Genesis Chapter 6
Holiness Sanctification

(part one)

by Kraig Josiah Rice

(clicking on these links will move you down the page)
What is Sanctification?
Why Bother To Be Holy?
3 Kinds of Sanctification
Sanctification and Perfection
Some Church Views on the Doctrine of Sanctification
What God Through the Bible Teaches About Holiness
      Facing Choices- (A brief look at Romans chapters 12 and 15)
       Scriptures Regarding Holiness


I think it is good for us to stop here in Genesis to explore a topic that I consider to be most relevant. The topic of holiness-sanctification. Why? The folks who lived before the world wide flood were faced with several choices. Would they bow the knee before God and only accept His salvation by the blood of the Lamb? Would those who were saved live a holy life for God? Would those who were saved reach out to the unsaved to share God's word with them? Well, many did and we are introduced to some of them in this magnificant book of the bible. As well, three such individuals are mentioned in the Hebrews spiritual Hall of Fame
(Hebrews 11:4-7). But over a period of time, a problem started to arise. Unsaved folks in the world chose to live unholy lives- they threw God away, His salvation, and His decree to live holy for Him. They politically took over the world. The righteous blended in with the unrighteous and were no longer light to a dark society nor salt to withstand spiritual and moral corruption.
I see that in Genesis 6:2-3. As a result, apostasy set in and the world became violent and immoral- and God destroyed the world. We do not want to make the same mistakes they did. Let us live holy and righteous lives for our Lord who loves us and who died for us.

So, what is holiness? What is sanctification? "And He (Jesus) said to them all: "If any one wants to be My follower, let him deny himself, and take up his cross (of self denial) daily, and follow Me"
(Luke 9:23).
Let us take a brief look at it.

Sanctification is just a big fancy religious word for Christian holiness. Holiness and sanctification are words that can be used interchangeably. In this Bible study I teach you the need for holiness, some of what God through the Bible teaches about holiness, some of the different views of theologians and churches regarding holiness, and some of the do's and don't's of a Christian's walk with the Lord. I try to present to you a balanced perspective on personal holiness- what it is and how it is to be applied to one's life and how it is to be lived.

I was saved when I was 21 years old. I came from a pagan family so I knew little if nothing about God, Christ, the church, or the Bible- much less personal holiness. There were about 8 sailors or so saved in my division aboard the aircraft carrier in 1967 (please read my testimony if you so desire). Nearly all of us came out of pagan backgrounds and needed to be discipled. One of the most wasteful of all activities is to hold an evangelistic meeting where many folks come to Christ for salvation but then there is no follow up for the new converts and they flounder around in the world like fish out of water. Fortunately, this didn't happen to me.

After my conversion to Christ, Navy Chief Petty Officer, J.W. Richards, kept inviting me to attend his church but I was a little reluctant because I knew the Chief would expect me to attend with him on a regular basis thereafter and I did not want to feel obligated to go to the church in case I did not like it. But I was really curious to see what his church was like and then the perfect opportunity presented itself for me to do so.

The Chief and his family went on a vacation to Tennessee from Virginia. When Sunday morning came I took a bus to Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Norfolk, Virginia. Rev. David A. Berquist pastored this church and he preached the Word of God emphatically in the power of the Holy Spirit. He had a booming voice and his face got red when he got excited about what he was preaching. He waived his arms and stomped his feet from time to time during the sermon as the anointing of God came upon him. This is the first time I had ever been to one of these kinds of church services. For some reason I loved it. But I felt a little out of place.

When the Chief returned from vacation I told him that I would be attending church services at his church. He was delighted. He introduced the other sailors and me from the Bible study group to Cleo, his wife, and his three children. During the next six months after my conversion to Christ, when we were not at sea, we were invited nearly every weekend to their home for fellowship, food, and discipleship training. We would attend church services also. This family had a lot of love and practiced Christian hospitality. I was very grateful to this precious family for times like that which gave me a chance to learn how to be a Christian, and to get away from the war ship.

Activities with the Richard's Family in 1967 included badminton games, skateboarding on the sidewalks, eating watermelon, visiting local historical sites, and one time we picked strawberries on a local "U-pick" farm. These visits also proved to be times of practical learning. Cleo counseled us on the ABC's of practical Christian living. Because Christians were different from the world we were expected to act differently than the world. (The world refers to the evil world system). She taught us the proper modes of Christian conduct, explained Christian convictions, and taught by example Christian hospitality. Church attendance was highly stressed as was being a good Christian witness, not only by living for the Lord but also by working for the Lord.

