Sanctification, or Positional Truth, is entrance into union with Christ
in Heaven (Col 1:13).
2. Positional Sanctification
occurs through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit whereby the Holy Spirit enters
the believer into union with Christ (Rom 15:16; 1 Cor 6:11; 12:13; Titus
3:5; Heb 10:22; 1 Pet 3:21).
Positional Sanctification is a Spiritual union that begins at Salvation
and lasts forever.
Positional Sanctification is unconditional, depends on the power of God,
and cannot be lost (Jn 10:28).
No matter what sin a person commits after Salvation, his status of Positional
Sanctification remains and he will be saved forever.
Nothing that man can do can nullify the work of God in Salvation (1 Pet
Positional Sanctification is an irrevocable absolute. It is guaranteed
by the Immutability and Omnipotence of God (Jn 1:29).
Positional Sanctification is the basis for eternal security (Rom. 8:1,
3. Positional Sanctification
of the Thessalonians.
a. Paul is
obliged to give thanks for the Thessalonian Christians because God had
chosen them first-fruits for Salvation. They were elected based on
the foreknowledge of God. "First-fruits" is the word in the best
manuscripts. It is used by Paul to refer to the first believers in
an area (Rom 16:5, 1 Cor 16:15).
received Salvation "by the sanctification of the Spirit." This means
Positional Sanctification by means of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
were saved "by belief of the truth (Gospel)." They heard the
Gospel and believed in Jesus Christ.
4. Positional Sanctification
by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
But we are always obliged to give
thanks to God for you, brethren, beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen
you the first-fruits for Salvation by the sanctification of the Spirit
(Baptism of HS) and by belief of the truth (Gospel).
message about Positional Sanctification is almost identical to Paul's (2
ones" comes from the previous verse. These are the elect "according
to the foreknowledge of God."
were saved "by the sanctification of the Spirit." These are the same
words as 2 Thessalonians 2:13 for Positional Sanctification by the Baptism
of the Holy Spirit at Salvation.
to obedience" of the Gospel – they were saved by obeying the Gospel message.
sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ" – refers to purification from
sins at Salvation by the Redemption solution, resulting in forgiveness.
wish for them is "Grace and Peace."
- Grace is God's Grace provision.
- Peace is Reconciliation to God and tranquility of soul from the fruit
of the Spirit.
5. Old Testament believers
received Positional Sanctification at Salvation just as New Testament believers.
Old Testament believers, however, believed in the Lord (Ex 4:5; Rom 4:3;
Gal 3:6; Jas 2:23).
The Lord was the Son of God and appeared as an Angel (Gen 16:7-11; 22:11,
15; 24:7; Ex 3:2; Num 22:22-35; Ps 34:7).
The Holy Spirit entered Old Testament believers (Jews and Gentiles) into
union with the Lord at Salvation even though they were not baptized with
the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:2-6).
6. The Lord Jesus Christ
is the Head, or Cornerstone,
of both Old and New Testament congregations of believers (Eph 2:13-22).
7. Positional Sanctification
is a state of being completely without sin.
Positional Sanctification is possible because sins were paid for through
the Redemption solution.
Positional Sanctification is a state of Holiness totally apart from sin.
8. Positional Sanctification
is only possible through Grace. Nothing that man can do can achieve
Holy, or Positional, Sanctification. Only God can provide Positional
Sanctification (Ex 31:13).
9. Those who have Positional
Sanctification are called saints, meaning sanctified ones (Psa 16:3; 1
Cor 1:2; Col 1:12).
Chosen ones according to
the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctification of the Spirit
leading to obedience and by the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus
Christ: May Grace and Peace be yours in the fullest measure.
1. The Church Age Believer is
called to be a Holy Priest (1 Pet 2:5). Being Holy means being sanctified.
2. Experiential Sanctification
is the process of being sanctified after Salvation (Rom 6:22). It
includes separation from the world and sin (2 Cor 6:17), leaving the old
life of sin behind and executing the New Spiritual life: advancing to Spiritual
Maturity (Eph 4:13) and Spiritual Rapport (Eph 3:19) in Love (Eph 4:3;
3. Believers who sin after
Salvation lose the filling of the Holy Spirit and fellowship with God.
