Spirit sanctify us!
God is Trinity Father, Son, Spirit, so he also made man as a trinity.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
“God of peace himself sanctify you completely in spirit, soul and body”
When talking about our sanctification, we must remember that the whole purpose for which Jesus came to earth, was to make us holy as God is holy. He did not come to make us rich, or heal us. He had no intention to give us large families, comfort or pleasure, but he came to make us holy.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
“God of peace himself sanctify you completely.”
Whenever you hear the words “holiness” or “holy” in the New Testament, it always means “to be separated from something.”
Sanctification is separation from sin, separation from the spirit world, the separation of the spirit of the devil etc. Who will do this? The Bible says that God has done this. In the Old Testament, God made only external changes, external differences to people! From Genesis to Malachi in the Old Testament nowhere do we read that God made something inside someone. It is one of the big differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament. External things he did for them, like the Red Sea splitting, tearing down the walls of Jericho, healing the sick, raising the dead. All these are all external things. Looking then at all the miracles that God has done for His people in the Old Testament, all are exterior. And the promise made to Abraham is the same: “I’ll give you land and your children, your descendants will be forever on this earth!” God kept His promise. But they relate to the world and external things.
Then Jesus came outside and all those miracles, healing the sick, filling boats with fish. All miracles have served as examples. The apostle John recognises this, and therefore, the Gospel, called these miracles “signs“. Changing water into wine, for example, is a picture of that, God cast out and replaced human nature with divine nature, which will allow us to serve others and be a blessing to those around us. And every prodigy was like.
New Covenant begins with Pentecost Jesus paved the way for his preaching “Sermon on the Mount” and says: “except your righteousness shall be less than the righteousness of the Pharisees.” This is not quantity, it does not mean that if they fasted twice a week we should fast four times or whether they were praying three times a day we pray five times. This means the amount, and the amount does not make you spiritual. If you have something carnal, natural and multiply it tenfold, it will be all natural. If you have a bag of rotten apples and you have ten bags they are all rotten. It’s about quality. Your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the Pharisees. In other words, it is on the outside and on the inside it must be made.
“if they are afraid of crime, I will beware of anger if they shun adultery, I will beware of the lust of the eyes if they are reluctant to tell lies when you swear on the Bible, I Always beware of lies “.
No need to swear or give a statement in court, to tell the truth; you must always speak the truth. They pray like seeing other people but you must pray without how you want others to see you. See how on the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus expressed himself. For people of the Old Testament Law, the Ten Commandments were the most important. If you had asked any Hebrew in Old Testament “- What is the biggest thing for you?”, He replied: “- the law and the Ten Commandments.” If someone were to ask you, as a Christian what’s the most important to you? What’s the most important passage in the Bible? “The answer should be” Sermon on the Mount.” For Hebrew, the Ten Commandments.
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
All the work the Devil did there are very few Christians who cherish the Sermon on the Mount. But all Jews cherish the Ten Commandments! They were taught from childhood to appreciate the Ten Commandments. Christians are taught from childhood they can, read the Bible, to go to church, all are good: prayer, testimony, but all are exterior. I’m not saying they are bad, but remember that Jesus said to the Pharisees “- The problem with you people is that you clean the outside of the vessel,” and whoever spends his life by cleaning the outside of the vessel will certainly end up as a Pharisee. If you spend your life trying to look good on the outside and making all the external things that Christians should do, you will likely at the end of life be a very good Pharisee.
How to see the difference?(which almost is never preached anywhere!)
In the Old Testament it was outside and now it’s inside. Then the offerings were outside everyone to see, today you can not sacrifice the inside, where no one can see it. Where the Jews guilty without those sacrifices?
As guilty as Christians who do not sacrifice the interior! And why we do not become spiritual is because I did not understand this difference! New Covenant is inside, intern! You say “- not a foreign problem?” Yes, certainly! But starting from the inside!
Jesus said that in the Old Covenant, The Holy Spirit was upon people, but the New Covenant it indwells inside them. The interior rivers flow. In the Old Covenant rivers run if pouring outside, but now will flow from the innermost being.
David, in Psalm 51: 6 when he confessed his sin said:
“Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part, You will make me know wisdom.”
He did not have it and recognised it. All he could do was to say,
“Well, not to commit adultery unfortunately I did, I’m sorry, I had to do!”
David was a man after God’s heart. He knew that if he did commit adultery with any other woman for the rest of his life, he will not be able to please God.
