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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