They do not lose their Salvation since they are still Positionally Sanctified.
However, their sins separate them from fellowship with God.
is the recovery procedure to restore the filling of the Holy Spirit and
fellowship with God (1 Jn 1:9).
5. The pressure to sin comes
from the enemies of the Christian life: the world, the flesh (Old
Sin Nature), and the devil.
The world includes the people in the world. People have Old Sin Natures
and are magnets for demons.
The Old Sin Nature is passed down from Adam. It causes the desire
to sin and takes over the soul.
The devil is the author of sin and world ruler who employs a vast army
of demons and presides over a Cosmic System to enslave the souls of men.
6. A person who sins is the
slave to sin (Jn 8:34; Rom 6:6, 16-20).
7. Therefore, Experiential
Sanctification requires overcoming the world, the flesh, and the devil.
This is the process of Spiritual Growth and the edification of the soul
a. The filling of the Holy Spirit provides power over the Old Sin
Nature (Rom 8:2).
Separation from the world is required to be consecrated to God (2 Cor 6:17).
Satan and his demons must be defeated in Spiritual Warfare (1 Pet 5:8,
9; 1 Jn 2:13, 14; 4:4; 5:18, 19).
Dynasphere4 provides power over the Cosmic System.
8. Experiential Sanctification
is accomplished by God in Grace (Tit 2:11; Heb 13:9; Jas 4:6).
God determines the testing and punishment required (1 Cor 10:13; Heb 12:6,
7; 1 Pet 5:6).
Each saint must live his own New Spiritual life and reap what he sows (Rom
6:4; Gal 6:9; Eph 4:23-24; Col 3:10).
We are not the master of our fate or captain of our soul. Our lives
are shaped daily by angels, demons, people, events, and unseen spiritual
forces (e.g. biorhythms)
over which we have no control. Our destiny is in the hands of God
(1 Cor 15:10; Rom 12:3).
9. Experiential Sanctification
must be accomplished along the X, Y, Z, and Time axes of the Spiritual
life (1 Cor 13:13; 1 Thess 5:23).
X-axis sanctification – through faith, learning and obeying Bible Doctrine
(Jn 15:3; 17:17; Rom 1:17; 2 Cor 5:7; 1 Tim 1:19; 2 Tim 3:16, 17; Heb 4:12).
Y-axis sanctification – Love of the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ but
rejecting the love of the world (Matt 22:37; 2 Cor 5:14; Eph 3:19; 1 Pet
3:15; 1 Jn 2:10, 15; 3:10; 1 Jn 4:20-21).
Z-axis sanctification – obedience to Divine Authority and the Holy Spirit
(Deut 10:20; 2 Cor 7:1; Gal 5:16; 1 Jn 3:24).
Time-axis sanctification – wait for the Lord; God's time is the right time
(Isa 40:31; 1 Pet 5:6).
10. Sanctification is required
to produce Divine Good (2 Tim 2:21).
11. Food is sanctified through
prayer (1 Tim 4:4-5). Manna was sanctified (Ex 16:31). The
dietary restrictions of the Mosaic Law do not apply to the Church (Acts
11:7-9; Col 2:20-21).
12. The problems that prevent
sanctification include: Sin, carnality, reversionism, hardness of
the heart, quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit.5
Thus, sanctification requires a pure heart (Prov 20:9; Jer 4:14; 2 Cor
11:2-3; Phil 1:17; 1 Tim 4:12; 5:2; Tit 2:5; Jas 3:17; 4:8; 1 Pet 1:22;
3:2; 1 Jn 3:3).
Recovery from reversionism requires execution of the Spiritual life through
learning and applying Bible Doctrine (Heb 12:13; Jas 4:8).
in the Tabernacle
of Israel was God's dwelling place on the Earth (Ex 25:8; 29:44-46).
2. The Tabernacle was the
symbol of sanctification.
3. The wall of linen around
the Tabernacle symbolized sanctification – i.e. separation from the world
and consecration to God. Those who came into the Tabernacle left
the world behind. They approached a Brazen Altar for sacrifice and
then saw a Laver.
