A Glorious Church Sermon Series Part 2
Intro: We will look at the first part of verse 26 today. “That he might sanctify and cleanse it…”
I. Positional Sanctification
This is not talking about the initial purging that occurred when we got saved.
This is known as POSITIONAL SANCTIFICATION.
I Peter 1
- 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
At the Cross of Calvary, the sins of every man, woman, boy and girl was paid for.
The atonement for sin was guaranteed for all mankind – if they simply accept it by faith.
- Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
REMISSION: release from bondage or imprisonment; forgiveness or pardon, of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty
When we were saved, our sins were dealt with in the most unbelievable, final way.
David said it like this:
- Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Micah said it like this:
- Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
John the Baptist said it like this:
- John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
I Corinthians 6
- 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
- 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
- 11 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.
- Titus 3:5 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;
There is the initial cleansing of salvation.
That can never be undone.
That can never be taken away.
That can never be nullified.
Then there is the daily cleansing of sanctification.
II. Progressive Sanctification
The cleansing here in our text is talking about the ongoing, continual, progressive sanctification of the believer.
The sanctifying and cleansing taking place here is for a group of people that have already been purged – the church!
This is what this passage is talking about.
This is known as PROGRESSIVE SANCTIFICATION.
The sanctifying and the washing of the child of God never ends.
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
It is the plan and will of God for the church to continually be sanctified and continually washed and cleansed.
Next week, we will examine the PROCESS by which this occurs.
But today, we want to look at our attitude and responsibility to work with God in this area of continual cleansing.
In the Old Testament, the Nation of Israel would enter into the Tabernacle.
The first piece of furniture was the Brazen Altar. This was a picture of salvation. Blood atonement was made here.
The very next piece of furniture was the Brazen Laver. This was a picture of sanctification.
It was a huge bowl of water where the people washed themselves.
The initial purging of salvation is a one-and-done work of God. A supernatural cleansing that only He can do.
III. Practical Sanctification
The sanctification of the saint is an all day, every day cooperating with God and His Spirit process.
This will require a submission to His will and an understanding of HIS definition of holiness and sanctification.
Illustration: When we were missionaries in South Africa, we bought some meat at a discount market. We didn’t know better. We were just trying to save money. I grilled the meat like I always did and the next day I got deathly sick. I was so sick that I brought Grace into the bedroom and explained to her what to do in case I died. I walked her through the entire process of moving back to the States if something happened to me. I was so sick it was about three or four days before I felt like leaving the house to go to the doctor. Turns out, I had a bad case of E.coli. The doctor simply concluded that I had eaten some “bad meat”. After I got better, I began to ask around, and found out that nobody bought meat from the place we had got our meat. The reason being, they didn’t hang up their animals when they processed them. They processed them on the floor. Pork, beef, goats, you name it – all slaughtered on the floor and processed on the floor. What happened? They had a different standard of cleanliness and acceptable sanitary standards than I did.
God has a clearly defined standard of cleanliness.
Our standard should rise to HIS standard.
God will point out areas that need to be addressed.
God demands cleanliness in all areas.
Clean Hands and Clean Heart
- James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
- 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
- 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
- 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Even as believers, we can revert to the thoughts and thinking patterns of the “old man”.
- 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
- 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
- 21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
- 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
David prayed for cleansing and washing in Psalm 51. – see verses 2, 7, 10
A great example of this daily washing is found in John 13.
- 4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
- 5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
- 6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
- 7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
- 8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
- 9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
- 10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
- 11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.