Sunday, March 12, 2006

Sanctify

Nothing exciting to write home about this week - have a fabulous weekend!

The short of it:

SANCTIFY
John 17:13-19
Introduction
A. Last week:
1. Three words sum up John 17 - Glorify, Sanctify, Unify.
I. Definition “Sanctify - to set apart for holy purposes.”
A. Scripture inform us that nothing sacred is sanctified without blood.
1. As evidenced in the holy vessels of ancient worship (Heb. 9:19-22).
B. Now watch this - We are holy vessels of worship
1. Our bodies are the temple (1 Cor. 3:16) God cannot dwell in things which are not sanctified by holy blood.
So we need to be sanctified - HOW??
2. We are sanctified by the blood of Christ HEB. 9:13-14; 10:14
3. 21 things the blood does for the believer.
II. Christ’s Blood has the Power to sanctify anybody.
1. chiefest sinner
2. paul
3. thief on crosss
4. you and me
III. Come out from Satan’s World and get into God’s.
A. In Exodus 19:10-11 We have a story of the people sanctifying
themselves for the appearance of the Lord.
B. We are called to be Holy Leviticus 20:7-8 Sanctify yourselves
therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. And ye shall keep
my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.
C. Stop defiling yourself!
IV. How to sanctify yourself
A. 10 ways the word sanctifies you.
B. By the Blood of Christ.

THE LONG OF IT

SANCTIFY
John 17:13-19
Introduction
A. Last week:
1. Three words sum up John 17 - Glorify, Sanctify, Unify.
2. We studied its not ‘all about me’ but to glorify our Heavenly Father.
a. We noticed that Jesus glorified the Father through obedience, works and sacrifice.
3. Today we look at the word “Sanctify.”
B. Illustration
A woman at a garage sale spotted a handsome antique copper kettle for only $2.50. It was badly tarnished, so she asked the woman running the sale if the discoloration would come out. She cheerfully offered to try some copper cleaner on it and disappeared with it into the house. Reappearing with the gleaming kettle, she handed it to the buyer for inspection. It was indeed a more attractive item, plus it also had a new tag attached. It read: "Like new-$10." APPLY: Interesting. When the copper kettle first went on sale, it’s owner practically gave it away. But something changed its value - a simple cleansing. When the owner took the trouble to clean away the grime/removed the discoloration and stains it was worth four times the amount she originally asked. Almost everything IS more valuable once it has been washed and cleaned up - and so it is with us. The Bible tells us we are stained with sin. The guilt and shame of our past behavior takes away our value Romans 3:23 tells us “for all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God”
I. Definition “Sanctify - to set apart for holy purposes.”
A. Scripture inform us that nothing sacred is sanctified without blood.
1. As evidenced in the holy vessels of ancient worship (Heb. 9:19-22).
B. Now watch this - We are holy vessels of worship
1. Our bodies are the temple (1 Cor. 3:16) God cannot dwell in things which are not sanctified by holy blood.

So we need to be sanctified - HOW??
2. We are sanctified by the blood of Christ HEB. 9:13-14; 10:14

