GOD'S CALL TO HOLINESS
"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from
immorality. ... For God has not called us for uncleanness, but in
holiness" 1 Thessalonians 4:3,7.
THE GOSPEL MESSAGE
is the Spirit's instrument for our salvation and our sanctification. John
17:17; 2 Thessalonians 2:13,14; Ephesians 6:17.
OUR SPIRITUAL BIRTH,
our regeneration and our sanctification begin when we are brought forth
through the Holy Spirit by the word of Truth - the imperishable and abiding
word of God. 1 Peter 1:22-25; James 1:18,21.
that we must be born from above of the Spirit, and without this new birth we
can not enter the kingdom of God. It is when we obey from the heart the
teaching of the Gospel in baptism that we contact the saving blood of Christ
and receive the indwelling of the Spirit. John 3:3-5; Acts 2:38; 5:32; Titus
3:4-7; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Hebrews 10:19-25; 1 Peter 1:2,3, 18-22.
comes about as we benefit from the single sacrifice for our sins made by
Christ on the cross. Those who have been purified by the blood of Christ at
their obedience to the Gospel must seek to be set apart from the corruption of
the world in holiness. Our loving Father desires that we remain separated from
the influence of evil. Hebrews 10:10-14; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 2 Timothy 2:19-22; 1
THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN RAISED WITH CHRIST
must chose to live after the influence of the Holy Spirit, and not according to
the desires of the flesh. Romans 6:1-19; Galatians 5:16-25; Colossians 3:1-17.
"MAY THE GOD OF PEACE HIMSELF SANCTIFY YOU WHOLLY;
YOUR SPIRIT AND SOUL AND BODY
BE KEPT SOUND AND BLAMELESS
AT THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST." 1 Thessalonians 5:23