Sanctification: A Finished Work of the Cross

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Point # 1 We are sanctified by the Holy Spirit

 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but YE ARE SANCTIFIED, but ye are justified IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, and BY THE SPIRIT OF OUR GOD.  1 Corinthians 6:11

Point #2 The act of Jesus giving himself on the cross made sanctification available to us

 And for their sakes I SANCTIFY MYSELF, THAT THEY ALSO MIGHT BE SANCTIFIED through the truth.  John 17:19

Hymn – “The Old Rugged Cross”

"In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
a wondrous beauty I see, for 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,to pardon and sanctify me."

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6

 

Point # 3 Sanctification is a gift, given exclusively through the Cross! There is no other way to obtain it!

By the which will WE ARE SANCTIFIED THROUGH THE OFFERING OF THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST once for all. Hebrews 10:10

Wherefore Jesus also, THAT HE MIGHT SANCTIFY THE PEOPLE WITH HIS OWN BLOOD, suffered without the gate.  Hebrews 13:12

Point # We are sanctified by putting our faith in Jesus Christ! Faith is the only way to lay hold of it!

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among THEM WHICH ARE SANCTIFIED BY FAITH THAT IS IN ME.  Acts 26:18

Point # 5 The Lord IS our righteousness and sanctification.

But of him are ye in CHRIST JESUS, who of God IS MADE UNTO US wisdom, and righteousness, and SANCTIFICATION, and redemption:  1 Corinthians 1:30

In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Jeremiah 23:6

Point # 6 Sanctification is based on the righteousness of Christ, not our own. His righteousness is imputed to us. Which literally means reckoned or accounted on our behalf.

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, HIS FAITH IS COUNTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom GOD IMPUTETH RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHOUT WORKS, Romans 4:5-6

Point # 7 We are sanctified “once for all”

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL. Hebrews 10:10

Point # 8 Sanctification i.e. the imputed righteousness of Christ, is absolutely perfect.  Perfection in God’s sight is not something we work up to, neither is it obtained by achieving a higher level in our behavior and/or character; rather we are given the gift of Judicial perfection before God through the offering of Jesus Christ on the Cross.

For by one offering HE HATH PERFECTED FOR EVER THEM THAT ARE SANCTIFIED. Hebrews 10:14

Sanctification is a judicial verdict of being perfectly righteous in every way before God and the judgment. The Righteousness of Christ is imputed to us by faith alone. This is a gift that cannot be achieved by a lifetime of improved behavior and good deeds. We are saved by grace through faith, it is not of ourselves. And it is definitely not by works!

Jesus is our Sanctification. When we put on Christ we put on HIS Sanctification – it becomes a robe of righteousness. We are set apart, we are now saints, hagioi in the Greek; “sanctified ones.” We are a holy priesthood, set apart to serve the Almighty God. It is impossible to do the work of any priesthood without first being sanctified. How the priesthood in the Old Testament accomplished this was they purified themselves by washing their clothes, their hands and their feet. The blood of a red heifer was offered. The priesthood of the New Covenant accomplishes sanctification strictly by faith in the blood of Jesus alone!

The regeneration of the Holy Spirit upon the heart of the Christian, or what Paul referred to as growing in Grace, is another matter entirely and ought to be discussed as such. As far as sanctification is concerned the Bible is very clear about the matter. “We are sanctified by through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Sanctification should never be confused with “growing in grace,” the “regeneration of the Holy Spirit” or the “renewing of our mind,” etc.”

One identifying mark of “legalism” is “Attempting to be sanctified by one’s own works” - Reformation Theologies 12 points for Identifying Legalism – Point # 3

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Sanctification is not something we need to “work” towards achieving over a lifetime. In a judicial sense “sanctification” happens the moment the repentant sinner accepts Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Judicially “sanctification” & “perfection” is a finished work of the Cross, and has nothing to do with our own good behavior. We are judicially Sanctification and Perfected in the sight of God once and for all through faith in Jesus broken body and spilled blood, not by the individuals own good behavior!

By the which will we are (present tense) sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL! But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; (This emphasizes His FINISHED work.) For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:10,12,14

Once we have accepted the Good News in a “judicial sense” i.e. before God’s judgment we have been 100% sanctified and are viewed waring the the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

Our flesh is a child of the first Adam, and because of our sinfulness we are worthy of God’s wrath. We are born into this world as “children of disobedience,” and for this reason we must be born again into the family of the second Adam, Jesus Christ. Even after conversion we are still corruptible sinful human beings who continue to make mistakes. Our flesh does not become incorruptible until the day we are changed “at the last trump” “from corruptible to incorruptible” 1 Corinthians 15:51-57. Our sanctification is one of those things that fall under the declaration of Christ upon the Cross,” IT IS FINISHED!” Once we have accepted the Good News in a “judicial sense” legally before God’s judgment we have been Sanctified and made perfect “in Jesus.”

