Sinless In The Flesh continued

By Oscar Mink

The advocates of this doctrine must of necessity relate it to the doctrine of sanctification. When correct views are held regarding the Bible doctrine of sanctification, the heresy of “sinlessness in the flesh becomes all the more glaring and repugnant.

There is a true and genuine sense in which the people of God or completely sanctified. In regeneration (new birth) all sin from the soul, and spiritual nature of the believer is removed. In the new birth the soul and spirit are set apart from the flesh, and unto God. Thus it is that Paul says, “I delight in the law of God after the inward man.” (Romans 7:22) The “inward man” or the “new man” is the Divine nature imparted by the Holy Spirit to penitent. It is this Divine nature the Apostle John refers to (I John 3:9) as the the “seed of God” remaining in the believer, and perpetuating that perfect cleansing performed by the Holy Spirit at the time of regeneration. It is in this sense the saved person cannot sin, and is entirely sanctified. It is on the basis of the soul’s moral cleansing that it cannot sin, adorned with immortality and fitted for Heaven. And thus it is the born again person can say, “Absence from the body, presence with the Lord.”

The propagators of “sinless perfection” contradict themselves by their advocacy of the believer’s liability to apostatize, and by this possibility of utterly being cast down (their notion) they are held in the bondage of fear all the days of their lives. They “err not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.” When Christ died He bore the penalty of sin as a substitute for His people. By the shedding of His blood he washed away all their guilt, (I John 1:7, Revelation 1:5). By the perfect (passive – active) obedience of Christ, and by His sacrificial death on the cross the demands of God’s holy, just and good law were fully and forever satisfied. The soul of the believer has been morally cleansed, and Christ’s vicarious death has provided him with legal purity.

Hebrews 10:10 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once —- —-.”

While it is true, that the soul and spirit of the believer are entirely sanctified, and cannot sin, it is equally true that sin has been condemned in the flesh. So then, there is further need of sanctification in the believer. These three agents are employed of God in sanctifying His people:

1.) The “Blood” (Hebrews 13:12)

2.) The “Spirit,” (II Thessalonians 2:13)

3.) and the “Word (Ephesians 5:26).

The “Blood” sanctifies the penitent by setting him apart from the curse of the law. The Spirit sanctifies by quickening, and continually applying the benefits purchased for the believer by the shed blood. The Word sanctifies the babe in Christ by teaching him the things of God. Thus we are progressively set apart from self, and unto Divine service.

John 17:17 “———— them through thy ——-: thy word is ——-.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should ———- from fornication: {4} That every one of you should know how to ———- his vessel in sanctification and honour;”

It is through God’s Word that the GREAT work of redemption is revealed and the more we know of our redemption, the more we will love God. The more we love God, the more we are set apart from the world. So is through the Word’s sanctifying power applied by the Spirit that body is brought into subjection, and the power of sin nullified.

We invite your family to join us for worship at Grace Missionary Baptist Church ,located at The Glowmar Bridge. Sunday School 11:00 am Worship Service 12:00 Evening Worship 6:00 pm Prayer Meeting Bible Study Wednesday 6:00 pm Elder Charles Minks Brother Fred Minks Ph. 439-2856

By Oscar Mink

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