Isaiah 56:1-2 thus saith the Lord, keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this and the son of man that layeth hold on it: that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
Matthew 3:1-3 in those days came John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, and saying Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying; the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Romans13:11-14 and that knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
Itís time we make an earnest request for God to sanctify us and allow Him to do it in us. Jesus came and died that we may be sanctified. He made and earnest request to the Father to Sanctify us through his Word in St. John 17:17. He has pleaded with us throughout the Word for us to sanctify ourselves before the mighty hands of God that we be righteous. How much more persuasion will it take? The Father had not a man on earth worthy enough to pay the price of Salvation for man, so He sent his Son; Christ the anointed one as He had promised. The Word took on flesh and dwelt among men as a man and lived a clean set apart holy life as an example for all of us to follow. He is asking urgently today that we entreat sanctification once again and not let it depart from us. Christ came with the distinctive personal name of our Lord; Jesus.
The Devil knew that the Christ would come and he looked all over for him killing every child under the age of two at the hand of King Herod the Great. Just as he desired to kill Christ then he seeks to kill Christ in us today. We allow Satan to bring attack on us he canít just break in on us and steal our joy and peace or righteousness. The righteous die a natural death just as the unrighteous but we need to take into consideration that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. The righteous enters into peace with sweet rest when they walk in their uprightness. The death of the righteous is blessed. When Satan came to tempt Jesus, He had grown up in every area of life. Why does he still try to steal the lives of children? Because he knows that if they reach an age of maturity in sanctification he most likely cannot penetrate their minds. We are to train up our children in Holiness, Sanctification, and Righteousness early in life; and yes they do understand more than we know.
Sanctification, what is sanctification? The state of being sanctified; to be set apart to a sacred purpose, consecrated, free from sin; purified, to impart or impute sacredness, inviolability or respect to; to give moral or social sanction to; to make productive of holiness or piety. It is an act of sanctifying. Sanctification is the state of growing in divine grace as a result of Christian commitment after baptism or conversion.
The Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier. God wants us to know that it is He that sanctifies us. Before He formed us in our motherís womb He sanctified us. Jesus said in St. John 17:19 and for their sakes I sanctify myself that they also might be sanctified through the truth. God has sent his messengers to open the eyes of men to turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God that they may receive forgiveness of sins. God wants us to have an inheritance among them which is sanctified by faith in Him. God is calling us the Church of Jesus Christ, the Church of God, all those called to be saints to be sanctified. Our perfect example Jesus Christ was of God made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. How much more can we ask for. God has done all of these things for us, His Created beings in His image.
We as human beings are so selfish; how can we turn away from what we were created to be? How can we turn from the life of promise to live beneath our privileges? Sin takes us down a road we donít want to go; I promise you. For on that road had not been the grace of God, only the strong survives. We have been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ and are sanctified according as He has chosen us. God knew us and who we would be before he placed us in our motherís womb. He chose us to Him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. It is His desire that we should know the love of Christ which pass knowledge, that we might be filled with all the fullness of God.
For this is the will of God even our sanctification that we should abstain from fornication and know how to possess our bodies in sanctification and honor. Then God will, the very God of peace will sanctify us wholly; and our whole spirit, soul and body will be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Just as a personís body is dressed in the mortuary and preserved until after the funeral, God wants sin graveyard dead in our lives. God has from the beginning chosen us to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. Adam a man in the earth was created spirit first and then made being formed from the dust of the earth. Even then he knew no flesh although he was now spirit and flesh. The spirit of man was first and this is the state of sanctification we first need to work on. Therefore the flesh which was second must submit to the spirit. Man must submit his spirit to God that God can once again sanctify the flesh.
Therefore if a man would purge himself from the rudiments of the earth that cause him to sin he shall be a vessel unto honor; sanctified, and meet for the masterís use and prepared unto every good work. He that is sanctified becomes one with the sanctifier. We have been sanctified once and for all through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ. By this one offering Jesus Christ has forever perfected us that we may be sanctified if we choose to.