The Apostle Paul wrestled with his sinful nature his entire life:

“Yes, I know that nothing good lives in me—I mean nothing good lives in the part of me that is earthly and sinful. I want to do the things that are good, but I do not do them. I do not do the good things I want to do, but I do the bad things I do not want to do. So if I do things I do not want to do, then I am not the one doing them. It is sin living in me that does those things.” Romans 7:18-20.

Jesus recognized that, “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41.

Despite Paul’s weaknesses and failings, he was able to tell Timothy, Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8. Paul did not give license to surrender to the sinful nature, rather he encouraged us turn from it, and to “think on these things.” “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8.

Paul recognized how important it is for us to direct our thoughts upon spiritual matters. “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5

When we channel our thoughts in the right direction, by meditating on scripture, we place our selves in God’s loving care and surrender ourselves for the Holy Spirit to renew our minds. The scriptures encourage us to repent and turn from our wicked ways. We are not given license to sin, rather we are commanded to no longer walk after the flesh, but to resist it, and believe the promise that the devil will flee. The regeneration of the Holy Spirit is a cooperative work accomplished in our hearts to make us more like Christ so long as we surrender ourselves to God’s will and remain humble instruments.

The regeneration of the Holy Spirit is not something that can be gained through “earnest effort,” or “trying harder!” Rather it can only be accomplished through surrender. Once we surrender it is God who “worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13. This is what it means to “grow in grace.” Sanctification on the other hand is an entirely separate matter having to do with our judicial standing before God. It is sanctification, which makes us worthy to becomes sons of God the moment we believe on Jesus Christ and repent of our sins.

In Old Testament times the levitical priests could not minister to the Lord until they were sanctified.Let the priests also, which come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD break forth upon them.”I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest’s office. ” Exodus 19:22; 29:44. The levitical priests did not need to perform good works for an entire lifetime before they could minister the office of the priest. They were sanctified instantly by the blood of a sacrifice! In the same way the Christian is instantly sanctified by the blood of the Lamb of God – Jesus Christ!

Every born again Christian has been made a priest unto the Lord!

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:6.
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. Revelation 5:10.
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood,to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: 1 Peter 2:9.
Every born again Christian is sanctified of God i.e. called into a holy priesthood and ministers of the gospel. We are all called to be ambassadors for Christ to reconcile men to God. You need not wait until you are perfect in the flesh, and never sin again. If you are waiting for that you will never begin your work before the Second Coming of Christ! We have the good news that we are sanctified and we are a royal priesthood.
We discuss justification in another post. But here is one key difference between justification and sanctification. Justification gives us the judicial pardon from our sins, i.e. gives to us God’s forgiveness. Sanctification on the other hand is what judicially declares us to be righteous. You cannot enter heaven with out both. Forgiveness all by itself is not enough! We must be found wearing the wedding garment, clothed in the sanctified righteousness of Jesus Christ.
When Jesus was pierced through His side a flow came of both blood and water. Some believe it is the blood which justifies us, it is the water which sanctifies us. The blood paid for our sins. The water represents the purity which we have in the sight of God through the Cross.

This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 1 John 5:6

Sanctification is A Finished Work of the Cross

By the which will we are (present tense) sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL! But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; (This emphasizes His FINISHED work.) For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:10,12,14

And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are (present tense) sanctified. Acts 20:32

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are (present tense) sanctified by faith that is in me. Acts 26:18

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are (present tense) sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 1 Corinthians 1:2

And such were some of you: but ye are (present tense) washed, but ye are (present tense) sanctified, but ye are (present tense) justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

For both he that sanctifieth and they who are (present tense) sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Hebrews 2:11

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are (present tense) sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, Jude 1:1

Sanctification is a gift of God, it cannot be earned, neither can it be achieved through a lifetime of effort and good behavior. We are sanctified by the righteousness of Jesus Christ alone, not of our selves, not of works lest any man should boast!

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT SANCTIFICATION, PLEASE CONTINUE READING THE COMMENTS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THIS POST!

