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Where There is Salvation, There is Sanctification

The book of Romans is an amazing book.  We begin with Paul’s discussion of the universal nature of sin in both Jews and Gentiles (Romans 1-3:20).  Paul then turns to justification by faith in the finished work of Christ Jesus (Romans 3:21-5:21).  From justification he goes directly into discussing sanctification (Romans 6-8).

The reason for this is that salvation always produces sanctification.  Where there is not sanctification, there is no salvation.  If we are truly saved from sin, we are saved from sin (John 8:34-36).  Jesus doesn’t just wash away our sins by His own blood (Romans 3:25-26) but He also delivers His people from their sinful living (Matthew 1:21).  Jesus completely transform us so that Scripture uses phrases such as “born again” (John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23) or “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17).  We are no longer slaves of sin but now we are slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:18-22).

The point here is that one cannot claim Christ if there is no sanctification.  We cannot claim Christ and still abide in our sins (1 John 3:4-10).  The person who is in Christ is now a slave of His righteousness and the born again person desires to honor God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).  The new creation in Christ longs to please God through holiness (1 Peter 1:15-16) and the new creation recognizes the promises of God given to us in Christ are there to help us be holy as He is holy (2 Corinthians 7:1).  The child of God longs to be like his God in every way (1 Corinthians 10:31).  The longing of the soul of the child of God is to honor Christ and exalt Him through holiness (Hebrews 12:14).  Holiness is the cry of their souls (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).  There is an intense hatred of sin (Romans 8:23).  There is a passion for what Jesus has done for us in saving us by His grace (Romans 8:1-4).  One does not live in sin and still claim Christ (Hebrews 10:26-27).  The true child of God recognizes that the grace of God has been given to us to save us (Titus 2:11-14).

I long for holiness.  I long to be like Jesus in everything I say or do (1 John 2:3-6).  I despise sin, my flesh, and the enemy. I long to be pure and holy (Matthew 5:8).  I rejoice in the fact that I can run to the Father when I sin (1 John 1:9).  I rejoice that the blood of Jesus washes away all my sins (1 John 1:7).  I rejoice that Jesus is able to deliver His saints completely from their sins by His power (Hebrews 4:14-16).  There is no denying that we face temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13) nor that we are not perfect (James 3:2).  But the reality is that God has provided the blood of His Son to not only save us once but for all time as we trust in His grace.  The blood of Jesus is powerful enough to not just cleanse us initially from our sins but is able to sanctify us as well (Hebrews 10:10, 14).  As we war in this flesh (Galatians 5:16-17) may we trust in the grace of God, the blood of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit to help us be holy.  This is our only hope.  Holiness will not be found in morality or in legalism but through faith in the finished work of Jesus and His Spirit in us who helps us to be holy.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/08/2013 at 9:26 AM

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  1. Interesting note on sanctification and justification–the only time (that I’m aware) both are mentioned in the same verse, sanctification comes before justification! 1 Corinthians 6:11. I don’t know if there’s a point other than–I bet this would surprise a lot of people!

    jeff

    09/10/2013 at 5:56 PM


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