The Right to Our Sanctification

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When God’s healing Word says that we are complete in Him in Colossians 2:11, we can accept it as truth, and knowing the truth about how completed we truly are is a wonderful study in the Scriptures. Sanctification is a right that every Christian believer has. We are sanctified in Christ in his accomplishments for us. We probably could not count how often we have heard the phrase “for our sins.” For instance, Jesus gave himself for our sins and he bore our sins and he was the propitiation for our sins and he died for our sins and he purged us of our sins. These phrases have been run together so often that the true spiritual significance of each one has never been thoroughly understood. They are all different and each phrase carries a specific action that Jesus fulfilled on our behalf so that God could present to us our spiritual rights, and the right to our sanctification is one of them.

Galatians 1:4 – Who {Jesus Christ} gave himself for our sins, that {purpose} he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to {i.e., by the standard of} the will of God and our Father:

Jesus literally gave himself for our sins with a purpose in mind, and that purpose was to deliver us from this present (and still currently) evil world. Why? That was the will of God. When Jesus was in the garden on the Mount of Olives he prayed that if there was any other way than to give his life for humanity, then he wanted to take another route. However, there was no other way and so he confessed “nevertheless not my will, but thine {God’s will}, be done” (Luke 22:42). This is when Jesus made up his mind to give, offering his sinless body for our sins.

Hebrews 10:10 – By the which will {God’s will} we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

I Thessalonians 4:3a – For this is the will of God, even your sanctification . . .

We are sanctified because Jesus offered himself, his body for our sins. Sanctification means that we are permanently set apart for heaven because our sanctification is a spiritual and legal right as the children of God. Sanctified also means that God has delivered and separated us from this evil world so that we could live in the true graces of God’s will. When Jesus offered and thus gave himself for our sins he was literally making available to humanity the God-given spiritual right to live sanctified and separated from the evils in this world. We, as the children of God, can claim this right of sanctification in Christ’s name, and because this was and still is the will of God we have the God-given right to our sanctification in Christ. All we need to do is accept that Jesus indeed gave himself for our sins so that we may receive the literal and complete sanctification of God.

Acts 10:43 – To him {Jesus Christ} give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission {a complete washing away} of sins.

Through the name of Jesus Christ that we have believed in, we have received the remission of our sins. God’s will is for His children to live their lives as free from our sins as is humanly possible. Jesus blazed a trail for us to God’s heart and sanctification by God when he gave himself for our sins. God simultaneously gave us the magnificent right to realize our own sanctification that in other words means that we have been set apart for heaven! So then, it is true what they say — you are sanctified holy! Selah (pause and calmly think of that)!

The Prize

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Philippians 3:11-12:
-11: If by any means I might obtain unto the resurrection of the dead.
-12: Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

In verse 11 the Apostle Paul wanted, if possible, to be alive when Christ returns. The word “obtain” literally means to be here on earth (alive), the word “unto” means to reach the destination fully, and the “resurrection” in the Greek text means a rising out from among (the dead). Paul wanted to be alive at the “out resurrection” of the dead. The Christians who have passed away would be those who are raised out and up from among all the dead, but Paul hoped to be alive when Christ returned.

At the return is when Paul, you, and I will be perfected with our new bodies. The hope that Paul followed in his believing was to anticipate, every day, the actual return of Christ. Paul wanted to actually be here physically to see his body change from earthly to heavenly. This is the prize that God will give to the living believers. It is certain that there are many more Christians (through the centuries) that have fallen asleep in Jesus, and in the scope of this bigger picture, the living will be few in comparison with all who will be raised at Christ’s return. The living will have the blessing to experience the actual changing of our old earthly bodies into new heavenly bodies and to have this in our memories for eternity.  We may look forward to this wonderful prize.

Philippians 3:13-14:
-13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended {the prize yet}: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind {the past}, and reaching forth unto those things which are before {the return},
-14: I press toward the mark {finish line} for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

What a magnificent lesson we have here. First, Paul teaches that the “one thing” has two aspects: (1) forgetting the past, and (2) reaching forward. The reason for this is that only as we let the past fall by the wayside will we have room for the hope of the future, the hope in Christ’s return, to receive the prize. This is the believer’s “high calling.” We all have been called into God’s grace, but the high point of His calling will be the return of Christ!

With the anticipation of our future hope, the past can be put to rest. Looking forward to the return of Christ, anticipating the joy and excitement of this marvelous prize, to obtain “the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” is the believer’s greatest hope because it will deliver over to you one of the greatest prizes that can be received. It is receiving an eternal treasure even before you arrive into heaven (for you will be transformed as your feet leave this earth), and in heaven is where and when you will receive all the rest of your rewards for believing God’s Word today.

