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October 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Sanctification is...The Resurrection


The following is the fourth part of the Sanctification Bible Study held on August 21, 2016.  Sanctification is.......The Resurrection.  

 
Acts 2:31-32 states, “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.”  In St. John 11:24–26, we read, “Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

 

Romans 8:11 states, "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” In Romans 6:4–8, we read, "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

 

Colossians 3:1-4 states, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”  We read in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

A full copy of the Sanctification Bible Study can be found by clicking here or by selecting About Us/Bible Study Library from the tabs across the top of the home page and then selecting Part 2-Sanctification Bible Study.

 

 




October 4, 2016, 2:32 PM

Sanctification is.....The Baptism of the Holy Ghost


The following is the third part of the Sanctification Bible Study.  Sanctification is......The Baptism of the Holy Ghost.

Titus 3:5 states, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”  In Matthew 3:11 we read, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:”  Ephesians 4:4-6, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

John 14:15-26, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.  Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.  These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."

In Luke 24:49 we read, “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”   

Acts 2:14-21 states, "But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:  For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.  But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;  And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:  And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:  And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”




September 26, 2016, 1:12 PM

Sanctification is....the Born Again Experience


The following is the second part of the Sanctification Bible Study.  Sanctification is.....the Born Again Experience.  

Jesus told Nicodemus ye must be born again.  In John 3:1-8 we read,  “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:  The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?” Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

Definitions from Webster’s 1828 dictionary:

Sanctification - The act of God's grace by which the affections of men are purified or alienated from sin and the world, and exalted to a supreme love to God.

Regeneration - New birth by the grace of God; that change by which the will and natural enmity of man to God and his law are subdued, and a principle of supreme love to God and his law, or holy affections, are implanted in the heart.

Subdue - To conquer by force or the exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection; to reduce under dominion. Subduing implies conquest or vanquishing, but it implies also more permanence of subjection to the conquering power, than either of these words.




September 20, 2016, 12:40 PM

Sanctification


Sanctification is by definition “The act of grace by which the soul is cleansed from sin and made holy in the sight of God.”

As discussed in Part 1 of our Bible study series, our first step in approaching a Holy God for obtaining salvation is to confess or repent of our sins.  Will God forgive us?  Of course the answer is yes.  According to I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  God is Holy and just and if we sincerely come to Him with a repentant heart confessing our sins with a desire to live for him then he will wonderfully forgive all transgressions.  We none deserve anything from God but by His grace we can be receive forgiveness.  In addition to forgiveness, God also promises to “cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.  This one verse describes the “Good News” of Jesus Christ…he will forgive and cleanse.  Another word for this cleansing is “Sanctification”.  This is stated by Jesus while interacting with Paul the Apostle at his conversion.

Acts 26: 17-18

17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Jesus also said in John 17:19

And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

It is essential for salvation that we receive all of what God intends for us which is forgiveness and sanctification.  This sanctifying experience is truly why Jesus died and rose again.

Hebrews 13:11-12

11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

Once we are sanctified, we become one with Jesus Christ, we become part of the family of God!

Hebrews 2:11

11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

Romans 8:16-18

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.




September 6, 2016, 3:33 PM

Isaiah 40: 17-18 (KJV)


When we think about God, words can’t describe his greatness and majesty.  His power and love are indescribable and nothing or no one can be compared to him.  Isaiah 40:17-18 says “All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.  To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?"  Although we are very small and insignificant, God loves us unconditionally.  His compassions toward us are new every morning.  Why God loves us is difficult to explain but God is love!  This week as you go about your day, consider God’s goodness and love towards you.

Have a great week!

Bro. Mike Merritt


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