So my point here is that it is very important that new Christians be taught sanctification or personal holiness so each one can get started off on the right foot in his journey in this life for the Lord. Making an investment in the lives of new converts is God's wish and will. I cannot emphasize or stress this enough...

What is Sanctification?

Sanctification is the bible doctrine of holiness and it has two main parts to it:
1. A believer's holiness toward God, and
2. A believer's separation from evil.

The Hebrew word for sanctification is Qudosh. The root of this word means "to separate." What are we going to separate? We are going to separate our actions from our fallen human nature that is inclined to sin.

The Greek word for sanctification is Hagios. The root of this word means "consecration", "devotion", and "a separation to God".

So, if we put the meaning of these two words together, we may come up with an all inclusive meaning of "separation from sin with a consecration towards God."

Living for Christ
Makes life
Worth living

Why Bother To Be Holy?

You may ask the question: why should I be holy? I have more fun going to wild parties where there is sex, booze, and drugs. I have free will and I want to do what I want to do. I do not want a cross of self denial- I want to live it up and have fun, fun, and fun.

Well, you are right. God's has given you free will and you can make any choice for or against Him that you want to. But there are a few things for you to keep in mind:

1). If you live an unholy life style, Satan may claim you as his own, and some folks may think that you are NOT saved.

2). Bad choices have consequences.

3). God may have something better for you than what your own bad choice(s) may get you.

4). If you want peace in your heart- you only get this permanently by inviting The Prince of Peace (Jesus Christ) into your heart and living holy for Him.

5). It is God's will for you to live a holy life:
" shall be HOLY: for I the Lord your God am HOLY"
(Leviticus 19:2).

So, what will make a true Christian live a holy life? It is his or her love for the Lord. The Christian's walk through life is a love walk. It's a relationship built on respect. It's not a walk of legalism or of fear. Trying to stay sanctified due to the fear of hell will avail a person for a short time only.

"And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength"
(Mark 12:30).

"We love Him because He first loved us"
(1 John 4:19).

My life as a Christian is the only Bible some people will ever read.
God's reputation is at stake in my life.
I want to maintain it and not stain it!

3 Kinds of Sanctification:

Some theologians have divided sanctification into three parts. Let us take a look at them:

1. Positional Sanctification. This takes place at the same time as the new birth experience. Because the believer is given a new nature, this enables him or her to begin their walk of holiness with the Lord's help.

Scriptures to study for positional sanctification include:
1 Corinthians 6:11; Hebrews 10:10; and 2 Corinthians 1:2.

2. Progressive Sanctification. This is holiness learned and experienced as a believer walks along with the Lord in holiness during his lifetime. It includes the perfection and the maturity of the believer.

Scriptures to study for progressive sanctification include:
2 Corinthians 7:1; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12; Romans 12:1-2;
John 3:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:1, 4,5, and 10.

3. Future Sanctification. This includes the glorification of one's body in Heaven with the Lord.

Scriptures to study for future sanctification include:
1 John 3:2; Hebrews 12:23.

Here are a few more scriptures that you may find interesting:
John 14:20; John 15:1 and following; John 17:23.

The best sermon
is a good example

Sanctification and Perfection:

The doctrine of perfection is taught in the Bible. Here are some of the key scriptures:
1 Peter 1:16; Matthew 5:48; 1 Corinthians 7:1; 1 John 3:6 and 9.

Christ loves and honors His perfect saints. Here are some of the key scriptures:
Hebrews 5:14; 1 Corinthians 2:6; Genesis 6:9; Job 1:1.

Because Christ has perfect saints, He has a church without spot or wrinkle...

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

If I am perfect, does not that mean that I am free from sin? Can baptism in water give me sinless perfection? Some churches teach this. If that were the case, Paul the Apostle would never have written Romans chapter 7. He was saved, baptized in water, and baptized in the Holy Spirit but he still struggled with original sin in his body. And so does each of us.

Why do you say that? The New Testament Greek word for perfect is Telios meaning mature and complete. There is no such thing as sinless perfection. The bible doctrine of perfection simply means to be mature and complete in Jesus Christ.

Sins were covered in the Old Testament times by the blood of sacrificed animals. The lamb without spot or blemish refers to our sinless Savior Who shed His blood on the cross for each of us. There is an old saying that much truth is concealed in the Old Testament but revealed in the New Testament. Now we have the full revelation.

Why not sinless perfection?

1. Because there was only One without sin and that was Jesus Christ. He was the One and only without sin who God approved of and said so about it.
(Matthew 3:17).

