A Life Time of Work

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John 17:19 – And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

The righteousness by which we are justified is given to us as believers who do not deserve it; the righteousness by which we are to be sanctified by the truth is earned by our works, which is “A Life Time of Work”.

John 17:17 – Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

When we look deeper, we can gain an understanding that “justification” is our title to the kingdom of God, and “sanctification” is getting fitted for it. It is through faith and works of the law that we bear the seal of approval for that kingdom. We are freely given the chance, which we do not deserve this second chance to prove who we profess to be in Christ, but it is freely given to us to make our calling and election sure.

2 Peter 1:10 – Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

Christ will not do our part in this relationship with Him. It takes two to build a relationship. Christ has proven who He is and He has demonstrated His love for us, and so, we must do the same thing. He bore the cross and He died for us, now we must bear the cross and die for Him and crucify the flesh and put away sin.

Galatians 5:24 – And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

We must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.

Philippians 2:12 -…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

If we strive unto perfection and allow the truth to change our lives, we will become new creatures, the old man will die and the evidence that we have put on Christ becomes visible. The reward of eternal life is granted to those who surrender their lives unto change which is a race to victory.

1 Corinthians 9:24 – Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

We must be truly born again by being sanctified through the truth. If there is no change in the professor’s life, it is evident that they are not born again.

John 3:7 – Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

As the repentant sinner approaches the cross of Calvary and sees the bloodstained, stricken Son of God on the cross because of our sins, it is there at that moment the true Christians sees what he has done to the Son of God, and with a contrite heart that is broken to pieces, the repentant falls to his knees and cries out for forgiveness. He discerns Christ’s atoning sacrifice in the sinner’s behalf, and accepts this atonement as his only hope in this life and the future life to come, as his sins are pardoned and is justified before God, which this is justification by faith.

Romans 3:28 – Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Billions have been led to believe justification is the finishing work for heaven, but the Scriptures prove it is but just one of the first steps towards becoming a Christian. The life of a Christian has more to do than just believing in what Christ has done or professing to be a child of God. Billions today claim to be a child of God and heaven bound, but their fruits do not correspond with their profession. Their works do not prove that Christ is abiding. Their works do not demonstrate that His death for our sins has crush out the desire to sin no more against the Son of God.

Matthew 15:8-9 – This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.

John 14:15 – If you love me, keep my commandments.

The true Christian will step into the works of sanctification. Sanctification is not the work of a moment, or an hour, nor is it found in a day, but it is a lifetime of work. It is a fight, it is a battle, where we are at war with the temptations of this world that it offers to pull us away from Christ, it is a constant struggle with the flesh when you are after the Spirit, and it is a day by day march to the city of God to be sanctified by the truth.

1 Timothy 6:12 – Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

There is no such thing as instantaneous sanctification. True sanctification is a daily work, continuing as long as life shall last. The true Christian is striving to put away the old sinful man, the old self work did the works of the flesh, which is the wicked and rebellious works of Satan that has caused this world to trample upon the Son of God’s law, which will perfectly furnish and establish a man as a Biblical saint.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Revelation 14:12 – Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

We can scripturally conclude that without the works of the law our profession is dead.

James 2:26 – For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

The true Christian is at war with sin; they see that how they have broken the law of God at every point and now they must fight and not continue to place Christ back on the cross. They see that every time they transgress the law of God they recrucify the Son of God afresh and put Him to an open shame.

Hebrews 6:6 – If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame.

When the believer sees that his sins have placed Christ on the cross, it is at that moment the professed Christian will begin the works of sanctification in turning away from their sins.

Acts 3:19 – Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

The world has been taught that all one has to do is simply believe and nothing else, but that is not what Scripture teaches. This so-called faith in Christ that exists in the world today, which professes to release everyone from their obligation of obedience to God, is not faith, but it is presumption. “By grace are ye saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). But “faith, if it hath not works, is dead” (James 2:17). Christ said of Himself, before He came to earth, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8). And just before He ascended again to heaven, He declared, “I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). The Scriptures conclude, “Hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments” (1 John 2:3).

1 John 2:4-6 – He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1 Peter 2:22 – 23 – For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

Sanctification does not come through a happy flight of feelings as well, but is the result of constantly dying to sin, and constantly living for Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:31 – I die daily.

It is only by long and persevering efforts on the Christian soldier’s part that has put on the armor of God who will with stand the temptations offered. If we yield to the temptations then we once again sin against God. It is through sore discipline in the truth, and where we engage in a stern conflict, that we shall overcome this world through the power of God that He offers to all that desire to stand in the fight to be rewarded for heaven. The eternal reward comes at a price for the repentant. It came at a price for the Son of God to save us and give us a second chance to repent and it comes at a price for us to do the works of Christ in a world full of temptations to draw us back into sin. The eternal reward is given to those who have earned it, by first receiving Christ and striving to walk as He walked. Christ was perfect as we are to be.

Matthew 5:48 – Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Sanctification is not merely a theory, or some type of emotion, which a true Christian will learn to govern his or her emotions, and nor does sanctification come from lip service, but it comes by a living and visible proof that they are mirroring the image of Christ before a sinful world who has rejected Him through their unrepentant lives.

The true sanctification will be seen in all aspects of a Christian’s life. Everything a Christian does will speak for God. If we want to be true Christians, study the life of Christ and repent and do His perfect works so to present ourselves “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.”

Romans 12:1 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.

If we belong to Christ and He is our King, then we must prove it with our lives here in this sinful world. Christ proved Himself to us, now we are given a chance through His works to prove ourselves to Him, which we can do if we be Christ’s.

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

The life of Christ that is found in His Scriptures is the great agency in the transformation of godly character that will give us the seal of approval for eternal life. In order to graduate from this world and be rewarded with the next, we must pass our tests and overcome this evil world with our good works.

Romans 12:21 – Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 – And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God bless you all so much in the Lord…peace.

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