You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
10 By [en] the which [hos] will [thelema] we are [esmen] sanctified [hagiazo] through [dia] the offering [prosphora] of the body [soma] of Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos] once [ephapax] for all. KJV-Interlinear
10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. NASB
When each person believed in Christ, in that instant, the believer received several dozen new blessings. You might want to review those blessings in the study by that same title, 'Blessings,' on the web site in the special studies links.
One of those special blessings was and is sanctification. What is that? Sanctify means to set apart for sacred use, to consecrate, to make holy, to purify. When Jesus Christ went to the Cross one of the many things that He accomplished for us was to make us pure.
In our present state we are all unholy, as it were. Holiness is a combination of righteousness and justice. Righteousness means pure and unspoiled. Justice is the cleansing process for washing away the filth. So when justice is applied to an unholy thing, a dirty thing, then it becomes washed or made clean. Righteousness is the state of cleanness. The two brought together create holiness.
Only God can make things holy. No human being can make anything or anyone holy. There is no such thing as holy water, or holy food, and such things. That is all nonsense which some religions or philosophies use in order to impress their followers. Followers who, by the way, are ignorant of the truth.
You were sanctified when you believed in Christ. This is a positional sanctification. That simply means that God has given you credit for your sanctification.
On this earth you function still in this world. You still have a sin nature and you commit sins. This is your practical position in Christ. We call this being either in fellowship (no sin associated with your life) or out of fellowship (sin is associated with your life. You correct this condition by confessing your sins to the Father. All prayer is directed toward the Father, in Christ's name. Review the study of fellowship in 1, 2, 3 Jn.
The reality of your sanctification will not become complete until you leave this life, go to heaven, receive your resurrection body, and complete your cleansing evaluation at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Then and only then will you be perfect and you'll be perfect forever.
God has set you apart (from sin) in order to be set apart for Himself. God can have no relationship with sin or corruption. So Christ went to the Cross to correct this deficiency so that we could have a relationship with God. God is holy, therefore we must become holy in order to have a relationship with Him.
44 'For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am holy. NASB
1 Thess. 4:3
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; NASB
1 Thess. 4:7-8
7 For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. 8 Consequently, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you. NASB
1 Peter 1:16
16 because it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy.' NASB
10 and in Him you have been made complete NASB
When we believed in Christ we were born again. We are in Christ and that is permanent. You cannot reverse your birth process. Being sanctified is also a permanent situation. We can never lose our sanctification. No one can alter our sanctification. Our sanctification does not depend on anything in this world, nor can if be affected by anything in this world because it is not of this world. Sanctification is recorded in heaven and there the history books, the books of evidence are accurate, complete, and correct.
Mans pretense and imagination, even his flaws cannot change the reality or the interpretation of history and records which are maintained in heaven.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.