God Wants You Saved And Sanctified
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 – Jude Verse 1,
God wants His people to be saved, but He also wants them to be sanctified. Sanctification is not a denomination, but it’s a lifestyle for all those that are professing to be Christians.
When one is just saved, their lifestyle is just like the children of Israel; they wanted to serve God on their terms. They wanted to serve Belial and God when God clearly instructed them they should have no other god before Him (Thou shalt have no other gods before me – Exodus 20:3). Serving other gods is not just bowing before an image, when one commits themselves to the things of the world and not the things of God, they are serving another god.
When one professes to be a Christian, they are saying they believe Jesus died for their sins. They are saying their bodies belong to Jesus, and they have made Him not only their Savior, but He is their Lord. This means the person is willing to submit themselves to the written Word of God. This also means building a relationship with the Father and the Son.
When the children of Israel were delivered from the bondage of Pharaoh and the Egyptians, God instructed Moses to tell His people to be different from the surrounding nations, and they would be a special people to Him (Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar [special] treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine. And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priest and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel – Exodus 19:5-6). This commandment was not only for the children of Israel but for all those that profess to be a child of God.
Born-again Christians are spiritual Jews (But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God – Romans 2:29). The instructions that were given to the Jews to live a holy lifestyle goes for everyone professing to be a Christian. When one becomes a true Christian, Jesus enters the heart, and it becomes regenerated. The desires of the world are no longer a craving. We become spiritually hungry for the things of God.
Apostle Peter instructions for Christians to be dedicated to God; they were to be a holy people (But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light – 1st Peter 2:9). When Jesus died for our sins, he paid the price that satisfied the demands of God holiness. The price of redemption was the blood of Christ. Jesus didn’t die so that Christians could continue to practice sin.
Sin is pleasurable, but there is a price to pay for indulging in it; the wages of sin is death (For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord – Romans 6:23). There are two places one will spend eternity, heaven or hell the choice is our to decide where we will spend eternity. God has not changed, and neither has His Word. What He instructed, He’s expecting His children to follow the instructions.
Many doctrines contradict the teaching of the Bible. Many professing Christians are following these doctrines because it’s easier for them to follow than the instructions given by God. Men’s doctrine will send one to hell (Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned and avoid them -Romans 16:17). False doctrines appease the flesh and not the spirit.
Some of the things Christians, look at, listen, and attend, do you really think God is happy with it? God is holy, and He wants His people to be holy; that is what sanctification is, being separated to God and not the actions of the world. God expects His people to have a mindset to follow His instructions, to be determined to live a godly lifestyle (If a man, therefore, purge [cleanse] himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet [useful] for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work – 2nd Timothy 2:21).
Salvation and sanctification is a heart matters; if Jesus has not entered into a person’s heart, they will continue to crave the things of the world. When Jesus’ Spirit enters our hearts, we become a new creation (Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [creation]: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new – 2nd Corinthians 5:17). We also receive the mind of Christ, and His mind and will were to please the Father. He was obedient until death; many professing Christians need to die to themselves so that Jesus will not only be their Savior but their Lord, meaning they will give Him full control of their thoughts, and actions.
How can one grow spiritually if they never have time to give to God? This is why many professing Christians have not heard the voice of God, and if they did, they will give it to something told them rather than what God told them. Because they don’t know His voice, they aren’t sensitive to His Spirit. God gives visitations to our homes, cars, not just the church. But your home and cars must be a place you welcome His Spirit to enter. He will never enter a place He’s not welcome; that includes your physical being!
Jesus said if we love Him and keep His commandments, He and the Father would come and make their abode in us (Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him – John 14:23). People confess they love God, but they never pray until they’re asking for something. They don’t fast, nor do they read and study His Word. Praying, fasting, reading, and studying God’s Word is presenting yourself to Him and sanctifying yourself to be His.
Many of God’s people put everything before God, themselves, their spouses, children, jobs, education, and business. These things have become their idols, (He that loveth father or mother than Me is not worthy of Me. And he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of Me – Matthew 10:37). They give their time and adoration to everyone except Jesus and the Father. They can talk about their favorite entertainer or actor for hours, but you don’t hear a word about the goodness of God and what He has done for them. They praise their gods and forsake the true God.
Jesus is returning for His church, and He’s returning for a church without blemish. The only way we can be found in the condition He’s coming for is that our life has to be sanctified. We must be a church that is submitted to Him. Seek God with your whole heart, and you will find Him; as you seek Him, He will begin the sanctification. Go through the process, and it will work together for your good!