Church of God, Carmichael, CA

The Double Cure


D. O. Teasley, 1916

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Sanctification Defined

"The blood by faith now reaches me; In soul and body I am free, And now I've constant victory Since I am sanctified."

  Having learned in the previous chapter that there is in the justified believer a remaining element of depravity, we must now study the deeper experience of sanctification. First let us seek a thorough definition of the word " sanctification" in its use throughout the Bible. Before proceeding to an affirmative definition, however, let us consider what sanctification is not. This consideration is particularly necessary for the reason that many persons have an exaggerated idea of what the experience of sanctification is.

  Sanctification is not infallibility. There is much difference between an error in judgment and an error in moral conduct. Sanctification is a purification of the moral nature and an infilling of the Holy Spirit, [105] not an impartation of infallible judgment. I t is true that the presence of the Holy Spirit and the absence of native depravity enlighten the intellect and may assist us in the exercise of good judgment, especially in matters relative to moral conduct and the service of Cod, but the operations of the Holy Spirit do not so overpower our human intelligence as to result in infallibility.

  Sanctification is not absolute perfection. such experience as absolute perfection is promised in the Word of God, nor has such a state been experienced by any mortal man. Sanctification is of the nature of moral perfection, but does not make us either physically or intellectually perfect.

  Sanctification is not of such a nature as to preclude the possibility of growing in grace. It is a qualitative, not a quantitative experience. It removes depravity and sheds the love of God abroad in the heart (Rom. 5: 5), but leaves us to grow in grace as long as we live.

  Sanctification does not make it impossible for the sanctified to fall from grace. It is merely redemption. Redemption means to buy back. We are bought back to the moral [106] plane—righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:24)—from which Adam fell. If sanctification raised us to a plane where to fall from grace were impossible, sanctification would do more than redemption. It is true that sanctification makes perseverance not only possible but highly probable, vet it does not preclude the possibility of falling from grace, any more than did Adam's holy state preclude the possibility of his disobedience and fall.

  Sanctification is not the destruction of human nature. A sanctified man is still a man, not an angel. The taking away of the " carnal nature, " as native depravity is sometimes called, is not the annihilation of those faculties and propensities peculiar to a natural man. The sanctified are, therefore, still subject to trials, afflictions, and temptations. Man has a physical, a mental, and a moral nature: sanctification does not primarily affect either the physical or the mental, but elevates especially the moral nature by cleansing it from native depravity and filling it with the Holy Spirit.

  There are two aspects of the moral self: man's moral nature is either good or evil. For instance, a man is at one time sinful, [107] but at another time righteous. The sinful man and the righteous man are the same man, but his moral nature is different. A change has taken place. What has happened? The apostle Paul answers: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me" (Gal. 2:20). The "I" that was "crucified" in Paul was the old sinful nature that dominated him when he was a Pharisee; the "I" that "lived" was the better self which lived through Christ. The human self, then, is the evil self when it corresponds with evil, but the same self becomes the holy living self when the evil is crucified and Christ comes in.

  The verb "to sanctify" as used in the Old Testament comes from the Hebrew qadash , and means to make, pronounce, or observe as clean, either ceremonially or morally (see Strong's Hebrew English lexicon). The New Testament word comes from the Greek word hagios, and means (1) to consecrate; (2) to make holy or to purify; and (3) to venerate. Our English word "to sanctify" is a derivative of the Latin words sanctus, meaning holy, and ficare, meaning to make. Its simplest definition [108]


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