Class Notes: 5/25/2008
1Pet 3:15 "The Lord Christ sanctify in your hearts"
In the context of our study of the mandates for the believer in God's pre-determined plan we are presently examining the mandate found in 1Pet 3:15; for the believer to sanctify or set apart the TLJC in their hearts or stream of consciousness and as a result be focused on TLJC rather than the adversities in life and to be ready to give an answer of the "hope that is in them" that comes from the believer's occupation with TLJC.
Last time we saw that the context of this mandate is the suffering of believers that Peter is hoping is undeserved suffering for blessing even though he is doubtful that it is as illustrated by the fourth class condition of "ifĒ used in verse 14.
Picking up where we left off:
1Pet 3:14-15; The YLT and the NET Bible have a word order more correctly aligned with the Greek that is "... do not fear what they may fear or be troubled but the Lord Christ sanctify in your hearts"
Some translations such as the YLT and KJV have God instead of Christ because the majority texts have "Theon" but the oldest manuscript that is now available has "Christon". Net note 24
We will take up a brief discussion of the use of the words translated "sanctify' in the New Testament.
The word translated "sanctify" or "set apart" in this passage is the Greek word "hagiazo" referring to something that is set apart a for special purpose or dedication to serving God.
Sanctification is the process that God uses to reconcile depraved fallen mankind to himself and there are several Greek words that are used to describe this process.
Believers become sanctified positionally at the moment of salvation. This is also known as Justification and is the imputation of God's +R.
Believers become sanctified after salvation when doctrine is resident in their soul and they are filled with the Spirit; this is known as experiential sanctification. This is what Peter is referring to in this passage.
Believers are also sanctified when the resurrection of their bodies takes place; this is also known as glorification or ultimate sanctification Phil 3:21;
Sanctification means that God has created a brand new species of spiritual royalty set apart for the maximum glorification of TLJC. for the purpose of making each Church-age believer like the humanity of Christ. Rom 8:29;
The conforming of believers to the image of His Son takes place in these three stages of sanctification.
Sanctification means that the believer is under the grace contract with God called the New Covenant forever This contract sets apart every individual at the point of salvation and places them in union with Christ and seal in him by God the Holy Spirit. Eph 1:12-13;
Sanctification means to be set apart as sacred, to be consecrated, to be devoted to worship, and to belong to God in a special way.
The most common word used in the Bible concerning sanctification is the Greek word hagios which is normally translated holy or saint.
This word describes the position of each member of the Royal Family as set apart for God. Because of positional sanctification, all believers are holy and are saints.
It means that the believer has been set apart by God for a special purpose which can only be discovered when the believer has a maximum amount of Bible Doctrine residing and circulating in their soul's stream of consciousness. This is the point where the believer develops a personal sense of destiny.
The Church-age is the only dispensation where this takes place. Believers are set apart by God as members of his Royal Family through the baptism of the Spirit and as a result they are saints. 1Cor 12:13; Rom 1:7; (the italics indicates that the word "as" is added by the translators it is not in the original)
A saint is someone who has been consecrated by God forever.
All Church-age believers are called saints. Hagios is translated holy and saint and is the title that is used in the Bible for every member of Royal Family of God.
The Greek word "hagios" connects the believer to the perfect integrity and holiness of God. Sanctification says that believers are in a plan and they are royalty. It gives every believer in their spiritual life, equal privilege and equal opportunity to advance to the greatest heights of the PPOG.
The believer's Sanctification always relates to TLJC and their union with him in the supreme aristocracy of the church as the new spiritual species.
All Human aristocracies except for the one established by the Davidic covenant will eventually disappear, 2Sam 7:13-14; at the point of their salvation by Grace through Faith alone in TLJC alone every church age believer because of their union with TLJC is irrevocably made a Royal Priest and a Royal Ambassador and has been placed into the most secure aristocracy that could ever exist, the only aristocracy that will last forever. Dan 7:18; Isa 9:6-7; Heb 7:24;
A second word related to sanctification is "hagiotes", which is translated "holiness, and describes the principle whereby all believers are related to the integrity of God and the aristocracy of God.
It refers to the result of being spiritual royalty and advancing in the PPOG. It is used in Heb 12:10; where the believer is described as being disciplined by God "for their good" for the purpose of "sharing his holiness" so that they can conduct themselves properly in their position as a saint by means of their application of Bible Doctrine inside the PPOG.
A third word related to sanctification is, hagiosune, it is only used by the apostle Paul in the New Testament scriptures, it means holiness, or set apart, or sanctification.
This word refers to the manifestation of the quality of life that God has placed within believers as members of the Royal Family and is used in 2CO 7:1.
It is also used for the heart being filled with doctrine and promoting holiness in 1TH 3:13, This is the extension of the righteousness of God that is given to every believer at the point of their salvation. 2Cor 5:21; and refers to the believer actually living in their position as a saint through their application of metabolized Bible Doctrine.
It is also used in the LXX in Psa 97:12, Psa 30:4; where it refers to the holiness of Godís person. Believers receive the righteousness of God, which is the principle of the holiness of God at their salvation 2Cor 5:21;
A fourth word, which is used to describe another aspect of sanctification, is hagiasmos, translated sanctification or sanctifying.
It is also translated holiness or consecration and refers to the state of being made an aristocrat forever. It especially emphasizes our relationship to the integrity of God. It is used for the believer presenting his body unto the Lord as a member of the Royal Family in ROM 6:19-22; Rom 12:1-2;
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