How God Sanctifies and Perfects Sinners?
"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
How God Sanctifies and Perfects
Sanctify is to purify life. God sanctifies you means that you will live a holy life there after. How God does that? God gives you the holy spirit to lead you in godly life. You may read the links for details: "Born Again means", "Born Again lesson". God gives his power to make you his son, "John 3:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" Then he gives grace to overcome sins, you may read this link for details: "Grace means", "Grace lesson". If anybody seeks after these supernatural provisions, they will be made pure and holy, which means that they are sanctified. This person will sin No more. Only sins remain in them are the sins he/she has committed in the past. At this point God forgives their past sins, making them perfect. They were once sinners, but they are now perfect and it is the work of God on his people. His people are those who strive to obey God.
Preachers say that Jesus Christ took the punishment for your sins upon himself. It is not true even if they lie ignorantly. But most of them lie on purpose. Even if it is done ignorantly, lie is a lie. The punishment for sins, is not to be crucified on a cross until he dies. But, it is to put him on hell fire through eternity. Jesus was not thrown into hell until eternity is over, but was crucified on a cross. So, he did not took the punishment for our sins, but died as a sacrifice for our sins, to become the author of salvation."Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec." Here, Jesus Christ is the "High Priest after the order of Melchisedec" and he is "the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him." So, Jesus Christ has his blood with him, and as the high priest he will clean only those who will obey him. They are the only people who will be forgiven of their past sins. Jesus Christ will damn the disobedient. But the blood is not made available to us to use it as we please. Preachers teach Christians to claim the blood of Jesus, and pronounce that their sins are already cleansed by the blood. But the blood is so precious and holy. Only the High Priest Jesus Christ will use the blood. "Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." He will apply the blood only on the Sanctified, but not on the sinning people.
1 John 1:7 says: "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." Jesus Christ walks in the pure light of holiness, and there is no sin. If we walk in this same light, there will be no sin in us, then Jesus Christ will forgive all past sins that we have committed. Mark 4.12 says: "… they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them." Here, forgiveness of sins will be after grace has converted us from our sin to holiness. Matthew 13:15, John 12:40, and Acts 28:27 all say the same thing. "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." The true ministry of God is not to manage a religious church, but to keep the people acceptable to God, by keeping them sanctified. Colossians 1 says: "13) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14) In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:" We have to be delivered from darkness that is sin; and then our past sins will be forgiven by the blood of Jesus. Hebrews 10 says: "16) … saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17) And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more." Once their hearts and minds are rooted in the word of God to obey them, then their past sins will be forgiven. 1 Peter 1:2 says: "through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:" Here, obedience to the spirit is first, then the sprinkling of the blood, which is forgiveness of past sins. Ephesians 1 says: "6) ... he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins," Grace first enables us to be accepted into the beloved, and then we are forgiven through the blood. "Romans 5:21 .. as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." As grace reigns our lives, we will not sin anymore, then our past sins are forgiven. "1 John 1:9 ... he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." As he forgives us our sins, his blood cleanses all our unrighteousness, which is the root cause for us to commit sins. When unrighteousness is removed, there will be no more addiction to commit sin, and the person will have no more craving for sin. Now the person is perfect. "Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." Here Jesus Christ forgives all the past sins of those who were sanctified, who will not sin anymore, and this will make them perfect. That is, all their past sins are forgiven and they will not sin anymore and so they are perfect. Jesus Christ has made them perfect with no sin at all. "Matthew 1:21 ... call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Now, he/she is saved. When a person is completely sanctified, God forgives his/her past sins, which makes the person perfect without any sin.
Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That is, God pulled us out of sin, placed us in Christ and in heavenly places, and says "by grace ye are saved;" This salvation does not refer to the second coming of Christ, neither it is the judgment of Christ, nor it is the forgiveness of sins. People were pulled out of sin and placed in Christ, and Christ is in heavenly places where there is no sin, this will make a person holy, or it is called sanctification. Now they are placed in a Spirit realm, where sin cannot reach. They will not sin in the future. They were sanctified before the forgiveness. Only sin that remains with them is the past sins, which they have committed when God was forbearing, and those sins are now forgiven. "Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" So, the blood has perfected them that are sanctified as in Hebrews 10:14. That is, God gives grace to a sinner. This grace stops the sins of the future. Now, God forgives his past sins by the blood of Jesus Christ, perfecting the sanctified. In Romans 3, Jesus Christ converts a sinner by his grace, into a just person, and they commit sins no more because of grace. Then his blood forgives the past sins, that were committed before they came to grace, making them perfect. Grace is the workmanship of God. The blood is the scarifies on the cross. These are two entirely different functions of God. Grace and the blood, make a person perfect. You may read the details on this link: "How God Forgives?".
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