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The Will of God Our Sanctification.

The Will of God Our Sanctification.

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" This is the will of God, even your sanctification." 1 THESS. iv. 3.

" This is the will of God, even your sanctification." 1 THESS. iv. 3.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Sep 07, 2013
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THE WILL OF GOD OUR SANCTIFICATION.BY REV CHARLES GUTCH" This is the will of God, even your sanctification." 1 THESS. iv. 3.BEFORE we proceed to consider these words intheir practical bearing on the conduct of our dailylife, I would direct your attention to their realtheological import as a statement of dogmatictruth ; and its connection with the other founda-tion truths of the Gospel. In this aspect theyare very remarkable words and full of meaning.They contain within themselves the very pith andmarrow of the Gospel For what is the mainpurpose and end of the Gospel? Why did theSon of God take our nature upon Him, and dieupon the cross, and rise again, and ascend in thatnature to the highest heaven where He wasbefore ? Was it not, you will answer, that atone-ment should be made for the sins of the worldthat pardon should be proclaimed to rebellioussinners that peace should again dwell amongthem and in them ? Yes ! all this, blessed be God,1 A sermon preached at S. Paul's, Knightsbridge, in Lent, 1859. /*. B2 THE WILL OF GOD OUR SANCT1FICATION.is the design of the Gospel and something more.The Son of God became the Son of man, thatsons of men might become sons of God and heirsof eternal life : that they should be members of Christ of His flesh and of His bones temples of the Holy Ghost, dwelt in by the Holy Ghost, andso perfectly holy, even as He.This, brethren, is the object of the Incarnation.Not merely that atonement should be made forman, and he should be pardoned, or that he shouldknow that he is pardoned, and should feel at peacewith his Maker ; but that he should be restored tothat state of holiness which he had before he fell ;that he should again be created in the image of God in righteousness and true holiness once morebe a partaker of the Divine nature through the Holy
Ghost, which by the Incarnation is given to us.This is the great purpose of the Incarnation,that we should become holy even as God is holyholy by our membership with Christ, holy bythe Holy Ghost dwelling in us.And so the Apostle truly says, "This is thewill of God, even your sanctification." Mark,brethren, by way of contrast, what the Apostledoes not say. He does not say, " The will of Godis your redemption ; " for, when he wrote the text,man had been redeemed once and for ever bythe Blood of Christ. Neither does he say thewill of God is your pardon, or joy, or peace, orTHE WILL OF GOD OUR SANCTIF1CAT10N. 3final salvation but your sanctification. It is God'swill, undoubtedly, that we should receive pardonof all our sins through the Blood of Christ; thatwe should even now have joy and peace inbelieving ; that we should be finally saved. ButS. Paul speaks not now of these or any otherblessings which Christians may enjoy in time oreternity, although we are assured it is God's willall should be ours. S. Paul affirms here that God'swill is our holiness God wills, he means Godpurposes, God devises, and plans, and works, thatwe by His grace in and through Christ should beholy. And this is something different from sayingGod intends and wills our forgiveness, or thatwe should be at peace with Him, or be finallysaved. Now, why is this ? Why does S. Paul'slanguage differ, as I think will be allowed, in avery striking and material manner from what isin most Christians' mouths at the present day?The generality would more readily express them-selves in this way the will of God is that youshould believe and be saved; or that you shouldknow the truth; or that you should repent andbelieve the Gospel ; or that you should have joyand peace in believing ; or that you should feelyour sins forgiven ; or have a full assurance. Thisis the way in which many teachers of religion,no less than the great majority of the taught,would most naturally express themselves : and I
4 THE WILL OF GOD OUR SANCTIFICATION.do not say wrongly; but only that it is not theteaching of S. Paul in the text. There we learnthe will of God is our sanctification. And whyis this ? Because, in the teaching of the HolyGhost and the system of the Catholic faith, sancti-fication is that one gift of God which underlies allthe rest which includes all the rest; that onestate of heart and soul which is essential to presentpardon and peace, and without which futuresalvation cannot possibly be gained. If a manis holy, he is pardoned, and at peace with God.If he continue holy, he shall be finally saved ; butwithout holiness there is no present peace, andno future seeing the Lord. Holiness is the giftof the Spirit : it is the Holy Spirit Himself dwell-ing in the souls of the faithful, hallowing themand making them His temples. But where theSpirit of Christ dwells, there must be every workand gift of the Spirit, according as we in ourmeasure and degree can receive them.It is not, then, too broad a statement to say,that every blessing we Christians can enjoy flowsout of our present sanctification flows from thatwell of living water which is opened in the soulof every true Christian, and springs up into ever-lasting life.That well, brethren, was opened for us, first of all at our Baptism : in Holy Baptism we are firstwashed and sanctified with the Holy Ghost; weTHE WILL OF GOD OUR SANCTIFICATION. 5have the beginning of our Christian life, and enterinto the enjoyment of all the privileges of thechildren of God. But all these privileges areforfeited and gone, if we lose our sanctification.If we cease to be holy (as is the case if wecommit wilful deadly sin), we lose our sense of present peace, our hopes of future safety. We killfaith outright. We become spiritually dead. We

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