—— Titus 3:5 ——
Not by works of righteousness which we have done,
but according to his mercy he saved us,
by the washing of regeneration,
and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
When we are saved by grace through faith, we are given the gift of salvation (regeneration).
We are also offered the gift of renewing by baptism of the Holy Ghost.
—— I Peter 1: 2 ——
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,
through sanctification of the Spirit,
unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.
—— II Thessalonians 2:13 ——
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you,
brethren beloved of the Lord,
because God hath from the beginning chosen you
to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit
and belief of the truth:
These two passages explain that God has chosen His elect (or His church) through sanctification.
This comes through the pouring out of His Spirit, transforming our lives. He cleanses us from our sin, our sinful nature dies (we die to sin), and our heart and spirit is renewed to a life of holiness, purity, and seeking to please God.
Our obedience to Him (not disobedience through sin) are the fruits of His grace that empowers us to listen, follow, and obey His word and remain under the covenantal sprinkling of Jesus’ blood until our final salvation comes.
—— 1 John 1:7 ——
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.
This passage indicates: That if we abandon our sinful nature and wholly submit our entirety to His will by selflessly obeying the greatest of all the commandments:
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,
and with all thy strength:
this is the first commandment.
And the second is like, namely this,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”
—— Mark 12:30-31 ——
He will cleanse us from the power of sin, the pollution of sin, the remains of sin, and the disposition to sin (our fleshly or sinful nature).
He will instantaneously change our sinful and dark heart with a pure heart by His in dwelling and shedding of love abroad us, teaching us to grow in His holiness and truth.
Thus, we have died to sin and the sinful nature and sin’s power over us has ended. Our spiritual nature has been changed.
This is the power of God’s Holy Spirit, by His grace, through our faith in the truth of His word, living in us.
Below in an excerpt from my studies that further explains this understanding of God’s work in us:
“Sanctification goes even deeper than contradiction of wrong habit or evil conduct. It strikes not only at our customs and our ideals, but it goes to the seat of wrong affections.
It demands death to every wrong affection and to every wrong inner feeling and calls for the absorption of the will in the divine will. This is a glorious demand, but a costly one and, therefore, it is unpopular.
Sanctification calls for the death not only of sinful acts, but sinful desires, sinful appetites and sinful affections. It goes to the center of the human character to destroy the works of the devil.
Here is the great battleground of human hearts and human lives.
General Superintendent R. T. WIlliams , Sanctification , pp. 30, 31.
Something mysteriously strange and wonderfully indescribable has been happening to me.
Recently while traveling to visit on of my dear sister’s and her family, my family got into an auto accident and totaled our car in Nitro, West Virginia.
We were 2,300 miles from home and in need of God’s assistance desperately. While visiting my sister’s, we bought a replacement car and drove home.
A few days after arriving back home, I suffered from severe abdominal pain that required emergency surgery due to acute onset of appendicitis.
On the way to the ER, our newly purchased car partially fell apart on the way to the emergency room (due to rust).
Normally, at this point, I would not think things were going very well.
Alas, these last few weeks have been some of the greatest days of my life!
God is moving and teaching me in ways I never could have imagined.
That wheel should have come off while driving 80 mph winding through the Rocky Mountains passing and swerving in and around semi trucks.
Alas, God has a plan and the grace to carry it out even in our infirmities!
The opportunity to practice sin has been common place in my life the last 20 years as a professing (and carnal) Christian. And believe me, I practiced.
Some time before going on vacation and these subsequent trials, I had been praying to God. I was tired of sinning, the darkness that encompassed me, and the compromise that resulted from my Christian antinomian belief system of eternal security, denial of sanctification, and personal holiness.
For a few weeks I persisted in pleading to God for victory over sin, and submitted my desires and will to Him.
Then, over the course of this time, He changed something in my spirit. He brought these practices and opportunities of sin gracefully to an end. It is like there is a heavenly veil covering my soul.
There also exists a strong aversion to all things evil. God has changed my heart!
The once stony and sinful flesh is now filled with joy, peace, patience, and purity.
These last few weeks have been dramatically trying times: The fatigue I’ve experienced in travel, trauma from our car crash (no one got hurt), the strange circumstances we found ourselves, new temptations along the journey, and unforeseen challenges, have allowed God’s grace to pour over my heart and soul and draw me closer to Him.
Patience is becoming my friend, caution and avoidance of temptation my new awareness, thanksgiving and pleading my perpetual cry to God.
It is amazing the ways God can change us when we give up those things we love most and truly die to them.
For many of us this may mean, questioning our theology, our behavior, and abandoning any beliefs that do not square with the whole of God’s Holy word.
Complete sacrifice and submission to God does bring tears and heartbreak. Yet, when all is done, our Lord showers us with joy, companionship, and unspeakable riches.
The Lord has truly given me a new song that I find comes out when I bring supplications, requests, and thanksgivings to God.
I want more than anything to keep His spirit near me until the end.
Below are some verses on new songs others experience(d) in scripture. I find a finial kinship with the expressions found in them and pray you do too.
Stop and ask God to bless your spirit as you read them.
“And he hath put a new song in my mouth,
even praise unto our God:
many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”
“O sing unto the LORD a new song;
for he hath done marvellous things:
his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
The LORD hath made known his salvation:
his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.”
“It is he that giveth salvation unto kings:
who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.
Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children,
whose mouth speaketh vanity,
and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth;
that our daughters may be as corner stones,
polished after the similitude of a palace:”
“And they sung a new song, saying,
Thou art worthy to take the book,
and to open the seals thereof:
for thou wast slain,
and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood
out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation”
“And they sung as it were a new song before the throne,
and before the four beasts, and the elders:
and no man could learn that song
but the hundred and forty and four thousand,
which were redeemed from the earth.
These are they which were not defiled with women;
for they are virgins.
These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.
These were redeemed from among men,
being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
And in their mouth was found no guile:
for they are without fault before the throne of God.”
Let us strive to be found without fault in the eyes of our Lord when He chooses to take us into eternity.
Brothers and sisters; yearn for righteousness, strive for holiness, live for complete submission to the will of our Holy and Righteous God.
He wants nothing less. He longs to fill us with His purity, His righteousness, and love.
Give Him your heart