Torrey - Man -8.2- How are people sanctified?

II. HOW ARE PEOPLE SANCTIFIED? 1 Thessalonians 5:23 — "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." John 17:17 — "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

First Proposition: God sanctifies people.

Sanctification — the separation of men from sin and separating them unto God — is God's own work.

As it was God who set apart the firstborn unto Himself, so it is God who sets apart the believer unto Himself and separates him from sin. Ephesians 5:25-26 RV — "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it; that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word."

Second Proposition: Christ sanctifies the church. Sanctification is Christ's work.

By sacrificing Himself, Christ set the church apart for God. The sacrifice of Christ puts a difference between the church and the world, just as the blood of the Passover Lamb put a difference between Israel and the Egyptians ( Exodus 11:7; 12:12-13). Hebrews 10:10 RV — "By which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." By the offering of His own body, Jesus Christ has forever set the believer apart for God. The cross stands between the believer and the world. He belongs to God. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 — "But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth." 1 Peter 1:2 — "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied."

Third Proposition: The Holy Spirit sanctifies the believer. Sanctification is the Holy Spirit's work.

Just as in the Old Testament type, tabernacle, altar and priest were set apart for God by the anointing oil ( Leviticus 8:10-12), so in the New Testament anti-type the believer, who is both tabernacle and priest, is set apart for God by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It is also the Holy Spirit's working in the heart that overcomes the flesh and its defilements, and thus separates the believer from sin and clothes him with divine graces of character, making him fit to be God's own. Galatians 5:16-23 — "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulation, wrath, strife, sedition, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law." Hebrews 13:12 RV — "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people through his own blood, suffered without the gate."

Fourth Proposition: Believers are sanctified through the blood.

The blood cleanses us from all the guilt of sin and thus separates us from the mass of men under the curse of the law and sets us apart for God. (Compare to 1 John 1:7,9 — "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have the fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin .... If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.") In the Old Testament the blood of the sacrifice cleansed the Israelites from the guilt of ceremonial offenses and set them apart for God; in the New Testament the blood of Christ cleanses the believer from guilt of moral offenses and sets him apart for God. John 17:17 RV — "Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth."

Fifth Proposition: We are sanctified in the truth, the word of God.

The word cleanses from the presence of sin, separates us from it, and sets us apart for God ( <19B909> Psalm 119:9,11. See also John 15:3 — "Now are ye clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.") As we bring our lives into daily contact with the word, the sins and imperfections of our lives and hearts are disclosed and put away, and we are more and more separated from sin unto God. ( John 13:10 — "Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.") 1 Corinthians 1:30 RV — "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption."

Sixth Proposition: Jesus Christ has become our sanctification.

Separation from sin and separation to God was provided for us in Christ.

When we appropriate Christ, we obtain the sanctification thus provided.

The more completely we appropriate Christ, the more completely we are sanctified. But perfect sanctification is provided in Him, just as perfect wisdom is provided in Him ( Colossians 2:3). We appropriate each in ever-increasing measure. Through the indwelling Christ, presented to us by the Spirit in the Word, we are made Christlike; and bear fruit. . John 15:1-7 — "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

As Christ takes continually more and more complete possession of every corner of our being, we are more and more completely sanctified. Hebrews 12:10-11 — "For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous but grievous: nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby."

Seventh Proposition: We become partakers of God's holiness through the administration of chastisement by our heavenly Father.

The word "holiness" in this passage is not the same word as the one translated "sanctification" in other passages, but it is from the same root. In verse 14, the same word is used, and it is translated "sanctification" in the Revised Version. Hebrews 12:14 RV — "Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord."

Eighth Proposition: Sanctification is something that we must pursue, or seek earnestly, if we are to obtain it.

While it is God's work, we have our part in it; namely, to make it the object of our earnest desire and pursuit. Romans 6:19,22 RV — "For as ye presented your members as servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity, even so now present your members as servants to righteousness unto sanctification. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end eternal life.

Ninth Proposition: We attain sanctification through presenting our members as servants (literally "slaves") to righteousness and becoming ourselves bondservants to God. 2 Corinthians 6:17; 7:1 — "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

Tenth Proposition: We perfect holiness by cleansing ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit.

To this end we are to come out from among unbelievers, refusing all alliances with them and touching no unclean thing. It is under the guidance and in the power of the Holy Spirit that we do this, but it is we that do it. Colossians 1:1-23 RV — "And you, being in time past alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and unreproveable before him: if so be that ye continue in the faith, grounded and stedfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel which ye heard, which was preached in all creation under heaven; whereof I Paul was made a minister."

Eleventh Proposition: The completion by Christ of the work of sanctification in us — our presentation before God, holy, without blemish and unreproveable — is conditioned upon our continuance in the faith, grounded and steadfast.

If we have a genuine faith we will so continue. Hebrews 10:39 — "But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul." Acts 26:18 — "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."

Twelfth Proposition: We are sanctified by faith in Christ.

Sanctification,just as justification, regeneration and adoption, is conditioned upon faith. Faith is the hand that appropriates this as all other blessings of God.