Sanctification; God Changing You

Sanctification; God Changing You

March 19, 2016
Sanctification:  Hope in Change, Your Change.

1. A Separation from the world to God. 
2. Purified
3. Justified

to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity:

consecration, purification
the effect of consecration
sanctification of heart and life

[2Th 2:13 ESV] But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
[2Th 2:14 ESV] To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All Things for Your Good and God’s Glory. 
[Rom 8:28 ESV] And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
[Rom 8:29 ESV] For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
[Rom 8:30 ESV] And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Sanctification.  Sep apart for God. 
[1Co 1:30 ESV] And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
[1Co 1:31 ESV] so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

Victory that comes From God and Through God, To God Glory. 
[Rom 8:31 ESV] What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
[Rom 8:32 ESV] He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

The Victory is you, rescued from evil and set apart for God. 
[Rom 8:33 ESV] Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.
[Rom 8:34 ESV] Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died--more than that, who was raised--who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
[Rom 8:35 ESV] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
[Rom 8:36 ESV] As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."

Pause Right There.  The Love of Christ.  Clearly is not “creature comforts”. 
True Life; The Real You is already been made alive.
The Real You is already Immortal. 

[2Co 5:4 ESV] For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened--not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

The Love of Christ is the Relationship forever connected with Your Creator. So that every little detail of  your life, from what socks you will wear to your career, relationships.  All have an eternal meaning and purpose. 

More than a Conqueror. 
[Rom 8:37 ESV] No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
[Rom 8:38 ESV] For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,
[Rom 8:39 ESV] nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Creation’s enemies simply cannot beat the Creator. 

Sin & Death, Sanctification and Eternal Life
[Rom 6:19 ESV] I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
[Rom 6:20 ESV] For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
[Rom 6:21 ESV] But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
[Rom 6:22 ESV] But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
[Rom 6:23 ESV] For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God Perfects His Children
[1Jo 4:15 ESV] Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
[1Jo 4:16 ESV] So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
[1Jo 4:17 ESV] By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
[1Jo 4:18 ESV] There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
[1Jo 4:19 ESV] We love because he first loved us.

God who does not change, changes us. 
[Mal 3:6 ESV] "For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

Reflection questions
Are God things becoming habit in your life?
Are God things becoming the norm?

The Five Disciplines.  Are they life habits for you? 
Church is an uncompromising norm.  Sunday I go to church. 

God Will Finish what He started. 
[Phl 1:6 ESV] And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.


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Do Not Resist an Evil Person

[Mat 5:38 ESV] "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
 (Civil Justice, with the temptation for revenge.)

Civil Justice Examples of neighborly disputes.  Things that make us say, “That’s not fair”. 

[Mat 5:39 ESV] But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
[Mat 5:40 ESV] And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
[Mat 5:41 ESV] And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
[Mat 5:42 ESV] Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
Do not resist the one who is evil. Slap, stealing, forcing, and begging. 
These are not examples of life threatening situations.  
These are examples of “unfair or unjust” experiences we have with our neighbors. 

But what about life-threatening situations?
Breaking and entering? Hurting your neighbor? 

Justice for a thief (not a murderer or rapist)
[Exo 22:2 ESV]  If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him,
[Exo 22:3 ESV] but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. 
He (The Thief) shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.
This is not an issue of endangerment to personal-self or family. This is an issue of stealing. 

The Westminster Catechism uses a term called General Equity. 
What overarching moral law is governing the situation?
And what clear commands has God Given us? 

Command of God for men to LOVE for their wife and family. 
[Eph 5:25 ESV] Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
[Eph 5:26 ESV] that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
[Eph 5:27 ESV] so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

[Eph 5:28 ESV] In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
[Eph 5:29 ESV] For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,
[Eph 5:30 ESV] because we are members of his body.

The Bible doesn’t say anywhere you can’t own a weapon. 
Jesus command to be prepared, during the last supper mentions owning a sword. 
[Luk 22:35 ESV] And he said to them, "When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?" They said, "Nothing."
[Luk 22:36 ESV] He said to them, "But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.
[Luk 22:37 ESV] For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: 'And he was numbered with the transgressors.' For what is written about me has its fulfillment."
[Luk 22:38 ESV] And they said, "Look, Lord, here are two swords." And he said to them, "It is enough."

Example:  Mission Trip training. 
Prepping for a trip. 
Governing laws
Cultural norms. 
Why: as Christians we don’t want to do anything that is perceived Offensive or Sinful. 

Be Subject to Governing Authorities.
[Rom 13:1 ESV] Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
[Rom 13:2 ESV] Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
[Rom 13:3 ESV] For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
[Rom 13:4 ESV] for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.
[Rom 13:5 ESV] Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

You are a Christians in US of America.  
Over our church door as you are leaving, says you are now entering the mission field. 

Does our governing authorities restrict its citizens from owning a weapon?
On the contraire, the founding fathers (Christians & Deists) made sure it was a right and duty to keep the citizens armed. 
Encouraging its citizens to a higher calling of responsibility. 

Concerning Lethal Self-Defense VS Pacifism.
Lethal Self-Defense is implied, because that is the purpose of weapon; sword or gun. 

Why spend time talking about this? 
What does it look like to be a Christian living in America?
God has an answer for us from the Bible.  

A few weeks ago I was critical of a sermon given by John Piper concerning Christians owning weapons. 

However the first part of that very sermon gave me great hope. 

John quotes from Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research.
The statistics from the 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center for Religion and Public Life. 

People claiming to have no religious affiliation has grown.
What we see from Pew is not the death-knell of Christianity, but another indication that Christianity in America is being refined.
From 2007 to 2014, the number of evangelicals in America rose from 59.8 million to 62.2 million.
Christianity isn’t dying and no research says it is; the statistics about Christians in America are simply starting to show a clearer picture of what American Christianity is becoming — less nominal, more defined, and more outside of the mainstream of American culture.
Stetzer puts it like this:
The cultural cost of calling yourself “Christian” is starting to outweigh the cultural benefit, so those who do not identify as a “Christian” according to their convictions are starting to identify as “nones” because it’s more culturally savvy.
Christianity is losing, and will continue to lose, its home field advantage; no one can (or should) deny this. However, the numerical decline of self-identified American Christianity is more of a purifying bloodletting than it is an arrow to the heart of the church.
My bigger concern.  
It’s important to know as much Bible as possible that is why I don’t mean digging into Biblical Truth for any topic. 

However, if when Christians have 101 reasons to miss church. A clear open act of rebellion to Jesus. I am very scared for you.  No Christian should be comfortable habitually missing church. 

WE all need to ask ourselves, do we love Jesus and will be obey Jesus our LORD?
Because Jesus our Lord Commands us to meet on a regular basis. 
[Heb 10:24 ESV] And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
[Heb 10:25 ESV] not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
[Heb 10:26 ESV] For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

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