What Is Salvation? Part 5b


Christ said The Father sanctified Him, ekszer-elek and that He sanctified Himself for our sake so that The Truth might sanctify us (John 10:36; John 17:19 KJV). By His death Christ empowered the born again believer with the Holy Spirit to crucify their carnal sinful flesh. Referring to the Holy Spirit Christ said:

“7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world (kosmos) of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, gudu because the prince of this world (kosmos) is judged. 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:7-13 KJV hobbijaim

This is a summation of what happened in the Garden of Eden-sin, righteousness and judgment-but with a different spin-the Holy Spirit. All unbelief in God’s Word, whether in a believer or an unbeliever, is sin. It is foolish to attribute sin only to unbelievers just because Christ said, “he will reprove the world” and “because they believe not on me”. Many who initially believed in Christ later turned away from Him when He said to them “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day”, because they could not understand the meaning; and so, Christ said to his 12 disciples:

“63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life… 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?” John 6:63, 66-67 KJV receptek

A believer in Christ, having being justified, can fall away if they do not go through sanctification. The ongoing process of sanctification is accomplished through prayer, and by the meditation on The Word, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Our willingness and diligence is necessary for this, as Christ set an example to watch and pray (Matt 26:41 KJV). We come to Christ with repentance; we are sanctified also through repentance. Most Christians believe that they have obtained salvation by their first repentance, at justification. This is serious doctrinal error:

“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, olcsobbszerviz and of eternal judgment.3 And this will we do, if God permit.4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,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.” Heb 6:1-6 KJV
The Apostle is not undermining the doctrine of Christ, which he is specifying as the foundation of our first repentance and coming into faith in God; rather, he is asking that we do not remain there but go on to perfection through the doctrines of baptisms of the Holy Spirit and Fire, of the resurrection of the dead, and of the final judgment at Christ’s second coming.

The Apostle is amplifying what Christ said in John 16:8-13 KJV:

“8 And when he [The Holy Spirit) is come, he will reprove the world (kosmos) of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”

9 Of sin, because they believe not on me- It is the prerogative of the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin (unbelief), bring us to repentance and faith-foundation of The Lord Jesus Christ-justification;

10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more- it is the prerogative of the Holy Spirit to convict us of righteousness through Christ’s resurrection and ascension, as only the righteous-in-Christ will ascend to God The Father; this involves the two baptisms of Christ with Spirit and with fire-sanctification;

11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world (kosmos) is judged- it is the prerogative of the Holy Spirit to convict us of eternal judgment that destroys all evil and sin in the lake of fire at Christ’s second coming-glorification of the righteous-in-Christ

Christ said to the disciples they were not ready to hear any deeper- 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:8-13 KJV

 


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