“This is the will of GOD, even your sanctification.”— 1.Thessalonians 4:3
A noticeable trend among us has been the one-sided emphasis on justification to the neglect of sanctification. Coming to CHRIST for forgiveness is made the sum total of the message of salvation and CHRIST our righteousness. All people want, it appears, is His imputed and not His imparted righteousness. Why?
Because. Some say, it is not possible to be holy. By this answer they imply that GOD is expecting too much of us by saying, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” Some even shy away from the words, “Follow holiness, without which no man can see the Lord.”—Hebrews 12:14
They do not realize that the Lord justifies the penitent for the express purpose of sanctifying us. When probation closes, GOD will pronounce these solemn words: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”—Revelation 22:11
The saved are righteous, and also holy. For an unjust penitent to be changed into a righteous man takes but a moment – GOD imputes to him the righteousness of CHRIST. Then begins the lifelong process of restoring GOD’S holy image into the repenting soul – CHRIST in you, the hope of glory.” Only thus can CHRIST our righteousness become a living reality and not an empty slogan. Sanctification through faith in CHRIST is GOD’S central message to the world today.
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of CHRIST, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward GOD.”—Hebrews 6:1 Why do some people willingly accept GOD’S forgiving grace but not His sanctifying power? Because they want to go on sinning and be saved in their sins. They want GOD to give them a free ticket to heaven in spite of their incapacity to enjoy it. Thus they accept CHRIST as a good luck charm that will guarantee their security irrespective of their moral condition. They do not really hate sin: so they cannot truly repent, and are far from being justified, let alone being sanctified. A lack of sanctification will cancel the effects of justification.
What put John Bunyan into the tower of Bedford for 30 years by the Church of England? Statements such as this: “The world is full of half priests, who cannot tell the truth and nothing but the truth, for in so doing would only condemn themselves.” He is the author of Pilgrims progress. Phariseeism hasn’t changed much since his days.
“CHRIST victory death was the result of an uninterrupted series of victories over sin in His life on earth. All that overcome temptations will be like Him. Wherein does our teaching on “CHRIST our righteousness” differ from the gospel presented by the popular churches of our day? The difference lies in CHRIST’S Sabbath truth. Ever since the law of GOD was proclaimed in its fullness – since 1844 – the Seventh Day Adventist Church has been GOD’S sole agent to present a full and complete gospel. In Revelation 14 it is called the everlasting gospel, “because only a full and complete gospel can be everlasting.
Is this an empty boast? No, we feel our weaknesses and inadequacy keenly, and dare not make rush assertions: but the truth remains, that whosoever rejects CHRIST’S Sabbath cannot truly accept the Lord of the Sabbath, for that is the mark of identification. He says to the last of the seven churches, “I am the beginning of the creation of GOD.” CHRIST identifies Himself with the day He has sanctified, and to us He assigns the task of proclaiming the everlasting gospel: “Fear GOD, and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment is come, and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of water.”—Revelation 14:7
Multitudes of churches oppose and attack us on CHRIST’S Sabbath declaring it Jewish despite the fact that JESUS said that it was for man or mankind [see Mark 2:27,28] Even apologeticsindex.org insist that we are keeping a Jewish Sabbath. We show them many times, that CHRIST made the world and the Sabbath in Eden and gave it to Adam and Eve 2500 years before the first Jew was born [ see Genesis 2:1-3 ]. They continue to mis-inform the public.
For the hour of GOD’S judgment, commenced in 1844, see 2300 days page, we need all of the 10 Commandments including CHRIST’S Sabbath. James 2:10-12 tells us that we are judged by all of the 10 Commandments and the Sabbath was the missing link. Yet our opponents will insists that James refers to all laws. This is not what James writes, he only mentions a couple of the moral law of the 10 Commandments and not the old sacrificial laws such as the ordinances nailed to the cross [Col.2:14-16]
GOD says that His Sabbath, not the seven Jewish annual Sabbaths, are a part of His sanctification process [ Ezekiel 20:20 ]. It is not the Jews of the 144 000 that will finish the gospel work on earth, but Seventh-Day Adventists. The name means the Seventh-day Sabbath of CHRIST and CHRIST advent or return. Sabbath-breaking is just a sin as the other commandments and there have never been only nine commandments. The soul that sins shall die [Ezekiel 18:4b; 18:20] Those that play the whore [Ezekiel 16:26,28] are many. “Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life.”— Ezekiel 13:22
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