4. White linen is the color
The Laver was the symbol of sanctification.
The High Priest and the Levitical Priests were washed all over once at
the Laver to symbolize Positional Sanctification in Salvation (Ex 29:4).
The Levitical Priests were sanctified (Lev 21:8). They washed their
hands and feet at the Laver to symbolize Experiential Sanctification (Ex
30:19, 21). The hands symbolized service, and the feet symbolized
the walk (including carrying the Gospel).
The Laver was positioned after the Brazen Altar to symbolize cleansing
after the Redemption
- The Brazen Altar symbolized the Redemption solution (Eph 1:7; 1 Pet 1:18-19;
1 Jn 1:7).
- The Laver symbolized the washing of regeneration (Tit 3:5; Heb 10:10,
14, 29; 13:12).
6. The Laver corresponds
to the Redeemer Planet.
7. Beyond the Laver the Door
of Grace Orientation symbolized entrance into priestly service.
After washing his hands and feet at the Laver, the priest could enter the
Holy Place to serve the Lord.
Entrance into the Holy Place symbolized separation from apostasy to perform
sanctified service to the Lord.
8. The sanctified priest
ministered in the Holy Place.
Table of Shewbread – unleavened bread symbolized sanctified Bible Doctrine.
Golden Lampstand – walking in the Light was separation from the darkness
of the world.
Altar of Incense – sanctified Spirituality, offering prayers to God under
His authority in separation from the Cosmic System.
Colors of Sanctification
The color of sanctification is white (Ex 27:9; Rev 15:6; 19:8, 14).
2. White is the color of light before it is divided
into the seven colors of the rainbow.
3. God is Light (1 Jn 1:5), and the seven colors
symbolize aspects of His essence.
a. The light of the Sun is white.
b. The Sun sanctifies the day.
c. God sanctified the seventh
day of Creation (Gen 2:3).
4. White is also the color for love and peace,
and the other colors can also symbolize sin
white over another color can symbolize Capacity for Love with respect to
the other color, corresponding to sanctification.
a. The Gate of the Tabernacle
contained white linen over blue, purple, and scarlet.
b. White over red symbolizes
sanctification with respect to sin, suffering, worry.
c. White over blue symbolizes
sanctification with respect to self-righteousness.
d. White over purple symbolizes
sanctification with respect to jealousy.
e. White over yellow symbolizes
capacity for love with respect to capacity for life, or grace or peace.
5. The white color of a lamb without spot or blemish
symbolized the impeccable humanity of Jesus Christ, who was qualified to
bear the sins of the world (1 Pet 1:19).
6. A spot of any color except white symbolizes
sin and is therefore unsanctified.
7. A color or pattern over white symbolizes slavery.
For example, black over white symbolizes slavery of darkness or death.
Red over white symbolizes slavery to sin and suffering. Plaid over
white symbolizes the slavery of judgment, or captivity.3
Right Man –
Right Woman and Marriage
1. Marriage and the Right
Man – Right Woman relationship are sanctified, sacred, and holy (Gen
2:24; Matt 19:5; Mark 10:7, 8; 1 Cor 6:16; Eph 5:31; 1 Thess 4:4).
Christians are expected to maintain the standards of the Word of God in
2. Marriage is for one man and one woman only.
Homosexual marriages are illicit, degenerate, and unsanctified according
to the Bible (Rom 1:26-27).
3. Sex is for marriage only. Sex outside
of marriage is sinful and unsanctified (Ex 20:14; Heb 13:4).
4. The unbeliever is sanctified by the believer
spouse in Marriage (1 Cor 7:4).
5. Right Man and Right Woman are a corporate system.
They are inseparably united until death (ref. 1
a. They have authority
over each other's bodies (1 Cor 7:4).
b. The Right Woman is
sanctified by Right Man (ref. Eph
6. Unsanctified activities in marriage include
sin, social and sexual unfaithfulness (Matt 5:28; Mk 7:21-23; 2 Pet 2:14),
idolatry, drugs, witchcraft, criminality, abuse, and demon influence, as
with the Prostitute of Babylon (2 Cor 6:14-17; Rev 2:20).
