I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever‑increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. 20When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
If Jesus Christ is not Lord of all, He will not be Lord at all.
R. S. Nicholson
Sanctification Is GodÕs Choice Gift for Every Believer: 1 Thessalonians 4:3
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
1. God’s will . Ephesians 1:4
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
2. God’s command . Hebrews 12:14
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
3. God’s provision . Hebrews 10:14-15
because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. 15The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this.
4. GodÕs purpose . 1 Thessalonians 3:13
May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
Sanctification Is GodÕs Holiness Imparted to Consecrated Believers: 1 Thessalonians 4:7
For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
1. It involves the forsaking of sin . Luke 14:33
In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
2. It requires self-control and moral purity . 1 Peter 1:15-16
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy.
3. It demands devoted service . Luke 1:74b-75
. . . to enable us to serve him without fear 75in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
4. It defeats double-mindedness . Romans 5:12-19
We consecrate, but God sanctifies.
F. B. Meyer
Sanctification Is Received Through the Prayer of Faith: Thessalonians 5:23-24
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
1. It is a crisis experience and happens instantaneously .
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
2. It is achieved through obedient faith. John 14:11
Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.
3. It is fulfilled through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:16
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.