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 SANCTIFICATION - STAN TOLER
 
Hebrews 13:12
 
“And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy
through his own blood.”
 
Sanctification is a scriptural term. The words sanctify, sanctified and sanctification can be found 164 times in the Bible.

Why Should I Be Sanctified? (Ephesians 5:18).  “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”  “To sanctify means to: ‘make holy’ or ‘to be cleansed.’ Sanctification is the completion of the work begun in regeneration.” —H. Orton Wiley
 
Sanctification is God’s provision for us (1 Thessalonians 4:3). “It is God’s will that you should be holy; that you should avoid sexual immorality.”
 
Sanctification is needed because of carnality (1 Corinthians 3:3). “You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?”
 
Sanctification deepens our understanding of God (1 Peter 1:13-16). “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”

Sanctification gives us living and dying grace (Revelation 20:6). “Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.”
 
Sanctification helps us to live clean in an unclean world (1Thessalonians 5:23). “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
 
Sanctification gives us a hopeful heart (Romans 5:5).  “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”  “Sanctification is more than dying grace, it is living grace.” —John Wesley
 
When Should I Be Sanctified? (2 Corinthians 7:1) “Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
 
When you feel convicted of the need (1 Thessalonians 4:7).  “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” 
 
When you are willing to release your faith (1 Peter 5:8-10). “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of
sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
 
How Long Will It Take for Me to Be Sanctified?
 
No longer than it takes you to hear this message!
No longer than it takes for you to make a covenant with God.
No longer than it takes to trust Christ to cleanse your heart right now.
 
What Are Some of the False Teachings about Sanctification?
 
Myth No. 1. It will take away your power to choose.
Myth No. 2. It will exempt you from temptation.
Myth No. 3. It will destroy your humanity.
Myth No. 4. It will give you full Christian maturity.

How Can I Be Sanctified?
 
Decide to seek the blessing.
Submit wholly to the will of God.
Walk in the light of holiness.
 
“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it” (I Thessalonians 5:24).
 
Stan Toler is a General Superintendent Emeritus in The Church of the Nazarene and
author of nearly 100 inspirational books.
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