Friday, May 25, 2007

God's Will is that You Be Sanctified

We are in a current study of the will of God. In our last time together, I shared that God’s will is not only that you be saved but that you be Spirit-filled. Today, I want to address a third area of the will of God.

God’s will is that you be sanctified. This means you were called to be holy. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” God called us to be “holy and without blame before Him.” In the words of verse 10 we are “His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” In both of those verses it talks about our sanctification. Holiness is not an option for the believer. It is our calling. Romans 6:22 says that since we have been “set free from sin, and [have] become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.” 1 Thessalonians 4:7 says that “God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.” Since this is the case, holiness then is to be a daily pursuit. We are to “present [our] bodies” as “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God” and “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [our] mind, that [we] may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom.12:1-2). If you are not being holy you cannot know what God’s will is. Colossians 3:5 says that we are to “put to death [our] members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Peter said in 1 Peter 1:14-15, “as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” When you are doing that then you are obeying the will of God to be holy.

Salvation, being Spirit-filled, and sanctification is God’s will for the believer. We will explore a fourth area in God’s will in our next blog.

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