Our Role in Sanctification

Does God have a role in our sanctification?  Without question.  Paul writes, “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).  But we have to be careful that we don’t take the saying, “let go and let God,” too literally.  I’ve used that maxim from time to time and maybe you have too.  If we take it too literally, it would be easy to think that we have no role or part to play in our sanctification.  Look at what the Scriptures say:

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13)

“Since we have these promises beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13)

“Strive for peace with everyone and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)

“And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.” (1 John 3:3)


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