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This outline study is offered to help clarify and personalize the work of the Spirit of God in our lives. It is intended to provide an initial listing of scriptures that will help define the mysterious work of the Spirit of God at work in our life. It is not exhaustive but selective. At point of conversion, when we are born again we are placed in the body of Christ. We are seen as holy because of what Christ has done. We have trusted Him for taking care of our sin debt. The price for sin is paid and we are positionally sanctified. The Spirit seals us.
Having been placed in Christ, we immediately begin the discovery of who Christ is and what He has accomplished for us and what we may be in Him. (1 Peter 1:16 – “Be holy, because I am holy.”) Until we come to him there is no possibility of this discovery. (1 Cor 2:14 – The man without the Spirit does not accept the things…of the Spirit.) We also recognize that within us there is no possibility of becoming like him. (Rom 7:21-24 – another law). There must be the realization that only when we abandon our will to His will is it possible to know the controlling work of the Holy Spirit manifesting the fullness of Christ’s life within. No longer being slaves to sin and self but becoming slaves of the Spirit of Christ.
Dying to self and living in Christ. Denying self and abiding in Christ. Sanctification isn’t only a legal declaration of a position, but it is to be a part of our experience as a decision and an ongoing relationship. It is both a crisis and a process, a decision and a development, a turning point and a new direction; it is a continual experience marked by an altar and a road.
It is a crisis, a willful event, a decision. It may be emotional or rational, behavioral or aesthetic; but it is a turning point, a moment of exchange, a definite and thorough surrender, an altar.
It is a process, a working out, a developmental and progressive relationship in the unfolding road of my life. The initial realization of His sufficiency and my insufficiency is an altar experience the force of which presses us towards a daily revisitation of that exchange so the ongoing relationship is one of surrender, abiding, confiding, resting, staying, depending on HIM to accomplish His will in my life.
This new relationship will be finally realized or completed in heaven. We will then be declared just people, made righteous or perfect in him. Perfection understood in the context of sanctification during our earthly walk is that of “becoming.” It isn’t that we have arrived but are anticipating an entrance into eternity, when seeing Him we shall be like Him because of what He has accomplished.
We counsel only those who are answering the call to “be holy” realizing that they haven’t got what it takes to be holy. When someone responds to the call to be holy and truly seeks, they shall find. The answer will come when the question is fully asked, “How can I be rescued from this mess” (Rom 7:24). The answer comes from a sovereign God who will provide when He provides. Our part is to seek Him and thank Him for the promised indwelling.