1999-07-20 - S5: Sanctification
The Holy Alphabet Series
"Sanctification is the work of God's free Grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness, 2 Thess. 2:13, Eph 4:23,24, Rom. 6:4-6.' -- Robert Port
I would like to look at sanctification from two various ways:
The thought that God would save those who He could not make holy or who themselves would return His love with careless and profane lifestyles is absurd. We are saved to holiness and while it is not an easy task to be holy, the difficulty of the call upon us is no excuse for our failure to live as our faith demands.
I am sure you have read the popular Footprints. The following from Simpson, is kind of a sanctification footprints that emphasizes both the work of God and the efforts of man in our sanctification. "I have fancied myself sitting in a carriage drawn by wild, furious horses; myself holding the reins. The steeds are young and full of mettle; and, taking the bits in their teeth, they bear me on, and I have no power to control them. But just as I am in my extremity, and about to be run away with, I feel a sensation as though a strong man had come into the chariot behind me, and, encircling me in his strong arms, had stretched out his hands, and taken the lines, and was controlling my impetuous steeds. He does not take the fire out of them, but guides them, and makes them go; and I am safe, though flying like the wind, while this might charioteer is with me."
Soli Deo Gloria,
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