BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SUNDAY OCTOBER 20, 2019
TEXT: JOHN 17: 1-26
Key verse: John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
Sanctification is a biblical word that carries two meaning in the Bible. The first meaning is separation, dedication, set apart to God for holy use. In this respect, persons, things, and places can be sanctified or set apart unto God. Jesus was sanctified by God the Father for human salvation; Jesus sanctified Himself for the holiness of the believers.
The second biblical meaning of the word sanctification reveals sanctification as a second definite experience of grace in the life of believers, through which the Holy Spirit by means of Christ's word and His blood cleanses a believer from inherited sin (original sin, inbred sin) that often manifests in
sinful pollution of pride, envy, greed, malice, anger and the likes.
Through sanctification experience, the believer is freed from such sinful inclinations and given the gracious ability to operate and increase in holy living. Simply put, salvation experience does in a sinner what water and detergent does to a dirty cloth. Sanctification experience rinses the cloth already washed.
Both are separate experiences but required wholesome cleansing. As the sinner’s exercises faith and prays to Jesus Christ for his salvation from sin, the believers come to Christ in faith and pray to receive sanctification of heart for an increasing holiness and Christ's love in Him. John 17:14-20. Ephesians 5:24-27; Acts 26:18.
Sanctification also means purity, holiness, heart circumcision. Baptism of the Holy Ghost is the imparting of the power of the Holy Spirit in baptismal measure upon a believer in Christ. This experience is called the promise of effective Christian service.
Speaking in tongues by the Holy Ghost is initial evidence that one has been baptized with the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are valid till today. These are specified in Luke 24:48-49; Acts 1:4,5,8;
1 Corinthians 12:7-11.
Thought for the day:
Salvation and sanctification are required for wholesome cleansing.
Song for the day:
Make me holy
Bible reading for the day:
Jeremiah 3-4; 2 Thessalonians 3
PASTOR PAUL RIKA