Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The secret of the mystery, part 117. The secret of sanctification.

Thursday, June 1, 2006

2TI 2:4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.

LUK 8:14 “And the {seed} which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of {this} life, and bring no fruit to maturity.”

Paul is emphasizing that the ultimate end and objective of our adoption is our glorification.

The final result is that we shall become like TLJC, perfect and in glorified bodies.

He is already glorified and we shall be glorified, and our glorification happens for the same reason everything else that is great happens to us, because of our union with Him.

Glorification = man is not only delivered from all the effects of the fall but granted a far “superior position and blessing” than he would have had if he had remained without sin.

Even nature wants to get back on the ball just as mankind.

“For the revealing of the sons of God” = the Second Coming of Christ.

The curse on nature will be removed at the Second Coming and nature will become perfect once again.

Creation is suffering not because of anything that creation has done but because of what man has done.

He was cursing nature because of the sin of man, but it will only be “nature’s condition” until God delivers man; then nature’s deliverance comes also.

Paul is excited about the analogy between the undeserved suffering of nature and the undeserved suffering of the mature believer as an adopted son.

Nature had absolutely no say in the situation in the Garden, and we have absolutely no say when we suffer for righteousness’ sake.

a. The redemption of your soul, when you believed.
b. The redemption of the human body.

The groaning therefore in this verse is not the groaning of pain but the groaning of anticipation.

The body we live in now is the body of humiliation or this body of humility, but someday our body will be like His, 1JO 3:1-2.

MAT 25:34 Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

REV 7:15 “For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne shall spread His tabernacle over them.”

Sanctification = to be set apart or consecrated to God; belonging to God in an intimate way.

Believers become sanctified at the moment of salvation, known as positional sanctification.

Believers become sanctified after salvation when doctrine is resident in their soul and they are filled with the Spirit, known as experiential sanctification.

Believers will become sanctified when the resurrection of their bodies takes place, known as ultimate sanctification, PHI 3:21.

PHI 3:20 For our citizenship [politeuma, or heavenly privilege] exists in heaven, from which place we eagerly anticipate the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

PHI 3:21 who will transform the body of our humble station into conformity with the body of His glory, from which operational power that He and only He keeps on being able even to bring under authority all things to Himself.

When applied to the Church, sanctification = God has created a brand new species of spiritual royalty set apart for the maximum glorification of TLJC.

a. Positional sanctification
b. Experiential sanctification
c. Ultimate sanctification

Sanctification is a technical theological term for the status quo of the Royal Family of God in three phases of the PPOG.

Sanctification means to be under a grace contract with God forever; we call this the New Covenant.

Sanctification means to be set apart as sacred, to be consecrated, to be devoted to worship.

Etymology = the history of the word and its biblical usage.

The most popular word used in the Bible concerning sanctification - hagios = holy or saint.

This word means that you have been set apart by God for a special purpose.

A saint is someone who has been consecrated to God forever and all Church-age believers are called saints.


Hagios is translated “holy” and “saint” and is merely the biblical title for royalty.

Unfortunately, it is translated into English by an obscure word with an erroneous connotation: “Saint.”
This connotes some sort of self-righteous, strained, painful, sacrificial life.

The Holy One from God = “Ho hagios tou Theou.”
This anticipated Christ’s royalty.

1CO 1:2,30 - even the worst of believers (those in the Corinthian church) are saints and sanctified in Christ Jesus.

They were fighting over which one of them was better than the others, 1CO 1:12.

They were carnal and fleshly and filled with jealousy and strife, 1CO 3:3.

They were very judgmental and critical of the apostle Paul as their pastor-teacher, 1CO 4:5.
There were those who were filled with arrogance, 1CO 4:18.

There was the ever popular situation of the young man having sex with his step-mother, 1CO 5:1.

They were also taking each other to court on spiritual or church matters and suing each other, 1CO 6:1.

There were some going to the ancient whore houses or prostitution temples and having sex with the hookers,1CO 6:16.

There were the legalists in the congregation who were married but considered sex to be a dirty thing, 1CO 7:5.

There were those who said now that they are born again but their mate is not, that it is time to get a divorce and marry someone in the local assembly, 1CO 7:11-20.

There were those who accused the apostle Paul of being in the ministry for money, 1CO 9:1-9.
There were bossy horsy females out of control and taking upon themselves authority they were not given, 1CO 11:3-10.

The men were becoming weak and wimpy with long hair, which at the time was a sign of rebellion and rejection of authority, 1CO 11:14.
There were those who came to the communion service intoxicated, 1CO 11:21.

Many members of their congregation were sick mentally, emotionally, physically, and some had even died the sin unto death, 1CO 11:30.
They were fighting with each other and there was division in the local assembly, 1Co 12.

They knew nothing about virtue love, 1Co 13.
They were carried away with the gift of tongues and thought that speaking in tongues made you superior to others, 1Co 14.

The women were out of control during the worship service so the apostle Paul said “the women should keep silent in the churches for they are not permitted to speak and if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home,” 1CO 14:34-35.

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