Your Sanctification Has Moved Inside You

Dec. 11, 2016 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

When we are born again, not only are we changed, but we also exchange everything we are not for everything that Jesus is. He is wisdom, righteousness, redemption, and holiness; and we become these things when we are in Christ and He is in us. We cannot live a Christian life through our own efforts; we can only do this in Jesus. Each of us must decide to let Him live through us by submitting and turning ourselves over to Him, and acknowledging that we are not successful in our own ability. The day we get saved, our sanctification moves inside of us.  Our sanctification is a Person, and His name is Jesus.

A. God living in us gives us what we need to live like Him, because we are like Him.
  1. But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. It is written, he that glories, let him glory in the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:30, 31).
    1. Our new birth produces a changed life, as well as an exchanged However, the born again experience does not make our flesh wise, righteous, or redeemed.
    2. Jesus has become our righteousness, our sanctification, our wisdom, and our redemption. He is everything that we can say we are in Him.
    3. Living a Christian life is difficult enough with God’s help, but it is impossible live it in our own ability.
    4. What we become in Christ is not linked to anything we do. We do not live to be holy, but we live holy because we have already been made holy.
    5. The Bible no longer refers to us as sinners. We are now saints (Philippians 1:1; Philemon 1:5; Colossians 1:2).
    6. Even when we sin with our bodies or souls, our spirits do not participate in it because we have been sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). The bad cannot enter in, and the good cannot get out.
  2. We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once, for all. By one offering, he has perfected forever those who are sanctified (Hebrews 10:10, 14).
    1. Jesus took care of the sin issue permanently when He went to the cross for us. This one act sanctified us forever.
    2. The perfection we receive through Him is in our born-again spirits.
  3. He has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him in love (Ephesians 1:4).
    1. We are this way because God sees us through Christ. He no longer sees us through ourselves.
B. Being born again unites our spirits with the Spirit of God. We are made perfect in Him.
  1. I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Comforter who will live with you forever (John 14:16).
    1. We do not have to worry that the Holy Spirit will leave us if we sin or make a mistake. With God living in us, when we miss the mark, whatever we do is not strong enough to run Him out of His house.
  2. As the holy and beloved elect of God, put on mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, and longsuffering (Colossians 3:12).
    1. We are instructed to display the characteristics of Christ. No matter who we encounter, we must treat everyone the same way. We do this because we are holy.
  3. If the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy. If the root is holy, so are the branches (Romans 11:16).
    1. God is the root, and we are the branches. He is the first fruit, and we are the lump. We are holy because of Him.
    2. Who we are is not determined by what we do. It is determined by Who lives in us.
  4. Our relationship with God now is not like it was under the Old Covenant.
    1. In the Old Testament, God’s holiness was too much for the people, and few could approach Him. When Uzzah touched the Ark of the Covenant, Uzzah fell down dead (2 Samuel 6:7). Now, God is living in us, and we are still alive because Jesus’ blood cleansed us.
C. Since Christ made us holy, we cannot take the glory for our sanctification.
  1. And they glorified God in me (Galatians 1:24).
    1. No one should glorify us on our own merits. We should not get the glory or the credit. We have an opportunity to carry God’s glory, and then dispense it.
  2. Awesome things will happen when we give Him the glory.
    1. God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the knowledge of His glory in the face of Jesus Christ. We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of power may be of God and not of us (2 Corinthians 4:6, 7).
    2. Arise and shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen on you. The darkness will cover the earth and the people, but the Lord will arise, and his glory will be seen on you. And the Gentiles will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising (Isaiah 60:1-3).
    3. God is able to use anyone He wants to, and He can send them where they are needed to fulfill His plan, for His glory (Acts 8:26-40).
  3. When we get born again, we are made righteous and holy in an instant. The eventual physical manifestation of Christ being formed in us, the part that others can physically see, is a lifelong process.
    1. God makes known among the Gentiles the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
    2. My little children, of whom I work in birth again until Christ is formed in you (Galatians 4:19).
  4. Christ being formed in us is the work of God. He is the One Who causes us to want to do His will.
    1. It is God who works in you, for you to be willing to do things pleasing to him (Philippians 2:13).
D. God will continue to make us more and more like Him. He makes us whole.
  1. The very God of peace will sanctify you wholly, and I pray to God that your entire spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless until the coming of Christ. Faithful is he who calls you, who also will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24).
    1. Even if we do not yet see what we want to see, God is still working in us. He is committed to making our entire being whole and complete, lacking nothing.
  2. We may not like where we are now, but we will not always be in our present situation. God can change us, and He makes us perfect.
    1. Both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all one (Hebrews 2:11).
    2. The God of peace makes you perfect in every good work to do his will. He works in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ (Hebrews13:20, 21).
    3. Unto him who is able to keep you from falling, and present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power (Jude 1:24, 25).
  3. We are bound to always give thanks to God for you, because God has from the beginning chosen you for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:13).
    1. God chose us even before we were formed into a fetus. We were always His plan.
    2. The truth this Scripture refers to is the Gospel of Grace.
    3. When God is working on us and in us, we should not let the devil in the house by choosing a life of sin. The enemy’s job is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).
    4. It is not in our best interest to keep sinning simply because we know we are under grace (Romans 6:1, 2).

Scripture References

1 Corinthians 1:30, 31

Isaiah 60:1-3

Philippians 1:1

Acts 8:26-40

Philemon 1:5

Galatians 4:19

Colossians 1:2, 27

Ephesians 1:4, 13

Hebrews 10:10

John 14:16

Colossians 3:12

Romans 11:16

2 Samuel 6:7

Galatians 1:24

2 Corinthians 4:6, 7                    

 

Philippians 2:13  

1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24

Hebrews 2:11

Hebrews 13:20, 21

Jude 1:24, 25

2 Thessalonians 2:13

John 10:10

Romans 6:1, 2

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