It is a principle of grace savingly wrought, whereby the heart becomes holy, and is made after God’s own heart. A sanctified person bears not only God’s name—but his image. In opening the nature of sanctification, I shall lay down these seven positions:
(1.) Sanctification is a SUPERNATURAL thing; it is divinely infused. We are naturally polluted, and to cleanse, God takes to be his prerogative. “I am the Lord, who sanctifies you.” Lev 21:8. …
A. God wants us to be like Christ
This is his
- eternal purpose – we have been ‘predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son’ (Romans 8:29).
- historical purpose – ‘we…are being transformed [or changed] into his image’ (2 Corinthians 3:18).
- eschatological purpose – ‘we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him’ (1 John 3:2).
Here, then, are three perspectives: past (we have been predestined), present (we are being changed), and future (we shall be like him), which all point to the same thing: that God wants us to be like Christ.…
“Live in the fear of the Lord always”, says Prov 23:17. “Fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”, says our Lord, in Matt 10:28. “In all things obey … fearing the Lord”, writes Paul in Col 3:22.
Clearly, the fear of the Lord is not optional. But what effect does it have on people, when they truly perceive God in this way?
- When he saw God, Manoah expected instant death (Jud 13:22).
The Plausibility Problem: the Church and Same-Sex Attraction. By Ed Shaw, IVP, 2015.
As others have pointed out, this is not just a book for those who experience same-sex attraction. It is a book for all of us, calling everyone back to biblical faithfulness and radical discipleship.
The basis of Ed Shaw’s argument is that the orthodox Christian view on same-sex attraction (“Just say no”) is implausible. Why on earth would we deny sexual intimacy to those who are attracted to members of their own sex? …
‘Holiness’ means the same as ‘sanctification’. These terms occur 1,000 times in the OT; 300 times in the NT.
To be ‘holy’ means (a) to be set apart for a special (usually religious) purpose; (b) to be morally pure.
‘Holiness has love for its essence, humility for its clothing, the good of others as its employment, and the honor of God as its end.’ (Nathanael Emmons)
Many things are persons are referred to in the Bible as being holy, including:-
It is the will of God that we should be holy, as saith the text, ‘This is the will of God, your sanctification’ (1 Thess 4:3). As God’s word must be the rule, so his will, the reason of our actions. This is the will of God, our sanctification. Perhaps it is not the will of God we should be rich, but it is his will that we should be holy. God’s will is our warrant.…
John Stott suggests a ‘5-D’ summary of the steps in the sanctifying activity of the Holy Spirit:-
1. The Holy Spirit operates first in our mind, enabling us to discern the will of God;
2. Then in our conscience, enablish us to distinguish between right and wrong;
3. Next in our heart, enablish us to desire God’s way ardently;
4. Then in our will, enablish us to determine resolutely to follow God’s will;
5. Only then can we do his will.…
- That we should give up our jobs, 2 Thess 3:10 1 Tim 5:8.
- That we should avoid contact with the unconverted, 1 Cor 10:27.
- That we should take no interest in anything except Christianity.
- That we should be peculiar in dress, manners, voice, etc, Mt 23:5.
- That we should become recluses, Jn 17:15.
- That we should withdraw from imperfect churches, Mt 13:30.
Paul writes in Romans 8:13, ‘if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.’
This introduces the important but neglected subject of ‘mortification’.
’Mortification,’ says J.I Packer in God’s Words, ‘is war.’ Four steps are involved in this warfare:-
1. We must know our enemy
We fight, not just sins, but the sinful nature which lies behind all instances of sinful actions. The unbeliever is a slave to sin, Rom 6:16-23.…