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Summary: What is holiness? What does it mean to be sanctified?

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1. God is holy.

2. God calls us to be holy.

3. We are born unholy, with a sin nature that produces acts of sin.

4. This nature remains in the heart after repentance and faith.

All orthodox churches believe these first 4!

As Wesleyans/Methodists/Holiness people, we would add:

5. God has provided a way to deal with that nature, cleansing the heart by filling it with the Holy Spirit.

There's something more for you after you've been saved.

Two examples:

Jesus' disciples:

1. They were real Christians.

John 17:8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.

9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.

2. They needed something more.

Acts 1:4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.

5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

3. They received the filling of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting...

4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit...

4. The giving of the Holy Spirit purified their hearts by faith.

Acts 15:8 God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.

9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.

The Thessalonian Christians:

1. They were real Christians.

1 Thessalonians 1:3 We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,

5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.

2. They needed something more.

1 Thessalonians 3:9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?

10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality...

7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.

3. They needed to be sanctified -- entirely.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through (entirely - NAS). May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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