What Is Sanctification?
For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren – Hebrews 2:11.
Sanctification and belief are different, sanctification is when one has decided that he or she will live according to the Bible as much as humanly possible. Whereas those that believe will serve God partially as long as it does not interfere with their desires.
Sanctification is not a denomination, but it is a lifestyle. When the children of Israel had been delivered from Egypt and Pharaoh, God instructed them what He desired of them. They were to separate themselves from sin and not live according to other nationalities. God is holy as the transcendent Creator, above and apart from nature. To be separate to God is much more important than to be separate from other things.
At a certain time of the year, people will fast from different foods or certain things they will not do during that time of the month; but their fasting will not change their spirit or their actions if they have not separated themselves to fully serve God and follow the instructions of His Son.
As God’s people are separated to Him, we become more and more conformed to His image, to be the persons God intended us to be when He created the first man and the first woman. Holiness in God’s people involves grace, righteousness. integrity, peace, and mercy because these are the characteristics of the God who has redeemed us and whom we serve.
In order to worship God in spirit and truth, one must do more than just believe He is God. The devils believe He’s God and they don’t worship or serve Him (Thou believes that there is one God; thou doest well, the devils also believe and tremble – James 2:19). Have you ever noticed that secular singers always make statements such as “thank God”, or God has blessed me”? They aren’t making reference to the Holy God, but the ungodly god. The songs they sing, the music they play does not magnify the Holy God.
People will stand in line for hours and days to get concert tickets. They stand and cheer, scream, waving their hands in praise; they know the lyrics of the songs, but when it comes to their Creator they don’t know a Scripture or a lyric to a gospel song, something is wrong with that!
If there wasn’t a different spirit in the music, all music would be the same; there wouldn’t be gospels songs, and singers, everyone will be singing similar songs and playing similar music. Secular music makes you want to dance, it gives you desires that will satisfy your flesh whereas gospel music and lyrics give you the desire to worship God in your heart and spirit.
Who you seek, you will serve whether it’s God or the god of this world (But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest. the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them – 2nd Corinthians 4:3-4). One can’t serve God and Satan, either you do or you don’t.
When one is conformed to the world and its actions they can’t discern what is righteous according to God. If our minds are transformed by the Word of God then our spirit will also be transformed to serve God in spirit and in truth (Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God – Romans 12:2). As Christians we’re are to resist being poured into the mold of the secular thinking, value systems, and conduct of this world.
People that serve the secular don’t want to hear the true gospel, they want to hear words of blessings and prosperity. Their lives contest to what Scripture is saying as well as the true gospel ( We are of God; he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error – 1st John 4:6). God wants you to be sanctified to Him and not of the world. If we’re not keeping His commandments either we need deliverance or we’re not saved (And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us – 1st John 3:24).
When true salvation has been accepted everyone receives a portion of His Spirit, but there is a baptism of the Spirit, the baptism is given to those that will be submitted to His commandments. Baptism of the Spirit is for every denomination, it is not just for a selected few. The only way one can serve God in spirit and in truth, the Spirit of Holiness must be residing in them.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit is when the Fruit of the Spirit of God will be manifested in the Christian believer. Baptism of the Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of truth and He will open the understanding of the believer of what is truth and what is not (Howbeit when He the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you the things to come – John 16:13.
Accept the Word of God, submit to His teaching and it will save your soul (Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves – James 1:22). As Christians we have to keep ourselves from the world – (Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keep himself unspotted from the world – James 1:27).
As we live according to the Word, daily we sanctify ourselves. We watch our actions and motives. We examine ourselves to see whether or not we’re showing love, compassion, mercy towards others. We present ourselves to God in the beauty of holiness, that’s sanctification. Our actions and conversation will magnify God and not the god of this world!