2. Because Noah and Job were considered to be perfect yet each of them had sinned.

3. 1 John 1:8-10 allows for the possibility for sin in a Christian's nature.

4. Matthew 6:12-13 is a model prayer from our Lord to "forgive us our trespasses"

There has to be balanced sanctification in every believer's life. God does His part and each believer does his part. God won't do it for you on His own without your help, and you can't do it alone without God's help. It's a joint partnership effort.

Do not let worries kill you
Let the church help

Some Church Views on the Doctrine of Sanctification

There are several church views on the bible doctrine of sanctification:

I. Part of the Roman Catholic View:

The Catholic Encyclopedia in it's section on Holiness has this to say:
"Sanctitas in the Vulgate of the New Testament is the rendering of two distinct words, hagiosune (hagiosyne)
(1 Thessalonians 3:13) and hosiotes (Luke 1:75; Ephesians 4:24). These two Greek words express respectively the two ideas connoted by "holiness" viz.: that of separation as seen in hagios from hagos, which denotes "any matter of religious awe" (the Latin sacer); and that of sanctioned (sancitus), that which is hosios has received God's seal. Considerable confusion is caused by the Reims version which renders hagiasmos by "holiness" in
Hebrews 12:14, but more correctly elsewhere by "sanctification", while hagiosune, that is only once rendered correctly "holiness", is twice translated "sanctification".
Part of the Romanist view of sanctification includes adding the name of "saint" to a deceased person.

II. Some churches believe that sanctification is a major Bible doctrine and that it is to be handled doctrinally according to Christian orthodoxy. They do not believe that sanctification is a second act of grace.

III. Some churches believe that sanctification is a second work of grace by God. The first work, of course, is justification.

IV. Some churches believe that sanctification is a third work of grace by God. The first work is justification. The second work is the Baptism In The Holy Spirit
(according to Acts 2:4).

Note: each of these positions have scripture to prove their doctrinal position. My advice to you, if you are a believer, a priest, or a preacher, is to accept your denomination's teachings on this matter. If you disagree- then don't preach it, or leave your denomination for one that has doctrine that you agree with.

Then there are views on sanctification that are considered to be in error:

V. The antinomianism view of sanctification includes the false notion that Christians ought to sin in order to experience more of God's abounding grace.

VI. Another problem is the teaching that the believer is under the law (Jewish Law) as a rule of life and as a means of salvation. Scofield countered this false teaching in his note which is found under
Galatians 1:6:

"The test of the Gospel is grace. If the message excludes grace, or mingles law with grace as the means either of justification or sanctification
(Galatians 2:21; 3:1-3), or denies the fact or guilt of sin which alone gives grace its occasion and opportunity, it is "another gospel", and the preacher of it is under the anathema (curse) of God."

What God Through the Bible Teaches About Holiness

Facing Choices-
(A brief look at Romans chapters 12 and 15).

In all things choose to know and do the will of God.

"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice- the kind He will accept. When you think of what He has done for you, is this too much to ask? Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is"
(Romans 12:1-2 Living Bible).
God has given each person gifts to share for the wider good. Choose to discover and use your gifts.
"As God's messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ's body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly"
(Romans 12:3-8).
Following the Lord's example, choose compassion. Sincere love shows itself in service.
"Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically. Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. When God's children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night"
(Romans 12:9-13).
Choose to serve one another so that all may praise God together.
"We may know that these things make no difference, but we cannot just go ahead and do them to please ourselves. We must be considerate of the doubts and fears of those who think these things are wrong. We should please others. If we do what helps them, we will build them up in the Lord. For even Christ didn't please himself. As the Scriptures say, "Those who insult you are also insulting me." Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. They give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises. May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other- each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ"
(Romans 15:1-6). NLT

Scriptures On Holiness

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven"
(Matthew 5:44-45).

"Live to Please God"

"Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You are doing this already, and we encourage you to do so more and more. For you remember what we taught you in the name of the Lord Jesus. God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honor- not in lustful passion as the pagans do, in their ignorance of God and his ways. Never cheat a Christian brother in this matter by taking his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. God has called us to be holy, not to live impure lives. Anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human rules but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you"
(1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 Living Bible).

"As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in his divine nature"
(2 Peter 1:3-4).

Also See Romans 1:18-32; 6:1-15; 8:1-3,31-39
See Colossians 1:12-20
See 1 Peter 1:13-25
See Leviticus 18:1-30
See Ezekiel Chapter 28: 12-17 where Satan is seen as Unholy.

Let us continue our study of holiness as we follow Christ and His Word.

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