John 3:6 ...that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Rom 12:2 And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind... Phil 3:21 Who will transfigure the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of His glory...
[Part 2 of 2] God sanctifies us first by taking possession of our spirit through regeneration (John 3:5-6); second, by spreading Himself as the life-giving Spirit from our spirit into our soul to saturate and transform it (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18); and last, by enlivening our mortal body through our soul and transfiguring it by His life power (Phil. 3:21). God not only sanctifies us wholly, but also preserves our spirit, soul, and body complete. "Wholly" is quantitative; "complete" is qualitative. In quantity God sanctifies us wholly: in quality God preserves us complete, that is, He keeps our spirit, soul, and body perfect. Through the fall our body has been ruined, our soul has been contaminated, and our spirit has been deadened. In God's full salvation our entire being is saved and made complete and perfect. For this, God is preserving our spirit from any deadening element, our soul from remaining natural and old, and our body from the ruin of sin. Such a preservation by God and His thorough sanctification sustain us to live a holy life unto maturity that we may meet the Lord in His parousia, His presence.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Thessalonians, pp.168- 169. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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