May 19, 2018
1 Thessalonians 5:23… Now, may the God of peace Himself, sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are expected to be entirely blameless when we meet with Jesus again.
I have considered trying to keep my body blameless, but my soul and Spirit are on their own. But I have been incorrect. Sanctification is a complete work. And it is done by God, not me. The moment we are saved, we are made alive in Him; but, we are not sanctified. That is a process by which we are changed from a child of the Devil, who does his bidding, to a child of God who does His. One word which describes that change is ‘transformation’. It is greater than a decision. It goes beyond repentance. Both “decision” and “repentance” factor into the process of transformation; but the whole process is greater than either. And the end result of transformation is sanctification. When we are sanctified, we will listen to the Holy Spirit before we will listen to our flesh. Our flesh cries out for comfort and pleasure. I suspect it may cry for more than those but, those are the things I have noticed. If your flesh is addicted to, in love with, alcohol, the attack will come through the brain. Something in your makeup wants alcohol. Your brain activates your body by sending messages to your legs and, eventually, your hands to put alcohol in your body. When we are sanctified, those impulses may still be present, but the voice of God is more compelling and we respond to him instead of our flesh. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if He took away all negative urges? That is not, typically, how God does it. He overcomes that urge but doesn’t eliminate it. And that is part of the transformation process… we learn that the power of God in us is ready and willing to lead us in the right direction but, sometimes that direction is in the valley of the shadow of death. (Psalms 23) Sanctification does not mean “No more temptation”. It means, “I am no longer a slave to temptation.” Sanctification is for life on earth… and life on earth will include temptations. As it says in today’s verse, we are sanctified by God. We are not sanctified wholly by avoiding evil deeds. We must be sanctified in our minds from which come the signals to our body members. To be sanctified, sin must stop at its inception.