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  • mrloudcry says:

    Additional Notes for Seventh-day Adventists (Very helpful for everyone else too!)

    Response # 1 Acts of the Apostles p. 560.

    Ellen White said, “Sanctification is not the work of a moment” (E. G. White, Acts of the Apostles p. 560)

    Don’t you believe it! It happens the moment you believe on Jesus Christ!

    “Sanctification is the result of lifelong obedience.” Ibid.

    As we discussed earlier, Sanctification is a gift given us freely through faith in Jesus broken body and spilled blood on the Cross. In Acts of the Apostles p. 560 Ellen teaches us nothing about this wonderful good news so oft repeated in scripture. Instead she teaches us another gospel, i.e. sanctification through our own works and earnest efforts.

    One identifying mark of “legalism” is “attempting to be sanctified by one’s own works” – Reformation Theologies 12 points for Identifying Legalism – Point # 3.

    Let’s look at the modes to achieving sanctification according the Ellen’s gospel. “Sanctification is the result of lifelong obedience” and “persevering effort, sore discipline, and stern conflict.” This is precisely what both Catholic and Buddhist monks practice in their monastic orders. This is precisely what the Jewish leaders practiced in the days of Christ. “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” Romans 10:3.

    But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; Romans 9:31-32

    This is precisely what Ellen’s gospel teaches us: That we are to establish our own sanctification/righteousness by the works of the law. If the modes of achieving sanctification outlined in Acts of the Apostles p. 560 were right, then sanctification/righteousness would no longer be a gift, but something that is earned or achieved through self effort. Thus making self its own savior.

    “When people work, their pay is not given as a gift, but as something earned.” Romans 4:4 (NCV)

    And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. Romans 11:6

    This teaching in Acts of the Apostles p. 560 stems from Ellen’s Investigative Judgment theory, which advocates, that we retain justification and have our sins blotted out through the works of the law.

    Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16

    “Legalism could be defined as any attempt to rely on self-effort to either attain or maintain our justification before God.” http://www.reformationtheology.com

    Another identifying mark of “legalism” is “Any post-salvation attempt to maintain our judicial standing before God through good works.” Reformation Theologies 12 points for Identifying Legalism – Point # 5.

    As we discussed earlier, in point # 1 we are sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
    “This only would I learn of you, received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?’ Galatians 3:2.

    In Acts of the Apostles p. 560 Ellen categorically denies that sanctification happens immediately when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. This denial is a striking contradiction against Hebrews 10;10. Not to mention a contradiction against the whole of the New Testament that harmoniously teaches that we ARE sanctified. Not only does she deny that we ARE sanctified; she went on record that “he should never dare to say, “I am saved.“ (Selected Messages Book 1 page, 315), rather should keep working for it. That statement is a reproach against the nearly 2 dozen scriptures which categorically say that we ARE saved.

    Who hath (past tense) saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” 2 Timothy 1:9

    Notice, that salvation is not based on our works, but according to God’s grace promised before the world began.
    “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;” Titus 1:2

    Righteousness is imputed to us by faith in God’s promises, not by our own works.

    Romans 4:6-8 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

    Romans 4:13-16 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 for if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 16 therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

    Romans 4:20-24 He staggered not at the promise of god through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24 but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our lord from the dead;

    Ellen’s gospel is that “Sanctification is the result of lifelong obedience” and “persevering effort, sore discipline, and stern conflict.” – Acts of the Apostles p. 560.

    Paul’s gospel on the other hand is “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.

    What we have seen in the points I shared earlier, and in this response, that sanctification / righteousness is bestowed by faith in Christ alone, and cannot be achieved by works. The Christian ought to live a life of repentance and self-denial, however not to merit or earn his salvation, rather because he has been saved by grace. The Bible has much to say about the Christian gaining new victories over sin in his life, and growing in grace. We certainly ought to strive towards this goal, and love God with all our strength. However we should never approach these goals believing this makes us worthy of sanctification/righteousness/salvation.

    Christ IS our sanctification / righteousness / salvation. We receive sanctification / righteousness / salvation by accepting Christ, it is “not of ourselves, not of works lest any man should boast!”

  • mrloudcry says:

    More Additional Notes for Seventh-day Adventists (Very helpful for everyone else too!)

    Response # 2 Philippians 3:12
    Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12

    As it will be seen the stage of perfection that Paul refers to here is glorification – and not sanctification, as has been supposed by the Seventh-day Adventists. Glorification is our total transformation granted us at translation and the resurrection.

