John 17:11 -And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
I read this verse and I think to myself…..”this is a powerful invitation that Christ is giving us.”That we may be one with him as he is one with the God the father. Of all the prayers Jesus prayed I’ve got a loud ‘amen!’ for this one. To be involved with the Godhead on this level is a mind-boggling thought.
Yet we read it so quickly with out considering the implications. Or the process involved.
Gods process to aid man in answering the invitation to fellowship with God the Father, Son and Spirit. It is the means by which God himself begins trans forming Christians into a being fit to be in this kind of fellowship with His Holy self. And it is during this process that we experience a growing intimacy with him. Because of his love and perfect knowledge…..God knows he is the best thing for us.
I’d like to share one view of what sanctification is in this post Written by Justin Taylor……
Here are two good answers.
First, the Westminster Shorter Catechism (question 35) answers that sanctification is: the work of God’s free grace [2 Thess. 2:13] whereby weare renewed in the whole man after the image of God [Eph. 4:23-24], andare enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness [Rom. 6:4, 6; 8:1]
Anthony A. Hoekema (1913-1988), in Saved by Grace, defines it as follows: That gracious operation of the Holy Spirit,involving our responsible participation,by which he
- delivers us from the pollution of sin,
- renews our entire nature according to the image of God, and
- enables us to live lives that are pleasing to him.
And here is a helpful chart from Andy Naselli’s helpful Let Go and Let God? showing a bit of the diversity of the way the concept is understood in the NT:
|Initial sanctification (occurs simultaneously with justification and regeneration)||Progressive sanctification||Perfect, complete, or final sanctification (i.e., glorification)|
|“I am (or have been) sanctified.”||“I am being sanctified.”||“I will be sanctified.”|
|Sets a believer apart positionally from sin’s penalty and/or experientially from his “old man” in Adam (Rom. 6; Acts 20:32;26:18; 1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11; Heb. 10:10,14)||Sets a believer apart from sin’s power and practice (John 17:17; 2 Cor. 3:18;7:1; Phil. 1:6)||Sets a believer apart from sin’s presence and possibility (Rom. 8:29-30; Phil. 3:21;1 Thess. 3:12-13;Jude 24)|
I’ve tried to post in bite sized portions to leave room for meditation.
So what do you think? Is this understanding part of the march toward Personal Revival?