a. 1 Peter 1:18, 19 were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, But with the precious blood of the lamb.
C. You see, When God sees the Christian he sees RED! How precious is Christ’s blood!
1. IT - Established a new Covenant (Matt. 26:28; Heb. 8:6-13; 13:20)
2. Bought redemption (1 Pet. 1:18, 19; Rev. 5:9)
3. Establishes eternal life in the believer (Jn. 6:54)
4. Purchased the church (Acts 20:28)
5. At times brought physical death to the faithful (Acts 7)
6. Demonstrated God’s righteousness (Rom. 3:25ff)
7. Justifies the sinner (Rom. 5:9)
8. Ensures fellowship with the godhead (1 Cor. 10:16;1 Jn. 1:7).
9. Brings to remembrance to the mind of the believer the act of grace (1 Cor. 11:23ff).
10. Receives forgiveness (Eph. 1:7).
11. Brought those who were estranged into fellowship (Eph. 2:13ff).
12. By it God was reconciled with us (Col. 1:20).
13. Obtained eternal redemption (Heb. 9:12)
14. Sanctifies the flesh of the believer (Heb. 9:13, 14; 10:29).
15. Remove sin (Heb. 10:4; Rev. 1:5)
16. Grants the believer boldness to enter the domain of God (Heb. 10:19).
17. Bears witness that the believer has overcome the world (1 Jn. 5:4-8)
18. Gives the believer righteous robes (Rev. 7:14).
20. Overcame Satan (Rev. 12:10, 11).
21. Worn as a vestment of victory in the battle against sin (Rev 19:13).
II. Christ’s Blood has the Power to sanctify anybody.
A. It takes the chiefest, vilest of sinners, sanctifies them body soul and spirit into a new creature formed in the image of God’s Holiness (1 Tim. 1:15).
B. Saul, a murderer, tried to destroy the church of the living God had an encounter with the power of that blood and was forever sanctified into “Paul, an apostle of Christ”
C. The thief on the cross had an encounter with the power of the blood of Jesus, and was sanctified from that of a condemned man into a saint dwelling in Paradise. (Heb. 9:15)
D. And to the man who desires to become a Christian, Christ’s blood can sanctify you 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.
1. Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
2. In fact, God created blood to be a cleansing agent. In your body, blood takes oxygen and other supplies TO cells AND REMOVES waste and impurities from those cells. Blood literally cleans out the filth from your body. That is one of it’s major responsibilities. There is NO OTHER cleansing agent known to man that can purify our bodily system as well as the blood that courses through our veins.
3. Spiritually speaking there is no other cleansing agent known to man that can rid your soul of its filth and shame than the Blood of Jesus. # 2, 3 by JEFF STRITE
Since the blood of Christ is that means by which we have been sanctified, “Set apart,” what is our responsibility to that sanctification?
III. Come out from Satan’s World and get into God’s.
A. In Exodus 19:10-11 We have a story of the people sanctifying themselves for the appearance of the Lord.
1. God told Israel to Sanctify themselves and wash their clothes
a. In washing their clothes they would think about washing their souls clean.
2. What would you do if you knew God was coming back in two days
a. Prepare your body - wash, put on modest clothes, cover the tattoos, avoid intimacy, stop drinking, smoking, doping your system.
b. Prepare your behavior - Throw away certain music, videos, magazines. Go to church, pray, respect those of authority, age, and different race. Check your language, avoid lusting, speak up for Jesus! Make honest business deals. Be kind to family and friends.
c. All those questionable things in your life would not be so questionable.
3. We have been told that Jesus is coming, as a thief in the night - therefore the need for our continual sanctification.
4. Come out of Satan’s world and get into God’s.
B. We are called to be Holy Leviticus 20:7-8 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.
1. Just like Israel, we have to do a sin check or a holiness check
2. Could it be that we have become so accustomed to sin that we are like Lot who sat in the city gates of a vile city that God destroyed.
a. We allow things into our lives and invite things into our home.
b. We categorize actions as YOUR “personal convictions”
c. We quote scriptures like “judge not lest you be judged” - Wimp! How dare you quote scripture to insult the grace of God.
3. Come out of Satan’s world and get into God’s.
C. All the Bible calls sin long ago, is still sin, God is still God. Sin will destroy you.
1. In the dark recesses of your mind you know it is wrong, you know it is sin and it is time we get back to a holiness state of living and quit making excuses. We need to sanctify ourselves before God!
2. We need to get out of Satan’s world and get into God’s.
How do you fare?
IV. We are encouraged to Quit defiling ourselves. Leviticus 11:44 For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
A. 1 Pet. 1:13-16 Prepare your mind for action...be holy. Quit defiling.
1. 1 Pet. 2:9 we are a chosen people ...be holy. Quit defiling.
B. We are called to be a light unto the world and there is no problem distinguishing light. Light and darkness can’t dwell together. You are either one or the other...be holy. Quit defiling .
C. I don’t care what it is or what you call it but there has to be a separation from the world. If you look like a duck, act like a duck, quake like a duck, you must be a duck.
1. Be in the world but not of the world. be holy. Quit defiling.

IV. How to sanctify yourself How do we sanctify ourselves? how do we become dead to our flesh? how do we prepare the way for the Glory of God to be seen in me?
A. Jesus left no doubt as to the process of how one may sanctify themselves John 17:17-19
We are sanctified by hearing, studying and applying the word of God to our lives. Ephesians 5:25-26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

1. God’s word separates us from the world by: inspiring, instructing, correcting, improving and training us in righteousness, we are unable to overcome our sinful desires. Study to know - then study to show.

2. God’s word separates us from the world by: gives us perspective that comes from above instead of from this world below. It is too easy to conform to the ways of the world set your mind on things above rather than on things below with the sanctifying power of God’s word.
3. God’s word helps us separate ourselves from cultural conformity. In an age when it seems vogue to be in sync with the pulse of the world’s morality it is vital to remember that God’s word holds us to a higher standard than what seems popular in the public’s perception. Rom. 12: 1,2
4. God’s word separates us from the world by: helps us praise God with the glory that is due to Him.
5. God’s word separates us from the world by: helps us gain greater patience to overcome evil with good instead of allowing evil to overtake us. God’s word endues us with a spiritual peace that passes human comprehension. Too many people try to find peace in intellectual endeavors or meditation exercises, but the word of God sanctifies our conscious brain.
6. God’s word separates us from the world by: helps us focus on projects that will have eternal value.
7. God’s word separates us from the world by: helps us focus on the higher purposes that God has for our life.
8. God’s word separates us from the world by: helps us focus on kingdom priorities instead of mere human needs.
9. God’s word separates us from the world by: helps us gain a problem-solving ability that comes from heavenly wisdom.
10. God’s word separates us from the world by: helps us please the Lord in all respects and bear fruit in every good work as we increase more in the knowledge of God. Only the Bible gives us the ability to please God because it aligns our thoughts with the mind of Christ. adapted PAUL FRITZ
B. Through his blood
1. We are sanctified by continually claiming the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ 1 Jn. 1:7
2. Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Go home today and sanctify yourselves in fasting, prayer reading of the word. Put off worldly activities for a while and prepare yourself for tonight and see what the Lord does for you tomorrow.


CONCLUSION
A. What a tremendous task Jesus asks of his disciples.
1. Whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.
2. Sanctify yourself to be known as holy people.
B. One cannot sanctify themselves by their own mental powers (Isa. 55:8, 9).
1. Only the word of God can tell me how to set myself apart for his holy purpose.
2. My body is the temple of God, It has been sanctified by the blood of Christ when I was baptized. Let me not trample the blood of Christ under foot and do spite to the grace of God by Staying in Satan’s world and defiling myself with fleshly desires.
3. As the medication we take courses through our veins helping and healing our infirmities, let the word of God course throughout your body so it may cleanse your soul and be a new man, created in Christ Jesus.

1 comment:

Jeff Strite said...

I just wanted to thank you for your kindness in quoting me in your blog on "Sanctify" (my wife found it). Keep up the good work for Christ. Jeff Strite.