The Doctrine of Sanctification – I Corinthians 1:24-31

Introduction:

Is I Corinthians 1:24-31 talking about the saving (ie. redeeming, justification) of people?

Instead of the “saved” what word does Paul use? (Justified; redeemed; calling; glorifying) Calling

Relatively speaking, how many of the savants of humanity does the Lord save? (None, few, many, all)

Why is this so? (Savants are so rare; they are so smart; they are unsaveable; to confound) Confound

Why has God chosen to save few of the world’s elite? (To glorify them; to glorify Himself; to defeat Satan; to justify Christ’s sacrifice) His glory

Through whom has this salvation been accomplished? (The wise; the mighty and noble; the weak things; Christ Jesus)

Which of the following is Christ is to the saved person? (Our redemption; our wisdom; our righteousness; our sanctification) All

If Christ is wisdom for the unwise, and righteousness to the wicked, and redemption for those who are slaves to sin, how is He sanctification? Through Him (we are forgiven; we are washed; we are set aside; we are made eternal) Set aside

“Saints” are (beatified church-men; people set-aside by God; dead Christians; angels). Set aside by God.

Approximately how many times does the Bible use the words “saint” or “saints?” (10, 50, 100, 150) 100

What percentage of those scriptures come from the Old Testament? (10%; 25%; 33%; 50%; 75%) 33%

Which of the following did not occur at Jesus’ death? (Earthquake; hail-storm; veil torn; many saints arose)

The Bible specifically speaks of saints living in (Jerusalem; Rome; Achaia; Lydda; Corinth) All (not dead)

According to Eph. 1:18 God’s saints may look forward to (eternity; glory; painlessness; inheritance) Inher

According to Eph. 2:19 saints come from among (stranger & foreigners; priests and nuns; Christians and non-Christians; Baptists and evangelicals) Strangers and foreigners.

Definition of sanctification

Using II Chron. 29:5, 15-18, sanctification involves (leaving Egypt; leaving father and mother; cleaning up; redemption)? Cleaning up. “Sanctify yourselves and the house of Lord; carry forth the filthiness out.”

Using I Thess. 4:3, sanctification involves (salvation; abstaining from tobacco and colas; prayer; abstaining from fornication) Fornication

Using Lev. 11:44, sanctification involves not touching (creeping things; blood; dirty-diapers; Brussel sprouts) Certain unclean creeping things.

Based upon these scriptures, sanctification includes (avoiding responsibilities; turning from sin; promising to do good; turning to God) Turning away from what is sinful

Using Lev. 27:14, sanctification involves (dedicating his house to God; setting his house apart to God; cleaning house; declaring his house to be holy). Dedicating, setting apart; declaring holy

Using Lev. 27:16, sanctification involves (dedicating a field to God; setting a field apart to God; weeding a field; declaring a field to be holy). Dedicating, setting apart; declaring holy

When Numbers 8:17 says that all Israelite first-born sons were sanctified, it meant that they were (to be slain as sacrifices; they had to become priests; they were sent to special schools; they belonged to God)

In addition to being our “sanctification,” Christ was Himself sanctified (by His special birth; by His conception; by the Father; by His death) John 10:36 – “Say ye of him whom the Father hath sanctified, thou blasphemest….”

Based on these scriptures, sanctification includes (Tithing; landed property; dedicating things to God; dedicating one’s self to God) Dedicating.

Based on these two aspects of sanctification, how can God Himself be sanctified (Ezek. 36:23)? (Hiding in Heaven; destroying sinners; in the saints hearts and minds; in Himself) “Before their eyes”

Aspects of sanctification.

Positional sanctification.

“Know ye not that the ________________ shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor _______________, nor adulterers, nor ________________, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor ________________, nor _______________, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

“And such were some of you: but ye are ___________________, but ye are ____________________, but ye are ______________________ in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

Christ said, I come to do they will, O God, “By the which will we are sanctified through the _____________ of the body of Jesus Christ once for all….For by one _______________ he hath _________________ for ever them that are sanctified.”

Sinners are sanctified in the sight of God the moment (they are conceived; they are born; they are born again; they are given the second blessing) Justified

That sinner is separated from __________________ and separated unto _______________. Sin/God

What can a sinner do to become a saint? (Nothing; repent and believe on Christ; be baptized; die and be canonized) Nothing; repent and trust

Can a person be a saint without being a Christian?

Can a person be a Christian without being a saint?

Progressive sanctification

Have you ever met a perfectly sinless person?

Not even me?

But if a saint is a “sanctified one” – set apart from sin and given to God – how can he still sin? (He is sanctified in God’s sight; he is declared righteous {holy}; he is in Christ; he really doesn’t ever sin)

As a saint of God, the Christian should (grow in grace; be transformed into the image of Christ; perfect holiness; abound and increase). All – II Peter 3:18; II Cor. 3:18; I Thess. 3:12; II Cor. 7:1

What might we think about a Christian who doesn’t care about becoming more holy – sanctified in his daily life? (He is a fool; He is not saved; He is weak; He is a backslider) He is not saved

As far as our lives are concerned we should want to be (well-liked; more holy; smarter; raptured) Holy.

Ultimate sanctification

And the very God of peace ________________________ you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved ____________________ unto the ______________ of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

If not today, at what point will the saint be absolutely sanctified? (Tomorrow; the marantha; our death; never) Maranatha – the coming of the Saviour.

What part of our being will not be sanctified? (Body, mind, heart, soul) All

At the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ what will be established unblameable in holiness? (Our bodies; our hearts; our minds; our souls) 1Th 3:13 – “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.”

When the sons of God see Christ they shall become what? (Saints; happy; pain-free; like Him) I Jn. 3:2

The means of sanctification.

Who is the key player in the saint’s positional sanctification? (The saint; God the Father; God the Son; God the Holy Spirit) Father????

Who is the key player in the saint’s progressive sanctification? (The saint; God the Father; God the Son; God the Holy Spirit) Holy Spirit

Who is the key player in the saint’s ultimate sanctification? (The saint; God the Father; God the Son; God the Holy Spirit) God the Son????

Christ prayed for the saint’s sanctification in John 17; what did He say was the instrument in that sanctification? (Prayer; the Holy Spirit; baptism; the Word of God) Word

How dependent are positional and ultimate sanctification on us? (10%, 00%, 50%; 100%) Not at all

How dependent is progressive sanctification on us? (10%, 00%, 50%; 100%) ??????????

Would you ever expect a lazy man to be holy?

How personally holy (sanctified) could we be if we didn’t know what God expected of us? (10%, 00%, 50%; 100%) We must know what God expects.