Sanctification According to Scripture:(This is written for a “Christian” audience so the more familiar terms- “God” and “Jesus” are employed.)
Before we address the doctrine of sanctification. We must first reestablish what most of Christianity has failed to understand. Most Christians have been deceived over the centuries and have been taught that the “Old Testament” is obsolete. The problem is that the “New Testament” disagrees with this concept. Most Christians ignore what Jesus and God say about the Law and Commandments, but instead run to Paul, as if he were God, and use a twisted understanding of his writings to justify their disobedience. Also, most Christians have not been taught what the New Covenant truly is. In fact, most Christians don’t know that the New Covenant is actually in the “Old Testament.” Also, most Christians don’t know what sin is either. Most Christians don’t understand that we are supposed to keep God’s Commandments, including the 4th commandment about the 7th day Sabbath. The New Testament flat out says to keep the 7th day Sabbath, but most Christians choose to ignore it.
Here are some Scriptures to establish that all these things are true:
2 Timothy 3:16 ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for DOCTRINE, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
We see here in the “New Testament” that all scripture is for doctrine and not just the “New Testament.” All means all and includes the “Old Testament.” God does not make mistakes. God does not change. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Jesus teaches us that God’s Law will not pass until Heaven and Earth pass away. Guess what? Heaven and Earth are still here.
Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, UNTIL HEAVEN AND EARTH PASS, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from THE LAW, UNTIL ALL BE FULFILLED.
Jesus says that he did not come to destroy God’s Law.
Matthew 5:17 THINK NOT THAT I HAVE COME TO DESTROY THE LAW, or the prophets: I AM NOT COME TO DESTROY, BUT TO FULFILL.
Jesus tells us to keep the Commandments, if we want to have eternal life.
Matthew 19:16-17 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have ETERNAL LIFE? And he said unto him, Why call thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but IF THOU WILT ENTER INTO LIFE, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS.
Jesus says that if we love Him, then we need to keep His Commandments.
John 14:15 IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.
John 14:21 He that hath my COMMANDMENTS, AND KEEPS THEM, he it is that LOVES me: and he that LOVES me shall be LOVED of my Father, and I will LOVE him, and will manifest myself to him.
The Apostle John tells us that if we keep God’s Commandments, then we can say that we know Him.
1 John 2:3 And hereby we do KNOW that we KNOW him, if we KEEP his COMMANDMENTS.
The Apostle John also tells us that if we do not keep God’s Commandments, then we don’t know Him and are liars.
1 John 2:4 He that says, I KNOW HIM, and KEEPS NOT HIS COMMANDMENTS, IS A LIAR, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM.
Do you know of any Christians going around saying they know Jesus or God, but don’t keep His Commandments?
Would you like to have your prayers answered?
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
Do you want to dwell in Jesus and have Him dwell in you?
1 John 3:24 And he that KEEPS HIS COMMANDMENTS DWELLS IN HIM, AND HE IN HIM. And hereby we know he abides in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
You want to love the children of God?
1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.
Have you ever been taught that God’s Commandments are bondage and hard to keep?
Well, not according to the Apostle John.
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT GRIEVOUS.
You want to make the Devil mad at you and have people that are deceived by the Devil mad at you too, including friends and family? Just start keeping God’s Commandments!
Revelation 12:17 And the DRAGON was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Do you want to be a saint of God?
Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, and the faith of Jesus.
Do you want to have the right to the Tree of Life?
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that DO HIS COMMANDMENTS, that they may HAVE RIGHT TO THE TREE OF LIFE, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Christians always run to the words of Paul, as if he were God, and totally ignore everywhere Jesus/God contradict what Christians have been deceived into believing. Peter warned us 2000 years ago that this was already happening in his day and now it is so rampant that the majority of Christianity have been taught a twisted understanding of Paul’s teachings. This has caused disharmony with all the rest of Scripture.
2 Peter 3:15-16 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother PAUL also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things HARD TO BE UNDERSTOOD, which they that are UNLEARNED AND UNSTABLE WREST, as they do also the OTHER SCRIPTURES, unto their own DESTRUCTION.
The New Covenant is found in the “Old Testament.”
