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Remember the goal of God's kindness.
The doctrine of sanctification is one of the most important doctrines in the life of a Christian, yet there can be a lot of confusion about it; understanding the meaning, process, goal, and basis of sanctification; being set apart, applying the truth, pursuing God, the reason Jesus went to the cross.
"Sanctification: The Benefit of Walking with Christ" Romans 6:15-23
In light of the fact that we are not under law but under grace we ought to offer ourselves gladly in slavery to God.
Why am I returning to this topic? Because this business of sanctification is a real challenge. We all know that we are all sinners, we have sinned and we continue to sin, we do what is wrong in the eyes of God. I am a sinner and you are a sinner. On the one hand it’s a relief to know that, to know that none of us are perfect, that all of us fall short of the glory of God, that none of us has any grounds for boasting or pride. On the other hand it’s cause for much heartache and distress almost to the point of despairing that we have so much sin remaining in our life. I hate how little progress I make in resisting temptation and sin. I freely admit that I am a chief among sinners. I find some comfort in those words of Paul. I appreciate his honest assessment of his own spiritual progress. The more mature he became spiritually, the more clearly he saw the depth of his own indwelling sin and depravity. Listen to this progression in three chronological verses from early in his ministry to the very end.
What’s the difference between true spiritual growth and playing church? As Paul opened his letter to the church in Philippi, a church he founded and deeply loved, he expressed his confidence that God was in the process of completing a good work in them. This good work was undoubtedly their sanctification, namely, being set apart from sin to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus. This gracious work of God in every believer began at the moment of salvation, continues through one's lifetime, and will be fully completed on the day that Christ returns. This work is evidenced by a distinguishing mark of all true followers of Jesus, namely, love. In fact, so important is this love for one another within the church that it was the focus of Paul's prayer for the Philippian believers. This Christian love is rooted in godly wisdom, expressed selflessly with pure motives, sourced in Jesus Christ, and will bring glory and praise to God. So, love one another with an abounding love. Consider how you are treating your fellow believers, not just those that are easy to like, but the ones who are difficult to love, too. Pray that God would enable you to see them the way Christ sees them so that you might love them with Christ's love, with pure and selfless motives.
The definition of "SANCTIFICATION" is God setting us apart for His good purposes. Positional Sanctification versus progressive/continual sanctification.
In this sermon, we look at what it means to be a disciple.
Having been set free from sin and being made slaves of God we should gladly offer ourselves in slavery to God.