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The Benefits of Calvary: Sanctification

by Ernie on August 26, 2010

The removal of sin and guilt, the satisfaction of an offended God, and the imputation of our sin to Christ and His righteousness are some of the sweetest truths of the gospel.  These doctrines certainly encompass the heart of what transpired on Calvary and provide for us, day by day, the meat of our rejoicing to help us on our way and walk with God.  However, just as much as it is imperative that we view these wonderful truths as absolutely certain and tied up in the successful accomplishment of Calvary, there is another benefit of Calvary that is vitally important to every true believer in Jesus Christ.  In salvation, our main desires and direction of life have totally changed.  We have now entered into a new war zone against our former friend “sin”.  It is therefore imperative to understand the fact and content of another purchased benefit: sanctification.

The fact of Calvary’s cross purchases for us the desire of sanctification.  It is only as we lovingly, humbly, and reverently gaze upon our Lord Jesus as our perfect sacrifice for sin that our minds and desires are stirred to pursue after Him in love.  Like the bride in the Song of Solomon, we have seen Him Who is without compare.  The battle of life and sin is much like the lattice work of that book—it seeks to obstruct our view of Him.  And yet, so marvelous is the fact of Calvary for the believer, that, as the hymn writer notes, it “towers o’er the wrecks of time”.  As Christ is lifted up in the soul’s view of His children, the love, mercy, grace, and righteousness of that redemptive work can then fill our minds and desires with holy admiration and ardent passion.  The very historical fact of Calvary’s purchase has obtained for us the sight that is necessary to be maintained in our soul for us to pant after God.

The content of Calvary’s cross purchases for us the outworking of our sanctification.  God has not left us merely with a sight for desires and no blue print for success.  The glory of God in the content of Christ’s redemptive work, and all its implications for every area of our lives, is the message of Scripture.  God has promised that He will perfect that which concerns us (Psalm 138:8Psalm 138:8
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8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.  

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).  He has promised as much to give grace as also to bring our souls to glory (Psalm 84:11Psalm 84:11
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11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.  

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).  He does so in our lives by causing us to have a great love for His Word.  The new man in Jesus Christ receives the purchased benefit of new desires, and this is especially manifested in his love for the Word of God.  The new man in Christ now loves to take heed to God’s Word, and this cleanses his way (Psalm 119:9Psalm 119:9
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BETH. 9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.  

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).  As a result of the new birth, God has bound Himself to sanctify His people through His Word (John 17:17John 17:17
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17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  

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), and this means we are to love and study that Word.

Ezekiel puts it this way:  “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them” (Ezekiel 36:26-27Ezekiel 36:26-27
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26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.  

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 Praise God!  We can and ought to not only plead Calvary’s cross for salvation and cleansing, but also that God would be faithful to His Word and continue the ongoing process of leading us into the victorious, holy, and amazingly joyful life that Christ has purchased for His children!  Will you count on Christ’s cross work for your sanctification today?

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1 Bon Achumba April 22, 2011 at 10:30 am

GOD bless you ERNIE. We need such soul re-firing in our today’s world that is drifting from such truths to the ephemeral. I am blessed

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