Christians experience a fundamental but monumental change at salvation. It is sensed immediately but later understood with some learning. That change is a spiritual separation from this world due to Godâ€™s grace in sanctification. To be sanctified is to be made holy in the likeness of God the Father.
With salvation comes Godâ€™s imputation of holiness to every Christian through His sanctification. Without sanctification there would be no separation from this this sinful world. Without sanctification we would remain unholy – remain lost. Thank God for sanctification by which He ascribes holiness to the believer.
Following is a quote from W.E. Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words. â€œSanctification is that relationship with God into which men enter by faith in Christâ€¦and to which their sole title is the death of Christ.â€ Upon oneâ€™s placement of faith in Jesus Christ God graciously grants a new relationship with Him by His sanctifying power. That new relationship is one of holiness.
While praying to the Father on behalf of His disciples Jesus admitted that believers were no longer considered part of this world – no longer to be counted among the lost. Jesus prayed these words to the Father: â€œI have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.â€ John 17:14
A change of ownership happens when God sanctifies a believer with His holiness. Because we assume the likeness of God by receiving His holiness we become His property. Our life is no longer ours. It belongs to God. We are all familiar with the words of the Apostle Paul written to the church at Corinth:
â€œWhat? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are Godâ€™s.â€ I Corinthians 6:19-20 The Christianâ€™s body, mind and soul belong to God.
There is a very good reason Christians belong to God. We are His creation which gives God undisputed ownership. â€œFor we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.â€ Ephesians 2:10 Not only did God create us but He created us to perform good works for Him.
We have seen: (1) that at salvation God separates Christians unto Himself through sanctification. (2) Because of sanctification we take on the likeness of God and become His property. (3) God created us as Christians for the single purpose of doing good works.
Our next session will talk about the various sources of sanctification. Until tomorrow may GOD BLESS YOUâ€¦