by Garrett O’Brien, originally published 10-October-2015
Due to poor note-keeping from the original post, the new segments noted in the latter part of this blog was restarted on 11-October-2021
Part of our Judeo-Christian heritage calls for obedience — at all levels, not just when someone is looking.
And THAT calls for leading a sanctified life.
We hear that often, shake our heads…. then agree…
But our eyes and mind hit a fog…
Why is obedience so important to sanctification and vice versa?
We know an obedient life when we see one – but do we know what a sanctified life looks like?
What does a sanctified and obedient life entail?
If we are NOT listening to our convictions, we will never know obedience nor right from wrong…
If we ARE listening to our convictions, then we know when we are being obedient or not, we know right from wrong…
If our actions avoid implementing plans on correcting what is convicting us, then eventually we become numb to our convictions, burnt to making any corrections, forming any new habits, developing any new disciplines…
If our actions pursue implementing plans on correcting what is convicting us, then eventually we become sensitive to our convictions, making any corrections becomes desirable, forming any new habits wanted, and developing any new good disciplines becomes a lifestyle…
So How Do We Know We Are Living a Sanctified Life or Not?
Is being obedient good enough for a sanctified life? or does all this entail more than that?
Well, the answers are already in the 1189 Chapters, the 31,173 verses, as well as the 807,361 words in the Bible, written by about 40 authors – all of whom – for the most part – did not know each other…
We just have to sort them out…
The amazing part is God’s message is consistent throughout the Bible, regardless of who wrote it, when it was written, and no matter what part of the Bible you read…
If it appears inconsistent then you have not read enough of the Bible – explanations from God never come on a silver platter as He knows we will remember best if we learn from our mistakes not if answers are handed out…
(hint: this says why “for the greater good” is a fallacy but we digress, back to the topic…)
This is going to take more than one post but to keep everything together, we are going to republish this post when each part has been completed.
We will start with the verses we believe support all this, and in the coming weeks, we will add more thoughts and research to each of the verses, aiming for a weekly basis…
But don’t wait on us — use social media to chip in…
The verses (New King James version) in particular that give the key that will shed light upon sanctification as well as tell us how to have sanctification come into our life are as follows…
”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,” (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
Or more clearly,
But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved of the Lord because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth
From this verse, salvation has two elements: the sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth.
It also means a process which we elect, not one in which is born in us — and both are an internal process not external.
External may influence us but the process is internal — such as that voice we hear when we have a conviction about something… Think about it: Is that you speaking to you? Or the Holy Spirit nudging you to do the right thing? I can’t answer that for you — only you can…
God will never manipulate our will as He will never manipulate us to follow His will.
He never yells when guiding us — He entices, whispers, leads, opens doors… but never yells.
Yelling is a form of intimidation — He already knows how intimidating He can be once we realize who He really is…
Besides, yelling goes against His will — anyone yelling either demanding respect or venting their anger, are they not?
There’ll be plenty of yelling come judgment day — but not until then…
Throughout the Bible, He commands respect through our humility, respect, and honor.
He is a zealous God — but He is a loving God as well…
Sanctification comes through the Holy Spirit and only if we choose to obey and listen…
Every time we listen, every time we are obedient, we start a Butterfly Effect…
“And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)
Paul was talking to the church of Corinth, the city of which was known for its immorality – lawsuits among believers meaning they were relying on secular and not Godly laws, opening the door to doubt and closing the door to the true faith.
Backing up to verses 7-10 to see other issues that were permitted to exist in Corinth…
“The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters. Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.“
Plain and simple – no matter what your life was before deciding to turn to and pursue a relationship with Christ, you are ‘washed’ – forgiven.
King David had his best military captain murdered so he could pursue his wive – yet David is considered close to God’s heart, not because he killed his captain so he could have his wife as his own but because every time David drifted, he returned his presence to God, asked for forgiveness, and changed his ways.
This hardly means you can keep finding evil things to do or do something to be deliberately disobedient then return to God asking for forgiveness – He’s NOT a stupid God, He is a very zealous God.
There are only 2 spiritual domains – when one arrives the other leaves, when one has been invited the other takes an exit.
You cannot serve both domains – you, we, must choose one over the other.
One domain can create, the other domain can only destroy – and usually does so by honey-coating the bait used to reel you in.
Because Christ was able to overcome both his physical and spiritual death by permitting Himself to be punished by whatever means necessary before even being crucified, the blood of Christ, the body of the Christ, even the name of Jesus Christ is a fear to the spiritual word of Satan.
God will permit you to be persecuted for a reason – your faith is like a muscle and it only grows under duress.
To those believing that is a license to prosecute Christians, you are in either for a very nasty surprise at a time you least expect – or like Saul of Tarsus who was feared by Christians throughout the Roman empire due to his brutal and deadly ways of treating them, you could find yourself being converted.
Saul of Tarsus, for the uninformed, was renamed as Paul – and more than a decade after his conversion to Christianity by God Himself, Paul went on to write the majority of the books in the New Testament.
Once leaving Saul of Tarsus behind, Paul lived, breathed, and pursued a sanctified life – many of his encouragements in the Bible were written while he was being physically assaulted, jailed, chased out of town.
He knew his prosecutors and persecutors would have their own judgment in front of God one day – Paul focused on what blessing he and anyone else accepting Christ would have by living a sanctified life.
Paul remained true to God as Job had when Job lost everything – for Paul knew the vessel called a human body is only temporary, the heavenly body he would receive would be forever.
And so it will be for anyone pursuing a sanctified life.
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Notes coming soon
”… elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.” (1 Peter 1:2)
Notes coming soon
“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13)
Notes coming soon
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25-27)
Notes coming soon
“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.” (1 Peter 1:22-23)
Notes coming soon
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Garrett is the owner of DecisiveLiberty.News. Formerly a Liberal then a Republican, Garrett has seen political parties by default look out for themselves and not the people. Garrett now focuses specifically on our Constitution as it is written. He uses Decisive Liberty as a platform to provide a voice to those that believe neither political party are protecting our Constitution nor our Rights to their fullest as our Founding Fathers wrote them in the First 10 Amendments. For the moment, Garrett resides in Brazil with his wife.
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