Many Christians are very happy when they think so, God is satisfied because I do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not kill, go to Bible study, read the Bible. They make a list of ten things foreign they have done and believed It thanks, God. Meaning that they do not even have a light like David had 3,000 years ago, as God is not pleased with only external things.
I want to ask you, does being a Christian hide your intern and match the external impression you give people the idea you want to be holy? We give people the impression we are holy, attending meetings, we bring the Bible, we are careful when we come to church, preaches are holy? Oh yes, our reputation is growing in holiness! But it could not be true within us! It could not be true in our thoughts, in our words, when we speak at home or with family members. It might not be true in the way we wielded money, in the way we work in the office, or behave on a bus or train. These are areas of life that no one sees and are much more important than income in church meetings. Even Bible reading! It is more important to listen to what you say than to read the Bible! No point in reading it every day if only occasionally wrought!
So who can sanctify inside me? It says that God will.! But he will not do anything unless you leave! But He will say: “Let me!” It’s like you go to a surgeon and the surgeon says, “Can I remove cancer completely but you must let me cut you in open surgery! “And you say:” No, it’s too painful! or I trust you! “Then die with your cancer! That’s all! And the doctor wants to do it willingly. God says: “I can do it but you have to leave me!” You have to say “Lord, come into this field of my life and remove cancer, as it’s attached. I say you can not be saints alone, Learn this lesson. In the Old Testament 1,500 years ago they sought to sanctify themselves and they failed. Would you spend trying other 20-30 years for me to prove that to you? If they tried 1,500 years ago and have failed, I tried it a few years and I could not imagine that I can make myself holy because I can! I can only open the door to let God come to sanctify me “God, cut out things in my life that actually ruin me!”
Some time ago I told a parable. C. S. Lewis wrote in one of his books, about a man who wanted to be holy but had a chameleon, a lizard that was standing on his shoulder. Its image is everything that is sin and sinful desires that control life. It can be anger, bitterness, illicit sex, can be anything for this chameleon that lives there. He was a good friend of man. An angel came and stood before the man and said “Get rid of him! Let me take it off you.” The Chameleon whispered in his ear and said: ” No, no, no, please, I’ll behave in the future! I love being with you, we are childhood friends. Why would you get rid of me now? “The man was in a fight! You know your struggle when you are tempted? You want to do what’s right but there is something inside of you that says “I want to feel good.” Even if you know its bad, you like it, keep this dirty animal and while I hear a voice that tells me “I have to get rid of him.” This was the fight that he faced and then told the angel: “Just remove him without asking me?” He said “No, I can not do this, you must understand that I can not do something without your permission “This would mean violating your free will!
You know why we are not holier than we are now? Because in some areas, we did not give God permission to come and take control.
And while this battle was with the man and the chameleon, the angel patiently waited and finally, the man decided: “- Yes, I’ve decided! I’ll be rid of these sins. ” He could not do it alone so he closed his eyes and told the angel to take it off him. The chameleon was hanging on claws sunk into his shoulder and while the Angel pulled the chameleon off flesh was torn. I say it’s painful to give up a pity that you have enjoyed for so many years which was deeply rooted in! The Angel removed the Chameleon and the man began to cry out and ingested. He threw the chameleon down to earth and it turned into a white horse strong and said: “You no longer have to walk, you can ride to go faster. “
It is a parable true! Things that appear and gives us so much pleasure that your soul can not give up, can be malice against anyone, it can be a dirty habit and your conscience tells you ” it’s wrong, bad, do not do this “but you never hear his voice and listen, I say chameleon” – No, no, no, I control myself! “
I hope someday you want to do this and be made a man: close your eyes, cry and say “- Lord, please take it! I’ll let you come to take this off me!” Yes this can cause you suffering it’s a pain in the body that speaks
1 Peter 4:1
“He who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin!”
If you do not suffer in the flesh, It will not end sin. It’s impossible. We are therefore reluctant because of suffering. The opposite is the pleasure of suffering. I want pleasure, avoid pain, so that they remain in sin. But if you decide “- God is willing to suffer” after a while, those wounds that the chameleon has made shall be healed. Pass some time and then he will not even remember you. Ask the people who have given up bad habits they have had many years, ask if you feel the fight today. And the answer would be: “- Not at all! I struggled at first but now it’s passed. I’m so happy, I’m so free! That burden I kept so long prevented me from going faster on the path of faith. “Because that is what God has turned into a horse. You know that every sinful desire that you overcame speeded up the Christian life? It is true!
