- It does not bring us into absolute perfection.
We cannot get so holy that we don’t make any mistakes and errors in judgment. In this sense, only God is absolutely perfect. Even the angels are not absolutely perfect like God is. “Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:” Job 4:18.
- It does not bring us to angelic perfection.
They are free from all inherited infirmities; they have superior judgment and discernment – They have a degree of perfection which no grace of God makes possible to mortals in this life.
- It does not bring a “sinless perfection” – in the sense that it makes it impossible for one to sin and fall.
Angels fell, though they were once holy.
- It does not imply or involve infallibility of knowledge or judgment or memory.
The heart may be right while the judgment may be wrong.
- Sanctification does not secure us from temptation.
The good news however is that the Tempter and Temptations are not reinforced by corruption within – Jesus was tempted, but He said, “Satan cometh and findeth nothing in me”.
- Sanctification does not end Christian growth.
…But cleansing the heart of its vileness; makes growth of all graces possible and certain.
- It is not regeneration.
- Regeneration is the instantaneous impartation of the divine life.
Sanctification is the perfect recovery of the moral image of God which sin has destroyed
- Regeneration is God’s work done in us, rectifying the attitude of the will toward God.
Sanctification is the work of God purging the whole being.
- Regeneration removes the love of sin.
Sanctification removes the inclination to sin in the future.
- Regeneration brings renewing.
Sanctification brings cleansing.
(e).In Regeneration, sin does not reign.
In Sanctification it does not exist.
- In Regeneration, sin is suspended;
In Sanctification it is destroyed
- In Regeneration, irregular desires – anger, pride, envy, etc. etc. are subdued.
In Sanctification they removed.
- Regeneration is Salvation from the voluntary commission of sin
Sanctification is salvation from the being of sin.
- Regeneration is the old man bound.
Sanctification is the old man cast out and spoiled of his goods.
- Regeneration is Sanctification begun.
Entire Sanctification is the work completed.
Now that we have seen what sanctification is not – let us see what it is.
- It is the finished work of salvation from sin.
- It is known by various titles and phrases in the Bible such as:
- Perfect Love
- Pure In Heart.
- Dead to Sin.
- Crucified with Christ.
- Mind Of Christ
- Partakers of the Divine Nature.
- Free from Sin.
- Loving God With All The Soul Mind And Strength.
- Cleansed From All Sin And From All Unrighteousness.
- Cleansed from all filthiness of the Flesh and Spirit.
- Perfecting Holiness in the fear of God.
All these phrases have substantially the same signification.
The Greek word for sanctification is Hagiasmos –
It is used ten times in the New Testament. The ending “mos” in the Greek means an Act –
Sanctification is that act of divine grace whereby we are made holy.
The act is the removing of impurity existing in the nature of one born again.
It is the work of the Father / Son / Holy Spirit by which our old man is crucified and the moral nature is cleansed of all unrighteousness – unrightness, proneness to sin and sinful propensity.