The Process of Sanctification
There are various ways through which a believer is to be sanctified:
For this is the will of God, your sanctification 1 Thessalonians 43a
The Word of God
“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17 NKJV). In other words, to be sanctified, you need to spend much time in The Word of God. The Word of God will reveal to you that in the New Testament alone there are 103 different sins listed. When you know your enemies (i.e. sin) you will know how to avoid them.
The Blood of Jesus
“Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate” (Heb 13:12 NKJV). Sanctification is also to be obtained by the blood of Jesus. The Word of God reveals the sin, the blood of Jesus cleanses it away.
The Holy Spirit
“But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth” (2Th 2:13 NKJV). Many Christians are trying to achieve this state of holiness without the presence and power of the Holy Spirit helping them out. The Holy Spirit is with us and in us to apply the sanctifying power of the blood of Jesus, as we walk in obedience to the Word of God.
Vital relationship with Christ
It is important to stress that the process of sanctification is not some legalistic conformity to a set of rules, the dos and do nots so loved by religion. It is born, as is the entire Christian life, out of our dynamic vital relationship with Christ by the Spirit.
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh” (Ezek. 36:26). As long as our hearts remain stony, we cannot live a holy life. But once they are replaced by hearts of flesh, it becomes easy to do the will of God.
Making holiness your purpose
2Tim 1:9 “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began”. Of all the goals we have for our life, the most important is to pursue holiness because it is Gods goal for our life. God has only one intended destiny for mankind; holiness. His only goal is to produce saints. If we truly love God we will commit to making holiness the primary purpose of our life.
Commitment to obedience
2Pet 3:2 “That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour”. There is no sanctification without obedience. The Spirits sanctifying work is done so that we may be obedient to Christ. The heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 “… obeyed by faith…” obedience is the pathway to holiness.
Author: Oloruntoyin Bakare
Oloruntoyin Bakare is a beloved mother, mentor, Spirit-led preacher and teacher of God’s word. With a doctorate degree in Church Ministry, a member of Association of Christian Theologians. She has a God-ordained mandate to teach the truth of the gospel to the body of Christ with special emphasis on relationships, building and repairing lives.