Jeremiah 31:31-33 Behold, the days come, says the Lord, that I will make a NEW COVENANT with the HOUSE OF ISRAEL, and with the HOUSE OF JUDAH: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, says the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the HOUSE OF ISRAEL; After those days, says the Lord, I will put my LAW IN THEIR INWARD PARTS, AND WRITE IT IN THEIR HEARTS; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Did you notice that the New Covenant has never been with a “Church?” The New Covenant is with Israel and Judah(Jews). According to Paul in Romans 11, we have to be grafted into Israel. Did you also catch that God is going to put HIS LAW in our inward parts and in our hearts. Ask yourself, is God putting HIS LAW into your inward parts and in your heart. If you hate God’s LAW, then how do you know you are in covenant with God? Notice that God’s LAW was never changed, just the covenant was changed. Same law, different covenant. Same law, different application of the law.
Here is what the Bible defines sin as:
1 John 3:4 Whosoever commits SIN TRANGRESSES ALSO THE LAW: for SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW.
Here is what even Paul says about sin in Romans.
Romans 6:14-15 FOR SIN SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER YOU: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? SHALL WE SIN, because we are not under the law, but under grace? GOD FORBID!
Even Paul teaches that we should not sin.
Even in Paul’s day, Christians were turning the grace of God into a license or permission to sin.
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, TURNING THE GRACE OF OUR GOD INTO LASCIVIOUSNESS, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
One last thing before we learn about the doctrine of sanctification. Here is where the “New Testament” tells us that we are to keep the 7th day Sabbath.
Hebrews 4:1-11 Let us fear therefore, lest haply, a promise being left of entering into his REST, any one of you should seem to have come short of it.
2 For indeed we have had good tidings preached unto us, even as also they: but the word of hearing did not profit them, because it was not united by faith with them that heard.
3 For we who have believed do ENTER INTO THAT REST; even as he hath said, As I swore in my wrath, They shall not enter into my REST: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For he hath said somewhere of THE SEVENTH DAY on this wise, AND GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS;
5 and in this place again, They shall not enter into my REST.
6 Seeing therefore IT REMAINS THAT SOME SHOULD ENTER THEREIN, and they to whom the good tidings were before preached failed to enter in because of disobedience,
7 he again DEFINES A CERTAIN DAY, To-day, saying in David so long a time afterward (even as hath been said before), To-day if ye shall hear his voice, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS.
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, he would not have spoken afterward of another day.
9 THERE REMAINS THEREFORE A SABBATH REST FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD.
10 FOR HE THAT IS ENTERED INTO HIS REST HAS HIMSELF ALSO RESTED FROM HIS WORKS, AS GOD DID FROM HIS.
11 Let us therefore GIVE DILIGENCE TO ENTER INTO THAT REST, that no man fall after the same example of disobedience.
Now, we will discuss the doctrine of sanctification:
1) We keep the Sabbath because it is a sign so that we may know God sanctifies us.
Exodus 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my SABBATHS ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth SANCTIFY you.
Ezekiel 20:12 Moreover also I gave them my SABBATHS, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that SANCTIFY them.
2) We eat only kosher foods because we are to be sanctified and holy.
Leviticus 11:43-45 Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creeps, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby. For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore SANCTIFY yourselves, and ye shall be HOLY; for I am HOLY: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. For I am the Lord that brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be HOLY, for I am HOLY.
3) We keep God’s statutes because God sanctifies us.
Leviticus 20:7-8 SANCTIFY yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God. And ye shall keep my STATUTES, and do them: I am the Lord which SANCTIFY you.
4) We are sanctified by keeping Passover.
2 Chronicles 30:17 For there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified: therefore the Levites had the charge of the killing of the PASSOVER for every one that was not clean, to SANCTIFY them unto the Lord.
2 Chronicles 35:6 So kill the PASSOVER, and SANCTIFY yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that they may do according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Moses.
5) We are sanctified by God’s Word(ALL OF IT, NOT BITS AND PIECES).
John 17:17 SANCTIFY them through thy truth: thy WORD is truth.
Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might SANCTIFY and cleanse it with the washing of water by the WORD, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
6) We are sanctified by the blood of Jesus.
Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might SANCTIFY the people with his own BLOOD, suffered without the gate.
7) We are sanctified by faith.
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.
8) We are sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being SANCTIFIED by the HOLY SPIRIT.
1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are SANCTIFIED, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the SPIRIT of our God.
9) We are sanctified in Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are SANCTIFIED in CHRIST JESUS, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and ours.
1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are SANCTIFIED, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord JESUS, and by the Spirit of our God.
Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are SANCTIFIED through the offering of the body of JESUS CHRIST once for all.
10) We are sanctified by God the Father.
Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are SANCTIFIED by GOD THE FATHER, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called.