Allow The God Of Peace To Sanctify You Completely
23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
Power in Peace
Paul reminds us that God is a God of peace. Peace has several facets. It indicates:
- Unity and harmony in thought
- The shedding of ill-will towards others
- The working together of people towards a common goal
God is working towards all three of these, and desires to work them through us at a level that we cannot even begin to comprehend. God sees the whole picture of reality, from when He spoke it into existence and throughout all eternity. He is able to see what will be, and greatly desires us to yield to Him so that through sanctification, we will be completely at peace with both Him and others.
Sanctification after Salvation
Salvation has been arranged through the birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection of The Lord Jesus Christ. But now comes the next part – sanctification – the process of being changed from a creature that was bent towards sin and darkness towards a life dedicated to holiness and submission to God. God loves us for who we are, but loves us too much to allow to stay the way we are.
Paul, who wrote a good portion of the writings of the New Testament of the Bible, said that even he, who had been to Heaven and came back, was not there yet. Paul truly had been shown how much he would suffer for the name of Jesus. He tirelessly preached the word of God to the Gentiles, in cities and in prisons. He understood the need to walk a life worthy of the calling which he had received. We are to do the same – to live a life that is holy and dedicated to God who paid such a great price to purchase us – redeem us – out of the slavery of sin.
We are called to be blameless in body, soul, and spirit. We are all each of these three things:
- We each have a physical body that can be used for good or for evil. What we do impacts us and others. Everything that we do has significance and importance. We are called to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.
- We each have a soul. This is our ability to think, make decisions, and implement the decisions in the body. Our thought life is just as important as how we conduct our bodies in action. Jesus warned the teachers of the law and the Pharisees that they were outwardly compliant with the law, but inwardly – in their thoughts and motivations – they were dead, filthy, corrupt, and unclean. We are to keep our thoughts clean as well, capturing every thought to Christ.
- And whether we realize it or not, our spirit is affected by what we do in the flesh and minds. God, through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, has made provision for the life of our spirit, alive to Him, and dead to sin. We must now, through sanctification, put to death those things that would compromise the holiness of our spirit in Christ.
We can be assured God the Father is faithful in preparing us. We need to be submitted to Him, and allow the trials and tribulations and hardships that will give Him the opportunity to mold and shape us from what we were into what He desires us to be. Jesus has said that God is faithful, and no one can be snatched out of His grasp. We can trust in the faithfulness of Almighty God to do all that He has said that He will do, for God does not lie, and is incapable of breaking His word.
As He sanctifies us, we are at greater peace with Him, moving from positional righteousness to a life of applied righteousness. And we are also at greater peace with men as we submit to one another live lives that are focused on honoring God rather than serving our own interests.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Am I allowing God to sanctify me through His word to be at peace with others?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, I come to You today with thanksgiving in my heart for who You are and what You are doing in my life. Prepare me to be the vessel that You desire for Your purposes. Help me to be more at peace with people, and to live a life that is at peace with You. Strengthen me in my weakness, and sanctify my body, soul, and spirit, so that they will be blameless on the great and terrible day that Your Son, Jesus Christ, returns. Place within my heart a greater yearning that the lost would be saved, and help me to bring the message of salvation to them. This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.