1. Ultimate Sanctification is receiving a Resurrection
Body (1 Cor 15:20; 1 Thess 5:23; Tit 2:13; 1 Jn 3:2).
Thessalonians 5:23 Ultimate Sanctification
The God of Peace reconciled us to Himself through the work
of Christ for Salvation. At Salvation we were sanctified Positionally,
but complete sanctification also requires Experiential and Ultimate Sanctification.
Now may the God of Peace (Reconciliation)
Himself sanctify you completely; and ultimately may your spirit and soul
and body be preserved blamelessly at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Complete sanctification requires sanctification of:
A new resurrection body will be received at the Rapture.
2. Order of Resurrection:
Spirit – filling of the Holy Spirit (Z-axis)
Soul – reciprocal Love for God and Jesus Christ (Y-axis)
Body – obedience of faith and rejection of the OSN (X-axis)
3. Resurrection is also called Ultimate
Redemption (Eph 1:14; 4:30; Rom 8:23).
4. Believers should look forward with confidence
to receiving a resurrection body like Christ's (ref. 1
5. The believer in resurrection body will be clothed
with glory (ref. 1
Pet 1:8) with a robe of Righteousness (Isa 61:10; Rev 19:8).
Jesus Christ (Matt 28:5-6; Acts 2:24, 31-34; 1 Cor 6:14;
Eph 1:20; 2:6)
Rapture of the Church (Jn 14:1-3; 1 Cor 15:51-57; Phil 3:20-21;
Col 3:4; 1 Thess 4:13-18; 1 Jn 3:1-2)
Second Advent – Old Testament saints and Tribulation martyrs
(Isa 26:19; 27:12-13; 66:14; Dan 12:2; Hos 13:14; Lk 20:37-38; Jn 5:28-29;
11:24; 1 Cor 15:21).
End of the Millennium – Millennial saints.
1. The kidneys as purifiers of water in the body symbolize
sanctification. They are associated with the Solar
Plexus pressure point in the spiritual
2. The two kidneys symbolize a witness.
3. The two kidneys symbolize sanctification of
the Right Man – Right Woman relationship (ref. Eph
5:25-26) and Marriage (holy matrimony, forsaking all others) (1 Cor
7:4) and partnership with the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 6:17; 2 Cor 11:2-3).
4. The two kidneys symbolize the Tree of the Knowledge
of Good and evil (Gen 2:17) and the conscience (Rom 2:15; 1 Pet 3:21) –
consecration to Good and separation from evil (Ex 19:10, 14).
a. The fat of the kidneys was
used in the sandwich placed in the hands of Aaron and the Levitical Priests
in the ordination ceremony (Lev 8:25-27).
b. Consecration to Good includes
dedication (Lev 8:10-15, 30; Num 6:11, 12; Deut 15:19), devotion (Acts
2:42; Rom 12:10; 1 Cor 7:5, 35; 1 Tim 5:10), and ordination (Lev 8:29;
Ex 29:26, 27).
c. Separation from evil includes
separation from the world (Jas 4:4; 1 Jn 2:15) and rejection of adultery
and idolatry (Ex 20:14; Matt 6:24; 1 Cor 6:15-16).
the kidneys and heart is not only a test of love but of discernment
in the rejection of evil (Ps 97:10; Jer 17:10; Amos 5:15; Rom 8:27; 12:9;
punishment may target the kidneys for failure to be sanctified.
1. The Client Nation is sanctified (Ezek 37:28).
2. The pastor and prophet are consecrated and ordained
(Jer 1:5; Is 49:1, 5; Lk 1:15; 1 Tim 4:14; 5:22; 2 Tim 1:6; Heb 6:2); and
priests (Ex 28:41; 29:9, 29, 35; Lev 8:33; 16:32).
3. Families and children are sanctified by believers
(1 Cor 7:14; ref. Matt.
4. Citizens and animals are sanctified (Deut 15:19;
5. Ambassadors for Christ are sanctified to witness
for Christ (2 Cor 5:20; ref. Matt
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