The Prize of the High Calling

Philippians 3:13-14:
-13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended {the prize yet}: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind {the past}, and reaching forth unto those things which are before {the return},
-14: I press toward the mark {finish line} for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

“What a magnificent lesson we have here. First, Paul teaches that the one thing has two aspects: (1) forgetting the past, and (2) reaching forward. The reason for this is that only as we let the past fall by the wayside will we have room for the hope of the future, the hope in Christ’s return, to receive the prize. This is the believer’s high calling. We all have been called into God’s grace, but the high point of His calling will be the return of Christ! With the anticipation of our future hope, the past can be put to rest. Looking forward to the return of Christ, anticipating the joy and excitement of this marvelous prize, to obtain the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, is the believer’s greatest hope because it will deliver over to you one of the greatest prizes that can be received. It is receiving an eternal treasure even before you arrive into heaven (for you will be transformed as your feet leave this earth), and in heaven is where and when you will receive all the rest of your rewards for believing God’s Word today.” ~LMJ~

Christ in You

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Church Epistles reveal many wonderful truths to the believer, and the Apostle Paul was given the New Testament truths concerning the administration of God’s divine grace. God called Paul to be a minister of Jesus Christ, to reveal to God’s Church new light that was never made known before the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2. Jesus had said in the Gospel of John 16:12; “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” Those things were finally given to Paul and he revealed them to us throughout the Church Epistles.

Colossians 1:25 – Whereof {in the revelation of God’s Church, which is the body of Christ, and in him we are members} I am made a minister, according to the dispensation {administration} of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

Paul was given the revelation that even Jesus Christ in the Gospel period could not reveal to the believers, but Paul in grace was given what we can now carry in the heart of our understanding, which information would “fulfil the word of God.”

Colossians 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

The mystery was given to Paul, and Paul shared the information regarding the mystery with fellow saints, fellow believers. The mystery literally is that believers, Christians, are members of the spiritual body of Christ. Ephesians chapter 3 reveals to us “whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:4). Paul’s job was to make the mystery clearly understood, and as believers began to understand it, then, and only then, would God reveal even greater truths directly to His children by inspiration and by direct revelation.

Colossians 1:27 – To whom {His saints} God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

What is it to have “Christ in you?” Many people may think that they can explain this to you; however, my Bible, and every other Bible clearly says that God Himself makes known the full extent of the riches of the glory of the mystery, which is having Christ in you. Everything Christ is, is in you, his love, his power, and his standing at the right hand of God which is our riches in glory in Christ with God! Only God, and God alone, can inspire your heart with heavenly inspiration and divine revelations giving you perfect understanding to personally know the “Christ in you!”

The word “Christian” means Christ within; this is not a symbolic term, but rather it is a spiritual reality that we absolutely have Christ within. Paul in the Epistles fulfilled his ministry and his calling by making known the mystery of the oneness of God’s Church, the body of Christ of which we are all members. As we continue believing and understanding this magnificent revelation, God Himself, as the inspiration and Creator of life, goes to work revealing within our own hearts His riches within us, His Christ within us, His spiritual seed that continues growing within.

This is our eternal gift, and the hope of our future glory to be with God in heaven with Christ for eternity.

May our God continue revealing to you the true riches of His glory, the “Christ in you!”

Our Identity in Christ (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ completely identified with sinful man by giving his precious life and blood for humanity upon the cross.  The resurrected Christ Jesus now gives believers a new identity in him through his resurrection. He is our big brother, our only Savior, and our special interceder. The more we learn about Christ Jesus from the Scriptures, the more we will truly find ourselves to be in him for eternity.

Colossians 3:1 – IF ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

The word “IF” means since, and since we are truly spiritually risen with Christ to the right hand of God, we are also instructed to seek those things that are above. Well what is above? Christ is for starters, he is physically in heaven and spiritually within our hearts while we are physically on earth but we are spiritually risen with Christ into the heavenlies to the elevated position of being in Christ in heaven at God’s own right hand. God’s wisdom comes from above (James 3:17), from where we are encouraged to seek our own spiritual identity that we currently have in Christ.

Colossians 3:2 – Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

The word “affection” is the word for our thinking, it is the word used for thoughts in the reasoning process that men and women have, especially regarding spiritual matters. We as believes are encouraged to look to the Scriptures and think about what they say we have from God. Some Christians never even consider what the Scriptures reveal to us regarding spiritual matters. Some think only about things on the earth, and they completely miss out on pure heavenly glimpses that God reveals with spiritual realities that are not only all around, but come from God from above.

Colossians 3:3 – For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Well, being dead does not sound all that terrific! Yet what this means from the Greek text is that spiritually we have died to sin, and now we are spiritually risen to completely live life in the glory of God. What does it mean to say our lives have been hid?  It means that we are spiritually with God, where His divinely given treasures are freely given to us. God’s healing Word comes to life proportionally to our believing in it, and the true treasures of God live in the heart, from where all believing emanates.

Colossians 3:4 – When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

When shall Christ appear? When he returns for us! The life of Christ is our true spiritual life because everything that he is, is already spiritually within us, giving each believer the absolute identity of Christ himself. The more that we learn about Christ Jesus, then, the more we will learn about ourselves and our God-given identity. We: the children of God will absolutely appear with Christ in glory. This may sound almost too good to be true, yet it is true because God’s Word says it is so, for the Word of God lives and abides forever (I Peter 1:23)! Not only is Christ our life and our true identity, but we shall reign with him in all of his magnificent glory.