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Sanctification & Faith

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Ben Lovelady

on 7 October 2014

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Transcript of Sanctification & Faith

Where's the Emphasis?
“[Sanctification] consists not in a particular moral quality which has been attained, but in a particular relationship to God which has been given. …Christian obedience is not an expression of man’s effort gradually to realize his own innate potentialities, but an ever repeated response to the ever newly repeated summons of God. It has been seen that this is precisely the meaning of the ‘sanctified life’—a life given over anew to the service of God.”
V.P. Furnish
Theology and Ethics in Paul
Sanctification & Faith
Christ's "Sanctification"
"For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"
Hebrews 9:13-14
The Corinthian Saints
"To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling."
1 Corinthians 1:2
Other Positional NT Texts
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him."
Ephesians 1:3-4
"Progressive" Informed by "Positional"
"Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."
Romans 12:1-2
Living by Faith in His Declaration
"Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
Luke 7:50
Israel's "Sanctification"
"But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, '
You shall surely observe My sabbaths;
for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you
Exodus 31:13
"History shows that, when the terminology of sanctification is simply used to describe everything that happens to us after conversion, the definitive emphasis of the New Testament is soon obscured. The call to ‘be holy’ can so easily degenerate into a moralistic and perfectionistic programme for believers to pursue."
David Peterson
Possessed by God
"...On the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt
I sanctified them for Myself
Numbers 8:17
"For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth.
For I am the LORD who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God
; thus you shall be holy, for I am holy."
Leviticus 11:44-45
"You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel; I am the LORD who sanctifies you, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, to be your God; I am the LORD."
Leviticus 22:32-33
"But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, '
Because you have not believed Me
, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.'"
Numbers 20:12
"Also the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to Him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants, every one who keeps from profaning the sabbath and holds fast My covenant; even those I will bring to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; for My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples."
Isaiah 56:6-7
"What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works."
Romans 9:30-32
"So if the uncircumcised man keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? And he who is physically uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not judge you who though having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a transgressor of the Law? For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God."
Romans 2:26-29
"As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth."
John 17:18-19
"...We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified."
Hebrews 10:10-14
"Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water."
Hebrews 10:19-22
"Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord."
Hebrews 12:14
“Christians must not become indifferent to the gifts they possess through the gospel.”
William Lane
"...By His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD."
1 Corinthians 1:30-31
"Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are."
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
"Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed."
1 Corinthians 5:7
"...Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God."
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
"In Christ, God declares me to be ‘righteous, washed, pure and set apart for Him’. And yet there is nothing my experience to suggest that these things could be so in and of myself. If I live by my own estimate of my life, I act accordingly. Alternatively, I can surrender my life to the lordship of Jesus and live by God’s assessment of my life. So whose word will I live by? I am glad to live by God’s word and the blessed release that it brings, looking by faith to Him for who I am, looking in love to my brothers for what I do. By His word, I am directed outward, never inward."
"...What harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, 'I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.' Therefore, 'COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,' says the Lord."
2 Corinthians 6:15-17a
"Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
2 Corinthians 7:1
"...You were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light."
Ephesians 5:8
"Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus."
Philippians 3:12
"...As those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
Colossians 3:12
"‘Become what you are’ is the basic nature of Paul’s parenesis (exhortation). He is simply too steeped in the religious heritage of the OT to all a divorce of ethics from the gift of God’s favor. But he has been too badly burned by his former pharisaism to allow that ethics leads to that gift of favor. The indicative always comes first: ‘You are.....’"
Gordon Fee
The First Epistle to the Corinthians
"...To open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me."
Acts 26:18
"And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified."
Acts 20:32
"Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but
yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God."
Romans 6:11-13
"...To be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit."
Romans 15:16
"But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness."
1 Timothy 4:7
"In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the
words of the faith and of the sound doctrine
which you have been following."
1 Timothy 4:6
"By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, was vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory."
1 Timothy 3:16
"...Like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, 'YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.'"
1 Peter 1:15-16
"...Who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood."
1 Peter 1:1-2

(cf. Ex. 24:3-8)
"...who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity."
2 Timothy 1:9
“He declared that past pardon would now yield future peace. …Would she believe the glowering condemnation of the guests? Or would she believe the reassuring words of Jesus that her shame was over—that she is now and in the future forgiven, that she may go in peace and wholeness and freedom? Whom will she trust?”
John Piper
Future Grace
"One day as I was passing into the field…this sentence fell upon my soul. Thy righteousness is in heaven. And…I saw with the eyes of my soul Jesus Christ at God’s right hand; there, I say, was my righteousness; so that wherever I was, or whatever I was doing, God could not say of me, he [lacks] my righteousness, for that was before Him. I also saw, moreover, that it was not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor yet my bad frame that made my righteousness worse, for my righteousness was Jesus Christ Himself, ‘The same yesterday, today, and forever.’ Heb. 13:8. Now did my chains fall off my legs indeed. I was loosed from my afflictions and irons; my temptations also fled away; so that from that time those dreadful scriptures of God left off to trouble me; now went I also home rejoicing for the grace and love of God.”
John Bunyan
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
"The real Son of God is at your side. He is beginning to turn you into the same kind of thing as Himself. He is beginning, so to speak, to 'inject' His kind of life and thought, His Zoe, into you; beginning to turn the tin soldier into a live man. The part of you that does not like it is the part that is still tin."
C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity
“...the act or process by which people or things are cleansed and dedicated to God, ritually and morally.”
Klaus Bockmuehl
New Dictionary of Theology
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