God is the one who sanctified and writes that he wants to sanctify us fully.
1 Thessalonians 1:23 full means completely, every part of our being and then tells us what this is entirely.
spirit, soul and body are preserved blameless unto the coming of Jesus Christ.
In our past, we have done many wrong things that have brought guilt to our spirit, soul and body. But God wants to work in us now so our entire body is blameless.
Jesus asked a question of the man who was lying for 38 years at the Pool of Bethesda. It is a very funny. You know what he asked? Read John 5: “Wilt thou is made whole?” Imagine a man who was paralysed 38 years! the question also had a point, Because if he was healthy he could not beg! Many people make a lot of money on their infirmity, leprosy. If you are healed you will not make much money! Of course, spiritual fair, but the Lord asks. Maybe you are enslaved in the same way that man was from Bethesda for 38 years. The Lord asks you “Do you really want to get well?” If you are not interested, and if you say ” no God I am kind of used to this way of life.” He will say: “Okay!” And will go on. Therefore it happens so often that the Lord says: “- Well, stay as you are!” But you could climb for many years. He wants to sanctify you completely. I love this verse 1 Thessalonians 1:23. He wants to separate us from everything bad in spirit, soul and body.
This is a byproduct, not a primary outcome. As a byproduct will be a healthy body. Having a healthy body is not the main purpose of Christianity. This is a secondary purpose.
1 Thessalonians 5:24
“He who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” Again, the emphasis is on He will do!
Let us look at two essential differences between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant:
The first difference: the Old Covenant was entirely outside, The New Covenant is primarily interior, interior cleaning of the vessel’s lead to cleaning outside. Even if you dress in a holy way, if the inside does not change. You must dress decently when you come to church, even without a changed heart. I will change my heart when I realise that dressing indecently is not fit for a daughter of God. People have children at home and must force them to do something they are under the law, I do not know what’s good for them, but hopefully those girls will grow up and recognise that a daughter of God dresses decently. Some never realise what needs to be done and we will not be able to change them. But we must focus on the interior. If the inside is flawless, the flawless exterior is worthless. This is the first difference.
A second difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant is that you must not do anything related to your change alone. God says to you I will sanctify To exemplify. Hebrews 8. 8 is the Hebrew equivalent of the New Testament to the Old Testament Exodus 20. Those who have heard me speak know it. Exodus 20 contains the 10 commandments. In Hebrews 8 are three differences of the New Covenant. There are commandments that are three features of the new covenant. In The Old Testament, there is the 10 commandments and each of them is based on to do or do not. “you must do this or you must not do this!” All 10 were like this. You shall not commit adultery, Let your parents honour, You shall not kill, Honor the Lord’s Day, You shall not take the Lord’s name in vain, etc. In The New Covenant, there are differences. Notice, in Hebrew 8: 7, it says that the Old Covenant was flawless, so it took a second covenant. New Covenant described in verses 10-12: “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts; I will be their God and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach each his neighbour or his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD: “For all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest of them. Because you will forgive their iniquity, and I will not remember their sins and their iniquities “Notice it says “I will make… I will write… I will be! “And verse 11 says no “would not be” but “do not have (” they shall not teach “, i.e. no longer need to learn)!”
Notice the difference between I should and must not?
So in these verses, I hope you notice the differences in each of them. The Lord says, I’ll do it! And you automatically will do what he wants you to do!
I want to tell you why the word faith is repeated often in the New Testament. Faith means depend on God to do it for me. Or you could say: “God is more anxious than me to do what must be done.”
Let me show you a verse from the Old Testament: Ezekiel 36; here is talking about the New Covenant. It did not happen in the days of Ezekiel. Ezekiel prophesied 500 years before the day of Pentecost saying: “I come in days when it will happen to God’s people!” We live in those days! We should be excited! To use another illustration of the Old Covenant and the New Covenant it’s like a prisoner who has been so long in prison jailed for 15 years. 15 years have passed, and now he has a week until he is free. That’s the difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. The Old Covenant was a prison. Because if you steal, kill people, commit adultery, you are put in jail. It’s the law. Of course, you can not do that. But when you are released and yet you do all these things, from the New Covenant, prophecy of Ezekiel 23 tells us: “Folks, you will be free from the law, the law is like a prison, you will be released from there and do not come under grace, this will make things worse than unbelievers. But if you come under grace, your standards are high, even if you are in prison!” Ezekiel 36: 25-29” I will sprinkle clean water and ye shall be clean; I cleanse you from all filthiness… “Notice this is so different from the Old Testament. Nowhere in the Old Testament does it speak of cleaning the interior which is promised in the New Testament. And he says: “I’ll do it!”
