Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery, part 120. The secret of sanctification - part 4.
Friday, June 9, 2006
Experiential sanctification takes place only when the believer lives and functions in God’s pre-designed plan for his life. Experiential sanctification is the function of the spiritual life after salvation.
The function of the spiritual life depends on the three spiritual skills: the filling of the Holy Spirit, the metabolization of doctrine, and the utilization of the ten problem-solving devices.
Living in the divine plan that God has designed for your life is the only way that experiential sanctification is accomplished.
JOH 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.”
Experiential sanctification has to do with the believer in time.
After salvation and doctrinal intake, the believer’s objective is to reach spiritual maturity.
The filling of the Spirit = God the Holy Spirit controls your soul.
Grieving and quenching the Spirit = God the Holy Spirit does not control the soul.
The normal function of the royal priesthood and the normal function of the Christian way of life is experiential sanctification.
Between salvation and eternity the believer spends a certain amount of time on earth.
The time is determined by the sovereignty of God, PSA 31:15.
The purpose of this time spent on earth is to reach spiritual maturity or experiential sanctification and glorify God, REV 4:11.
When God can bless the believer in the devil’s world on the basis of residual doctrine, God is glorified.
God is glorified as the provider; we are blessed as the beneficiaries.
Either doctrine is going to influence you or the evil of the cosmic system.
Doctrinal intake, inhale and exhale is the determining factor.
PSA 23:3 “He restores my soul”
To be influenced by doctrine means blessing; to be influenced by evil means cursing, discipline, and eventually the sin unto death.
1CO 16:22 If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed. Maranatha.
Love - pres-act-ind - PHILEO = personal love for TLJC.
Only mature believers with S.S.E. and maximum doctrine in their souls are able to take residence in experiential sanctification called the state of godliness.
2TH 2:13 Brethren, we should always give thanks to God for you, loved by the Lord; for from the beginning God has elected you with reference to salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the Truth.
Because we are in union with Christ we now are able to be sustained, nourished, and empowered by the ministry of the Spirit.
The same power that TLJC operated under is the same power that has been made available to every Church-age believer.
2CO 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
EPH 4:23 and that you be renewed in the breathing of your mind,
ROM 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Experiential sanctification is a potential for the believer, commanded but not guaranteed.
God will provide the resources, opportunities, instructions, encouragement, and even divine discipline, but the believer must choose to execute God’s divine plan for himself.
Believers will become sanctified when the resurrection of their bodies takes place, known as ultimate sanctification, PHI 3:21.
Until the Rapture of the church occurs, all Church-age believers who die go to heaven in an interim body where there is equally great happiness and blessing to all believers, whether they are winners or losers.
At the Rapture, all Church-age believers receive their resurrection bodies, both winners and losers, both those already in heaven (“the dead in Christ shall rise first”), and those alive on the earth (“and we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, and so shall we ever be with the Lord”).
Ultimate sanctification is the state of being blameless before God, possessing a resurrection body.
1CO 1:8 who shall also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1TH 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.
EPH 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.
EPH 5:27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.
COL 1:22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach--
JUD 1:24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,
Following the Rapture of the church, at the Judgment seat of Christ, winners receive the conveyance of their escrow blessings for the eternal state and be presented to God the Father in the Royal court of heaven.
Ultimate sanctification converts the body of Christ into the bride of Christ.
In ultimate sanctification, the church is resurrected aristocracy, and therefore, different from all other resurrections.
The Royal Family of God also shares in the coronation and triumph of Jesus Christ at the Second Advent.