    If by any means I MIGHT ATTAIN UNTO THE RESURRECTION of the dead. NOT AS THOUGH I HAD ALREADY ATTAINED, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:11-12

    Glorification grants us LITERAL perfection of mind, body, and heart. Whereas Sanctification grants us JUDICIAL perfection / righteousness before God and the judgment.

    Paul recognized that the only real righteousness of any value on this side of the resurrection, is granted us solely by faith alone.

    And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Philippians 3:9

    Righteousness that is ascribed to Christians this side of the resurrection is not LITERAL, rather it is IMPUTED and it is JUDICIAL. Any literal righteousness we actually perform this side of the resurrection is spiritually counted as nothing more than filthy rags. Nevertheless Paul here tells us we ought to strive towards LITERAL righteousness, not in order to merit or retain our JUDICIALLY imputed righteousness (sanctification), but rather because Christians ought to live as closely to our example in Christ Jesus as possible.

    I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. Philippians 3:14-16

    Paul’s instruction to live according to the literally perfect example of Jesus, was not to detract from the realty of our JUDICIAL perfection /righteousness (sanctification), which we already have by faith.

    “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect (present tense), be thus minded…” Philippians 3:15

    Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained (present tense, judicially) , let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing (literally). Philippians 3:16

    In other words, although we already have imputed righteousness, by faith alone, we still ought to follow the example of Jesus as closely as possible.

    Glorification = literal righteousness
    Sanctification = judicially imputed righteousness

    According to Ellen White’s gospel, sanctification was a process of literally achieving the same level of literal perfection that the Bible teaches the saints will have after the resurrection i.e. glorification.

    Ellen taught that literal perfection had to be obtained BEFORE glorification, and in her mind this was sanctification.

    In Great Controversy we find just how literally perfect you had to according to Ellen’s version of the gospel. She taught that we would have to live without a mediator BEFORE the resurrection i.e. BEFORE glorification. During that time they would be LITERALLY perfect while still living in fallen sinful flesh.

    Paul taught us that literal perfection would not be obtained until AFTER the resurrection i.e. glorification.

    “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, AND THE DEAD SHALL BE RAISED INCORRUPTIBLE, AND WE SHALL BE CHANGED. FOR THIS CORRUPTIBLE MUST PUT ON INCORRUPTION, AND THIS MORTAL MUST PUT ON IMMORTALITY. SO WHEN THIS CORRUPTIBLE SHALL HAVE PUT ON INCORRUPTION, AND THIS MORTAL SHALL HAVE PUT ON IMMORTALITY, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-57

    Ellen White’s theory that we must one day live WITHOUT a mediator teaches that we must LITERALLY be incorruptible BEFORE we are changed at the resurrection. Paul plainly teaches that we do not become incorruptible until after the resurrection i.e. glorification alone gives to us a literal perfection.

    Ellen White’s theory that we must one day live WITHOUT a mediator is actually quite appalling, once we stop and realize what this means. The ‘saints’ in her mind were no longer dependent upon Jesus for their righteousness, just before the second coming. They no longer need the Savior to save them. Why? Because they had according to her teachings achieved the righteousness that is by the law. This contradicts the writings of Paul so grossly, that I do not even know where to begin. However I did cover many of the verses I would use at this point in “response 1.” Therefore I will simply refer you back to that document at this time.

    “be thus minded” Philippians 3:15
    “let us mind the same thing” Philippians 3:16.
    Paul used this same kind of speech in the previous chapter.
    “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” Philippians 2:5.

    And what mind is that? To esteem the needs of others even more than our own. In other words LOVE ONE ANOTHER!

    Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:2-5

    Adventists oft quote Matthew 5:48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” However fail to recognize the context which led up to this statement. What is the perfection in context here? Jesus had just given one of his most glorious teachings, “love your enemy.” In regards to this kind of love, we are to be perfect, just as our Heavenly Father is perfect in his love towards his enemies. Philippians chapters 2 and 3 repeats this admonition. We need to have this mind in us that was in Christ Jesus. Our Judicially imputed righteousness does not detract from our need to love one another as Christ has loved us. We may not have attained literal perfection, because we have not been resurrected yet, however we can still strive to love others with the same mind that Christ has towards us.

  • mrloudcry says:

    More Additional Notes for Seventh-day Adventists (Very helpful for everyone else too!)

