A Series on What is Sanctification
One of the benefits of the New Covenant is the placement of the Law within the Believer by writing it on his
heart (Jer 31:33;
But what is this Law and what does it mean "writing it on his heart"?
The Law is in reference to the Law of Moses. Many scholars understand "writing it on the
heart" as a figure of speech symbolic of the internal nature of the covenant (in contrast to the stone tablets
of the Law)
that would cause a change in the will, heart and conscious of the Believer.
This provision of the New Covenant provides access to spiritual wisdom that was never before
available to a non-Believer (1 Cor 2:7-9).
And while the Jews’ practice of the Mosaic Law failed in its demand for holiness, Jesus
reveals the true intent and practice behind the legislation
In broadening the concept of sin, holiness approach heights of impossibility and God defies comprehension.
Against this background, the assurance of the forgiveness of sins provided by the New Covenant displays a love
beyond human understanding and provides a basis for a Believer’s motive to be obedient to God.
Thus before a Believer makes any effort of sanctification, the New Covenant has accomplished what God
intended by blessing the Believer with access to spiritual wisdom and motivation to be a holy people; an
unconditional covenant that a Believer cannot break
This enables the Believer to sanctify himself, separate himself from the profane, and devote and dedicate
himself to God in the following manner:
1. Sanctify his mind. With the help of the Holy Spirit in learning the truth about
Jesus and understanding the Bible, one reappraises the facts of life and worldview perspective
2 Cor 10:4-5;
2. Sanctify his will. With the spiritual union of the Trinity, one’s purpose in life is
altered (Philip 2:12-13;
2 Cor 7:1).
3. Sanctify his character. In cooperating with the Holy Spirit, one produces the fruit
of the Spirit (Gal 5:22;
1 John 2:29;
4. Sanctify his body. In recognition of sanctification through the forgiveness of sin
and the consecration by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, one learns about the sanctity of his human body
(1 Cor 3:16;
When one is diligent in the process of sanctification, it eliminates a Believer’s vulnerability to the
desires of his sinful nature (Gal 5:16-18), which Paul calls
"liberty" and the Fruit of Spirit is the natural result (Gal 5:21-23).
Along the way, God may employ discipline or trials in the process
(Heb 12:4-15). When a Believer fails in their personal
responsibility of sanctification, sin prevents fellowship with God and destroys fellowship with other Believers.
But one can recover and resume the process of sanctification with repentance
(1 John 1:9;
While sanctification benefits the Believer with joy and peace
it serves in the work of God by initiating the recovery of the image of God
(Eph 4:24), testifies to the love of God
(John 13:34-35) and testifies to the reality of Jesus Christ
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