Completely sanctified

God didn’t give us our new nature so we would be spiritual or moral failures. As a matter of fact, if we are truly in Christ we can expect the Lord to completely sanctify us by the time we meet Christ face to face. This is what we can assuredly conclude from the following words Paul stated:

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. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

The origin of our sanctification

The God of peace is the only one through whom anyone can be sanctified, or made holy. We don’t have the capability within ourselves to make peace with the Lord to begin the sanctification process. Jehovah through his Son the Lord Jesus is the only one who can initiate our peace with God to place us on the path of complete sanctification. The Holy Spirit through Jesus must live in us to direct us in our holiness.

The form of our sanctification

Our sanctification is reflected in our dedication and purification. Through our dedication we humbly yield to God’s will, allowing him to use us as his sanctuary so we can be prepared to be used by him in order to glorify him in a myriad of ways. With God as our principal partner we work with him in the purification process to move toward keeping ourselves unspotted from the world (James 1:27).

The span of our sanctification

God’s sanctification encompasses our total spirit, soul, and body so that in our complete person we can be a reflection of the Holy Trinity. Our spirit is the part of us where thoughts take place and the part of us that makes it possible for the Lord to contact us spiritually. Our soul is the seat of our feelings, passions, and natural desires. The body, of course, is our physical material frame. It is the Lord’s goal for all those components of our being to be saturated with his holiness and to maintain that holiness into eternity.

The goal of our sanctification

Since we know Christ will return to gather us up as his Church to judge us, the move toward our complete holiness is so we can be prepared for his return with eager anticipation. Additionally, our goal is to be confident when we see Christ face to face knowing within ourselves that we carried out his works on Earth in loving obedience to him so he can tell us, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

The assurance of our sanctification

In verse 24 above, we can rest assured without any doubt that Jehovah will indeed make us wholly holy unto the coming of our Lord Jesus. When he called us to himself to make peace with us, it was based on who he is in all of his power, not on who we are. Since we had to be saved by his power, not our own, we can only be sanctified by his power. It is because of his faithfulness to us that he guarantees those of us who are truly in Christ will be wholly holy by the time we arrive at the future holy day of his return. That’s why God at all times is worthy of our praise.

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