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Entire Sanctification: Living a Holy Life

  1. What is entire sanctification? Entire sanctification is a second definite work of grace, wrought by the Holy Spirit, in which inbred sin is cleansed and love fills the heart. Once the heart is cleansed of evil self-will, one is enabled to love God with all his heart and his neighbor as himself.
  2. What are the conditions for experiencing entire sanctification? To experience entire sanctification, one must recognize his need for purity, repudiate his sinfulness, yield completely to God, and trust Him to do the work. (Romans 6:11; Romans 6:13; Romans 12:1; I Thessalonians 5:23-24; Acts 15:8-9.)
  3. How do God’s commands for us to be holy support the teaching that we can be entirely sanctified in this life? All commands are actually promises in another form. If God commands something, He has the grace available to enable us to obey the commands. He expects us to appropriate that grace.
  4. How does I Thessalonians show that a born again Christian needs to be and can be entirely sanctified in this life? I Thessalonians indicates that Paul was writing to true believers ( 1:3, 9) who had something lacking in their spiritual lives (3:10). Paul called them to holiness (3:12, 13; 4:3, 7) and prayed that they would be entirely sanctified (made holy through-and-through) and be preserved in that state (blameless) until the coming of Christ (5:23). Paul said that God would be faithful to do this for them (5:24). We have no reason to believe that that promise was limited to the Thessalonians or that God cannot keep His promises. We therefore conclude that a Christian can be born again without being completely sanctified, but if he claims God’s promise for a full cleansing of his heart, he can be entirely sanctified in this life.

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