Summary: What does sanctification mean? It means to 1) separate, 2) dedicate, and 3) to be filled. All of this happens by the power of God; but He will not intrude upon our lives unless we grant Him permission in sincere faith.
"Get the Mansion!"
Author: Dr. Neal Gray
Passage: 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
Purpose: What does sanctification mean? It
means to 1) separate, 2) dedicate, and 3) to be
filled. All of this happens by the power of
God; but He will not intrude upon our lives
unless we grant Him permission in sincere
Last week I had the occasion to go near to
downtown Baltimore, to the world-famous
Johns Hopkins hospital, for a hospital visit
with a person. Even though I received good
instructions on how to get to this hospital,
still I missed the highway exit and had to
find an alternate way.
The road I took put me in the middle of
the old downtown residence area. I want you
to know, (if you haven’t been to this part
of Baltimore, Maryland), that the houses
there are old, small, and ugly. Personally,
I hope I never have to live there.
But it made me think about a parallel
situation we have in our spiritual lives. As
Christians, we are no longer renters in
life; we own land, "spiritual land" if you
will. But without the presence and full
commitment to live our lives as Jesus would
have us to, our life is about as crumbly,
unattractive, and even undesirable as those
God has much work He wants and needs to
do in our lives. And something wonderful
happens when we turn our "homes," i.e., our
lives, over to Jesus for Him to wonderfully,
miraculously transform into "mansions."
Jesus Upgrades Our Lives
The Lord Jesus totally "upgrades" our lives.
He doesn’t simply "fix us up," but rather He
completely changes us into a person who has
magnificent qualities. Consider this passage
written by St. John the Apostle:
And we have come to know and have
believed the love which God has
for us. God is love, and the one
who abides in love abides in God,
and God abides in him. By this,
love is perfected with us, that we
may have confidence in the day of
judgment; BECAUSE AS HE IS, SO
ALSO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD. (1 John
Jesus makes us "as He is"! I would take
it that He expects us--we who are like Him--
to live, think, behave, and set our sights
in life just as He did.
I truly believe that there are great
numbers of Christian men and women who long
daily for the victory of the Risen and
Victorious Christ in their lives, even here
in this world! They want victory in Jesus!
They want to live "as He is." But because of
unbelief, un-surrender, and smallness of
faith, they fail to live deeply in Christ.
So their lives lack the brilliance that
God so much wants to give to them. Listen
closely this morning. Perhaps you and the
Holy Spirit of Christ might come to an
agreement; because Jesus your Savior is
offering to give you so much more right now!
He wants you to have victory right now!
Our Scripture is primarily from 2
Corinthians 6:14-7:1. Let’s see from this
passage that God tells us to "perfect
THE REAL PROBLEM
We who are called "sons and daughters" of
the Lord can be thankful that our heavenly
Father is the God of Peace.
Peace and Reconciliation Go Together
It is a very good thing for us, because by
their very nature, PEACE AND RECONCILIATION
GO TOGETHER. It is useless to seek to be on
good terms with God until you are firmly
convinced by faith and by your heart’s
experience that He is the God of peace.
Look at any person who has just found the
mercy and grace of Christ in their lives.
The first thing that they want to tell you
is that FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR LIFE,
THEY HAVE REAL PEACE.
The Ugliness When We Fail to Live
as the Savior Lived
But, what happens to the freshly new-born
Christian when the influences of the world,
of sinning friends, of pressures to renounce
their new faith creep in? What happens when
the "sons and daughters" of God "touch what
I’ll tell you what happens: that
Christian, who is surely a saved person,
begins to look as ugly as those downtown
shanties. They PROFESS TO BELIEVE in the
awesome power of the Son of God--which means
they know they can be like Him--yet THEY
LIVE AS THOUGH THE DEVILISH GOD OF THIS
WORLD is the one they really want to follow.
Oh yes, there are many ways to disguise
that sinful life. But paint, siding, and
sweeping the front porch can only do so much
to cover the truth of the deteriorating
condition. (Most usually, it is the person
who fools himself or herself with cover-up
tactics.) And the whole world, who sees