It is something similar to what God tells the Israelites from Egypt. I will liberate the land of Egypt! They could not do it. But it was something external. As God said: “I will go to Canaan” and 600,000 people have not entered Canaan because they did not believe what God told them: “- I can do it!” And then He said, ” not sure you can!” (though two people believed and entered!); as it happens today! God says: “- I will do it for you!” For example, the Lord says to you “- I will release you from the power of Satan out of Egypt and forgive your sins. And you say: ” Lord, I believe!” And you are forgiven. Then He says, “I’ll take you to Canaan, you’ll enter having a victorious life!” And you say: “I do not think this way!” then you will not gain his blessing! This happened to Israelites in the Old Testament. They had wayward thoughts and did not believe one another receiving no benefits. So when the Lord says: “I will do” please remember that this will not happen automatically. You must grasp the promise by faith! It is as if someone gives you a check; It could be a check for $ 100,000, but you keep it inside the Bible and look at it every day; gonna be rich! You have to go to the bank to cash it in.
The promises of Scripture are the same. There are a lot of checks settled here (in the Bible) that we admire. You have to go and say:
God, this is for me! You said you would. Do it! You said you will not remember my sins. I believe! God also said in the same passage of Hebrew 8 that you write the law in my heart and mind. Give me a desire to do your will and give me the ability to do your will in every area of my life! “
Here it says in Ezekiel 36:26: “I will give you a new heart“! I put within you a new spirit!” This means that it will change my polluted spirit and then remove my heart of stone” I will keyword.
Then on top of each other afterwards “- I will put my Spirit within you” this never happened until the day of Pentecost. Until then, the Spirit of God was upon people but never in their minds. Therefore, Samson had tremendous power but he had no power over currency “appetite” within it. If the Holy Spirit dwelled, he could shred all lions.
The answer is the Holy Spirit. Remember this: The word was great in the Old Testament “law” and The word was great in the New Testament The “Holy Spirit”. If you honour the Holy Spirit and cherish him. if you’re looking to be baptised with The Holy Spirit and completely filled with his power; If we walk and live in the Spirit, then you’ve got the answer! The whole secret of the apostles of living and their ministry was Spirit. I’m afraid I heard so much about the Holy Spirit, yet I did not cherish it enough and this is why our lives can be so superficial. God did not intend for any of us to live without The Holy Spirit. But can we do it?
Electricity is available but you will not be able to use it unless you have a home and a lamp. It is your choice! Likewise, the Holy Spirit is available but may do not want it. You know that I accepted Christ, and my sins were forgiven, but I accepted it substandard, a defeated life when God wants us to be victorious! Ezekiel 36:27 “I will put my Spirit in you.” And now, hear a wonderful phrase, I wonder if there is a sentence like this throughout the Bible: – What happens when the Holy Spirit is placed in you? ” It Causes you to walk in My statutes, and automatically you’ll be able to keep me and fulfil the law. You will be my people and I will be your God. I will deliver you from all your uncleanness (v29)… wheat… and I will multiply the fruit trees! “(V30) And what will you do? (v31) “We will remember your evil ways…. you will loathe yourselves in your sins and abominations!” is the sign of a man with a heart full of God groaning inside him. Paul says: “O wretched man….” Isaiah says: “- Because I am a man of unclean lips!”
Now after you’ve listened to all these wonderful promises, here’s another one (v37) “I will be inquired of by the house of Israel (which is the church today) I expect my men to ask me to do it for them. If you do not ask, then you do not receive.” Did you know this? You know there are thousands of things that God has for us, we don’t have them because we have not asked. Look at what Jesus says in Luke 11:13 Your heavenly Father knows all your needs but still expects you to ask for them.
This is a law. In Luke 7:9, Jesus says, “Ask and you shall receive!” But if you ask, who is going to give it to you? Luke 7:10 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks it will be opened. This is a principle in a Christians life. God says: “Look, here to me, but you have to ask.
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