Repentance: the necessary fruit that feeds sanctification

July 6, 2010

“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  ‘Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’”                     Matthew 16:15,16

 There are those who may attempt to discuss sanctification without the necessary preceding and continual repentance.  The truth is that without one, the other cannot exist.  Without repentance, it is impossible to be sanctified.  Without sanctification, it is or is becoming a clear signal that there never was true repentance (Hebrews 6:4-6).  Without the true gospel, then true repentance and sanctification do not mean anything to the sinner.  For prior to sanctification, or the continual work of the holy spirit in one’s life that makes him like Christ until glorification, one must first be brought to their knees in repentance.   

The Christian (and non-Christian) mind needs to be continually reminded of the need to repent of sinful deeds against an infinitely holy God.  Only when this becomes a daily practice, as Paul claimed to die daily to the flesh, its lusts and worldly desires, will one begin to understand the marathon of sanctification.  Daily or continual repentance adds or builds another piece of wood on the house of sanctification, which the ultimate goal is clearly to not sin and to be like Christ.  Since that is impossible on this earth, due to depravity and the reality of indwelling sin, one must trust and believe that only the holy spirit of God can cause any exceedingly sinful and fallen human being to want to be like Jesus Christ.   Only when we are carefully willing to not live by the law but to imitate Christ in thought, deed and in all situations by the spirit, will we then have a glimpse of understanding in our personal sanctification, that we may be made whole in Christ by putting on His mind (Phil. 2:5).

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