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)!

God Makes the Spiritual Connection

“Men say (backed up solely by the theories of evolution) me, me, me, I, I, I can do it all without any help from above, just watch me; I will conquer the universe above, and all by myself, as man thinks this is his evolving destiny! However, God says about His beloved man, he already commenced in perfection, he then fell to sin, he fell from Paradise, he fell from grace, he earned a sin nature and his reward has been and still is “death” (Romans 6:23, Hebrews 9:27), and he is in desperate need of a Savior and atonement for his sin in order to advance back up! Men say I already have a best friend; it is my dog (spelled backward from the Creator’s name ― God). God was man’s best friend in the Garden, and He can become ours when God makes the spiritual connection and we answer His call.” ~LMJ~

God’s Garden

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When I recall first becoming a Christian at age twenty, one huge concern of mine was about making any kind of commitment to God because ever since I was a child I heard and learned that Christians must suffer their way up to heaven. I was told that Christians could not have any fun in life, and I really did not want any part of that kind of life. But when I finally came to the Word of God, I began realizing that walking with God was fun, and that Jesus Christ suffered so that I did not need to, as I had feared.

There is nothing equal on earth in comparison to what we currently can receive from God. I used to think that the very best time to get saved was after I enjoyed life (like on my deathbed). Yet God’s wonderful healing Word has made my life such a pleasurable joy that the old way I used to think and behave is almost like looking back on an elusive nightmare, for there is no comparison on this earth to enjoying life with God and personally knowing Jesus Christ, my Savior.

Over time, committing my life to God became easier as His Word began to lift me up from within, and it has been a wonderful experience for me to also see how God works the same miracle in the hearts of other believers.

Romans 12:1–2:
-1: I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
-2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

In this study, I wanted to highlight the phrase “present your bodies a living sacrifice.” This implies that God desires us to commit ourselves (presenting the whole person – wholly unto Him); for in doing so we will begin proving to our inner conscious minds that the will of God is so “good,” and completely “acceptable,” and even “perfect!”

When we begin committing our lives to God (our bodies, i.e., our very souls) we can then begin proving to ourselves that life with Him is truly spectacular and always rewarding. This is “Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10).

To name just a few things that are acceptable that can be proven are: His love that we have within, which we may daily utilize; that we have joy overflowing, which we may bask in; that we have God in Christ in us, which is certainly much greater than walking alone without God in this world. This is why the greatest giving that man could ever give is to commit oneself to God Who is the Father of Lights. Then beyond this, the receiving from our heavenly Father truly flourishes in one’s spiritual growth, and the reason why may just blow your mind (so-to-speak).

I Corinthians 3:9 (The Amplified Bible): **
For we are fellow workman (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under {God’s} cultivation, [you are] God’s building.

Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of God and they were to cultivate the Garden themselves (Genesis 2:15) while they lived in complete serenity with God in His divine grace. Yet as we know, they fell from grace with the entrance of sin while Paradise, the Garden of God, ceased to exist for man. However today, because of the redemption we received by the completed work of Christ, we can now walk again with God in His divine grace equal to that of Adam and Eve’s original fellowship and union with God. We are now laborers together with God in His cultivated home in fleshy tables of the human heart (II Corinthians 3:3, 4:7).

We are a new spiritual Garden of God’s making and design, wherein God provides the cultivating, nurturing, and growth of our spiritual lives, and in our hearts is where we may freely commit our very souls to Him.

In God’s Garden, we are the sweet fragrance of Christ to Him (Ephesians 5:1–2). It is interesting to note that the word for “grow” in Matthew 6:28 for the growth life of lilies is the Greek word auxano and means to grow from within without compulsion, in the best conditions, having the best light for photosynthesis to promulgate the growth of life from within. This word is also used for the growth of the temple of God whom we are (Ephesians 2:21–22), for we are continuously growing in and with God’s cultivation, immersed in the light of His love (Ephesians 4:16).

Today we walk with the Father in the Garden of His delight wherein He is our sufficiency as He continues to deliver and honor us. “He {you and I} shall call upon me {God}, and I will answer him: I will be with him in {or through} trouble; I will deliver him {from trouble}, and {I God will} honour him” (Psalms 91:15). WOW – God honors us! “For in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28); and this is why we are “called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified {by believers}” (Isaiah 61:3).

We today are God’s spiritual Garden, for we are His habitation (Ephesians 2:22), living in and enjoying our heavenly Father’s own cultivating. He gently pulls out the weeds of doubts, worries, and fears, and increases our confidence, trust, and believing faith to commit ourselves to His healing Word. Jesus said, “Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up” (Matthew 15:13). In other words, our heavenly Father can deliver us from whatever holds us captive, no matter how deeply seated (or seeded) it may be, for God is the cultivator of the human heart.

God warms our souls in His marvelous light as He gives us spiritual growth that blossoms out from our heart’s commitment to Him.

Giving of oneself to God is the greatest act of giving because it is the greatest act of receiving God’s loving-kindness within!

We may plant and water by placing the healing Word of God in our minds. Simultaneously our heavenly Father will cultivate and give us the increase (auxano), with which we need to grow in the spiritual Garden of God’s care as we enjoy a continued perpetual springtime.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

The Image of the Heavenly (Promised to You)

“You were created in His image and likeness, you are the garden man, formed from this earth, day six; The first man is of the earth, earthy– I Corinthians 15:47. Man’s inner feelings of superiority and caretaker concerns over this earth were implanted in him for a reason; he is ever being drawn back to this earth from whence he came. And some, through faith, are further drawn up to commune with his or her Maker to where he or she is going. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly– I Corinthians 15:49.” ~LMJ~