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SANCTIFICATION:
Jesus Is The Answer
To Your Needs

Doctrinal Statement on Sanctification

Just as Man is not the answer to his salvation so Man is not the answer to his sanctification. 1 Corinthians 1:30 states "But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification, and redemption." Only Jesus can save us and only Jesus can sanctify us. Paul wrote in Romans 7:24-8:1

"Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus-Christ-our-Adonai! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ-Jesus."

In this passage Paul tells us (actually in all of Romans 7-8) he was not able to sanctify himself. When he cried out to God for the answer, He showed Paul that just as Jesus was his only answer for salvation so Jesus is his only answer in sanctification. Paul does not say at this revelation all his problems suddenly disappeared. He states that with his mind he agrees with Godís moral laws that they are right, but that with his body, whether he wants to or not, he continues to serve sin. But now knowing that only Jesus can change him and make him what He created him to be and that his problems are now no longer his own, but the Lordís, Paul can be happy in Jesus despite his current problems in the flesh because there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.

How do we have victory over sin and how do we draw upon Jesusí power of sanctification? This issue and the work of the Holy Spirit related are discussed extensively in my books titled Jesus Is The Answer To Your Needs; in Section 4 of my Basic Textbook of Evangelism titled Evangelism: the Time Is Now!; and in Section 4 of my Advanced textbook titled Relationship With Jesus the Key to Effective Ministry.

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