lying and deceitfulness in their life, they won’t get sanctified. We can’t be sanctified if we have sin in our life and we’re covering it up. We have to be serious about serving God with all our heart, soul, and strength. The blood that saves us also sanctifies us. Sanctification is a cleansing of the Adamic nature by the blood of Jesus.
Hebrews 13:12-13 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
Some things sanctification won’t do:
- Won’t make you absolutely perfect but will give you spiritual heart perfection
- Won’t make you infallible or so that you can’t err in judgment
- Won’t give you a perfect IQ
- Won’t give you a perfect physical body
- Doesn’t mean we’re not continuing to grow in the graces of God
- Doesn’t take away your choice
- Doesn’t make it impossible to fall from grace – to choose to sin
- Doesn’t destroy the human nature
- Doesn’t make us alike personally, but changes the imperfections in us that God isn’t pleased with
When we get sanctified, we have to humble our heart completely, to be completely submitted to whatever God wants in our life. Too much pride will hinder us from forgiving others faults. Pride stirs up strife and causes contention. If there’s strife and contention between spouses, there’s too much pride. Humility will cause us to make peace instead of being contentious when there’s a disagreement. We must have total humility to be sanctified.
Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
When we’re sanctified, we need to control our tongue. If we’re proud, we’ll be talking about people and saying negative things about them because we think we’re better. If there’s a disagreement, we’re supposed to go to our brother and resolve the problem between ourselves (Matthew 18:15). We don’t talk about them and cause division. God hates sowing discord among brethren.
(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)