I have found nothing in the Bible that even insinuates that sanctification is a second stage of spiritual growth, or a second work of grace to be sought after becoming a Christian. In John 17, Jesus asked the Father to sanctify us in the truth (His Word is truth), and He sanctified Himself that we also might be sanctified. The author of Hebrews says that Jesus came to do the Father’s will, and that by His will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all; and that by that offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified, 10:9-10,14. In chapter 13:11-13, he says, “…the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Hence, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.”
Hebrews 12:14 says, “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.” Here, the writer is exhorting the readers to maintain the race, strengthen the hands that are weak, and the knees that are feeble, so that no one comes short of the grace of God, vs. 12,13,15.
So, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all; Jesus sanctified us through His own blood. That is, we have been separated unto God, set apart and made holy by the blood of Jesus, a people for God’s own possession. We are to continually go out to Him outside the camp, a people set apart for God; offering ourselves as living sacrifices to Him who loves us. We are to maintain the race set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, through whose sacrifice we became a holy nation.
Sanctification is therefore not a work which we achieve; it is a finished work by Christ Jesus, the perfect Savior. We need only persevere to the end; and we do this by taking up our cross daily, walking by the Spirit daily, and offering ourselves to Him as living sacrifices daily.
Rev. Jon Banks
P.S. It is my sincere hope that everything I write be tested, not by what others have said, but by the Holy Word of God. Please weigh everything I say on the scales of the Word of God before you discard them. May the Lord bless you.
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