Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Position in Christ can never be improved just appreciated.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

In position the believer has been set apart from everything that is not holy. In experience he is to set himself apart from anything that would interfere with his worship of God.

“which are” — there is no “which”. There is the definite article tois plus the dative plural present active participle from eimi. That means you are alive! It should be translated “to those being saints.”
“to the faithful” — the word for “faithful” is again a dative plural from pistos. It is correctly translated “faithful.”

God is faithful. 1 Cor 1:9; 10:13; 1 Thess 5:24; HEB 10:23; 1 Peter 4:19; 1 John 1:9. The noun is used for God and whenever it is it indicates His immutability.

This word is also used for believers in the technical sense of those who are responding to doctrine, positive toward doctrine, growing up spiritually, building an ECS, and moving toward the super-grace life.

It is of no benefit to those who do not study it, the faithless. Ephesians is an epistle for those who are positive toward doctrine.

“in Christ Jesus” — the preposition en plus the locative of Iesous, the proper name for the Lord Jesus Christ in His humanity, and Christos which has to do with His commission, His appointment.

EPH 1:1 “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, through God’s purpose, will and design, to those being saints, and faithful in Christ Jesus:”

1. The word “saints” is hagios which means “saints” as a noun and sometimes “holy” as an adjective.
hagiotes which means holiness and refers in many of the passages of the NT to our relationship with God. Our relationship at the point of salvation is holiness because we are in union with the Lord Jesus Christ.

hagiosune means sanctification and has to do with one of the 40 things we receive at the point of salvation — entrance into union with the person of Christ. This is where we are first of all sanctified.
hagiasmos — means holiness, and there is a verb, hagiazo, which means to set apart, to sanctify.

2. Basically all words for sanctification connote some form of separation into, as in betrothal, therefore a relationship with God.

3. The agency of sanctification. a) The Son of God, Jesus Christ — Hebrews 10:10, 14. ; b) The Holy Spirit — Romans 15:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; c) The Word of God — John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26.

HEB 10:10
By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
HEB 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.

ROM 15:16
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, that my offering of the Gentiles might become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

2 Th 2:13
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.

JOH 17:1
"Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.

EPH 5:26
that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

4. God’s plan is divided into three parts.
Phase one of sanctification: positional truth.
5. Phase two sanctification is the super-grace life or experiential sanctification. It is the combination of a maximum amount of time logged in the filling of the Spirit, as per 2 Thess 2:13, and the daily function of perception and metabolization of doctrine, John 17:17.

6. Phase three sanctification is the believer in his resurrection body. This is often called ultimate sanctification — Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 1:8; Philippians 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 John 3:1,2.

ROM 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren;

1 Cor 1:8 who shall also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Phil 3:21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

1 Th 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Jo 3:1-2 See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.

7. The principle of experiential sanctification in time is to carry the believer during the intensified stage of the angelic conflict.

Secondly, the objective of experiential sanctification is to establish divine viewpoint in the devil’s world and to provide capacity for every believer to be the rapid beneficiary of grace under all circumstances and situations.

Thirdly, the objective of experiential sanctification is to provide from the capacity for love in super-grace maximum occupation with the person of Christ.

One of the great objectives of the Christian life is to appreciate who and what Jesus Christ is right now on this earth, not waiting until we get to heaven.

The fourth objective is to glorify God through the establishment of the ECS. The ECS is reflected glory. We glorify God through the structure in the soul from which all bona fide function and all divine good must emanate.

The fifth objective is the production of divine good, which falls into the category of gold, silver, precious stones and it means that we have accomplished something in this life that will glorify God forever.

All rewards in the future do not glorify the individual who receives them, they glorify God’s grace who made them possible.

At the moment of salvation we receive 40 things which can never be improved.
Our capacity to appreciate them and our capacity for blessing is going to come out of our spiritual growth but spiritual growth does not mean improving positional truth or the things we received at salvation.

Scroll to Top