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What Does it Mean for a Christian to be Sanctified?
What role does sanctification play as part of our daily spiritual warfare?
There are two basic components for understanding sanctification (set apart for God) as mentioned in the New Testament. The first aspect is called "Positional Sanctification" which is the regeneration of the Holy Spirit given to a person at the moment of conversion to Christ. This sanctification places you permanently into the family of God and guarantees your full redemption. It is a gift from God to the person who accepts Christ as their savior. At this point, the believer has been set apart for God and has received His gift of eternal life. Therefore, Positional sanctification is freely given and is passively received by the one who has accepted Christ.
The second aspect of sanctification is called "Progressive Sanctification." God wants the Christian to fellowship with Him, in other words, to live by His truth and His Spirit that He placed within them. This is actively received into manifestation by the Christian because it requires the will and action on the part of the believer to follow after Christ. The regeneration of the Holy Spirit in the believer is also called the "new man" or the new nature placed within the believer. It is God's will that every Christian actively be sanctified in Him, which means to walk in the new nature that one has already received.
The Apostle Paul wrote in the book of Ephesians 4:24,
"And that ye put on the new man,
who after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
Search for God's will in the bible,
meditate on what He says to you. The epistles of the New Testament were written
to the Christian. This is where you would begin to understand God's will and
JESUS PRAYED, "I pray not that thou shouldest take them from the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth." (ASV, John 17:15-17).
Clearly, sanctification or
sanctifying oneself with God's Word is an integral part of our daily spiritual
warfare in which we are kept by God from the "evil one."
Blessing, Love and Prayers,