Be Sanctified

What does it mean to be sanctified?  Sanctification is one of those big words mostly used in Christian circles.  What exactly does it mean?  Is it something we are given? Something we have to do? Do we obtain it when we receive salvation or is it a process?  This is a discussion that I have heard recently with conflicting answers so I thought I would look into it.  In the old testament, it is used to mean “to make holy or set apart.”  It usually was something God decided to do for His people, an individual or His temple.  It was something He declared.  So what does it mean for believers?

I looked up the Greek term using e-sword (www.e-sword.net) to learn what the Greek terms are and what they mean.  From what I gathered, there are a couple different words and different uses (I found a few in particular:  hagaismos,  hagios, and hagiazo).  I am no scholar or anything near to that, but they seem to be derivatives of the same word.  They basically mean “sanctification, consecration, purification.”  To purify, make holy, set apart (for God’s glory  or to do His work).  It is the process of making or becoming holy.  Clear as mud, right?  Let’s look at the New Testament scriptures to see how the word is used. Continue reading “Be Sanctified”

What to do to Grow in the Spirit

In my our previous post, we discussed how God helps us to mature as a believer.  Today we will look at what the scripture says what our part is.  We don’t just sit back and watch God work.  He wants us to do something.  As a believer the Spirit indwells in us and guides us to live in a way that honors God and in so doing, our faith will grow and so will our character.  In our daily lives as well as the ministry God has called each of us to do, we need to be like Peter and get out of the boat and obey what Jesus commands us to do.  The other twelve sat in the boat and watched while Peter walked on water. Continue reading “What to do to Grow in the Spirit”

How God Helps Us to Grow

sprout-1147803_1280Sanctification is a big word.  But, it basically just means growing in the Spirit to maturity.  We are a work in progress.  This is not about being saved, but about maturing once we are saved.  The Spirit continually works in us throughout our lives.

This will be a two-part series on what the scriptures say how God leads us to sanctification and what we need to do throughout this process.  First, I will talk about what God does.  Without Him, we can do nothing. Continue reading “How God Helps Us to Grow”

Press on Toward Christ

Recently, I had comments from someone who believed that Paul was a false teacher who was a self appointed apostle, who contradicted Jesus’ teachings and who always wanted to lift himself up.  He used the book of Acts to point out that Matthias was appointed, not Paul, but would not accept my argument that Luke wrote (also in Acts) that Paul was appointed by Jesus and accepted by the apostles to bring the gospel to the Gentiles.  You cannot pick and choose which part of the Bible you believe and accept.  If there is any doubt in some of it, what does that say about the rest of it?  Read through the gospels and through Paul’s epistles (particularly Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians) and see if you see contradiction to Jesus’ teachings.  Does Paul point us to himself or to Jesus Christ?  Paul was martyred for his faith in Jesus Christ and proclaiming the gospel.  Paul says he is the least of the apostles and the chief of sinners.  He says he is wretched and undeserving and only by grace was he saved.  Now that I put that distraction behind me, let us move on and look at the scriptures.

Continue reading “Press on Toward Christ”