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Chapter 6 - Being Sanctified by Truth
Being 'sanctified' (set apart) through truth is more than a positional condition. It is an active process that is observed in every instance where a person changes doing one thing for something else taking him closer to God. For example, truth contributes to greater perception and discernment. If a man were to observe a young woman behaving seductively or dressing immodestly, it might stir the passions of his flesh. However, if the man is led by truth, he might instead have sorrow that someone’s daughter was so far from truth as to be reckless in the conduct of her life and headed towards empty or even painful consequences.
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. - Proverbs 16:6
Those who continously apply truth to what they observe and perceive, find that their ability to discern continously increases.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. - Hebrews 5:14
Truth is the character of God. As we grow in truth, we draw nearer to God.
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. - Psalm 145:18
Radical change is sometimes obvious in the life of a Christian
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, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 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. - 1 Cortinthians 6:9-11
Sometimes radical change is still profound but less obvious.
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. - Luke 1:17
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. - 1 Peter 4:1-2
There is a degree to which we need to participate in our sanctification. The mortification (putting to death) our members (that in our flesh that inclines us to self-seeking) is more a matter of death through starvation (neglect to feed). This process is continuously observed in our choices which are also seen in that which is 'put on' and that which is 'put off'.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: - Colossians 3:5-10
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