    Response # 3 – Revelation 2:17

    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. Revelation 2:17

    “The Nicolaitanes taught the community of wives, that adultery and fornication were things indifferent, that eating meats offered to idols was quite lawful; and mixed several pagan rites with the Christian ceremonies. Augustine, Irenaeus, Clemens Alexandrinus, and Tertullian, have spoken largely concerning them.” Adam Clarkes Commentary

    “To him that overcometh; the Balaamites and Nicolaitans, and do not give in to the doctrines and practices of the one, or of the other,” John Gills Commentary.

    Both Balaam and the Nicolaitanes taught fornication was acceptable. Something which the gospel of Jesus Christ and the writings of Paul do not permit, upon pain of exclusion from the kingdom of God.

    I discuss this in my article, “Forgiveness of Sins Past Present and Future”
    http://loudcry.org/forgiveness-of-sins-past-present-and-future/

    Christians most certainly must overcome all temptations to commit adultery and fornication. I believe in repentance, and further believe we ought to strive to obey all the commandments given us by Christ and His apostles.
    For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4

    Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:5

    These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39

    The messages to the 7 churches oft repeats the truth, that we must overcome against all false prophets, and false gospels, that make us lukewarm and lead us to fall away from our first love, Jesus Christ, and total fidelity to His teachings!

  • mrloudcry says:

    More Additional Notes for Seventh-day Adventists (Very helpful for everyone else too!)

    Response # 4 – 2 Timothy 2:21

    “2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these,…. That is, if a man clears himself, and keeps himself clear from such men as Hymenaeus and Philetus, who are comparable to wooden and earthen vessels, and are dishonourable ones; if he shuns their defiling company, and polluting principles; if he keeps clear of their heresies, and is not carried away with the errors of these wicked men, and is not drawn aside by them into immoral practices, but stands fast in the faith, and departs from iniquity:” John Gills Commentary.

    “If a man therefore purge himself from these – He that takes heed to his ways and to his doctrines, and walks with God, will separate himself, not only from all false doctrine, but from all wicked men, and thus be sanctified and proper to be employed by the Master in every good word and work.” Adam Clarke’s commenatry

    2 Timothy 2:21 If a man purge himself from these – Vessels of dishonour, so as to have no fellowship with them (Hymenaeus and Philetus).” John Wesley’s commentary

  • mrloudcry says:

    More Additional Notes for Seventh-day Adventists (Very helpful for everyone else too!)

    Response # 5 1 John 3:3

    “Purifieth himself even as he is pure;”

    “Not that any man can purify or cleanse himself from sin, this is only owing to the grace of God and blood of Christ; nor that any man can be so pure and holy as Christ is, who is free from all sin, both original and actual; but this must be understood either of a man that has faith and hope in Christ, dealing by these with the blood of Christ for purity and cleansing, with whom and which these graces are conversant for such purposes; or of such a person’s imitating of Christ in the holiness of his life and conversation, making him his pattern and example, studying to walk as he walked; to which he is the more excited and stimulated by the hope he has of being a Son of God, a dear child of his, and therefore ought to be a follower of him, and walk as Christ walked, in humility; love, patience, and in other acts of holiness.” Adam Clarke’s Commentary.

    And such were some of you: but YE ARE WASHED, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

    And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Revelation 1:5

    And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:14

    Brothers and sisters in the Adventist church: for Ellen White the blotting out of sin (washing them away) did not begin until 1844. Under her gospel your own sins have yet to be washed away after your own works of righteousness are measured, when your own names comes up for review during her “investigative judgment” theory. But for me, and the rest of Christianity, our sins have already been washed away, by the blood of the Lamb.

    Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-7

    Are we sanctifed now? Ellen NO! Bible YES!
    Are our sins washed away already? Ellen NO! Bible YES!
    Do we have the seal of God now? Ellen NO! Bible YES!
    Are we saved right now? Ellen NO! Bible YES!
    Have we already reeived the atonement? Ellen NO! Bible YES!

    Are we justified by obedience to the law? Ellen YES! Bible NO!
    Will we become incorruptible BEFORE being translated? Ellen YES! Bible NO!

    Brothers and sisters in the Adventist church: there are a great many things that “sound very Christian” in the writings of Ellen White, such as Acts of the Apostles p. 560. which in fact actually contradicts the Bible. It does not matter how religious something sounds, if it goes against scripture it is in fact “another gospel.” I know your instincts are to hang on to her with all your life right now. What I am praying is that you will love the word of God (the Bible) more than Ellen White. Test these things out by the word of God (the Bible) look up all these verses in your own Bible.

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