How to Experience Entire Sanctification

God sanctifies in answer to the deliberate act of the soul in obedience to the commands and promises of God. For this reason man is sometimes said to cleanse himself or to purify his heart (as in 2 Cor. 7:1 and Ja. 4:8). This can be said because a soul is never made pure or clean except as a person places himself where the Divine cleansing power can avail for him. Following are the conditions that must be met in order for one to be sanctified wholly:

A. Conviction of the need and possibility of being sanctified. This conviction is based upon the following (Biblical) facts: 

  1. That man has a sinful disposition which needs to be cleansed, even after the New Birth experience.
  2. That adequate provision for the cleansing of the soul has been made through the atonement.
  3. That it is possible to be sanctified in this life.
    1. The Bible states that Holiness is to be received and lived in this life:
      1. Luke 1:75 (NKJV) — 75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.
      2. Romans 6:22 (NKJV) — 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
      3. Titus 2:12 (NKJV) — 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
      4. 1 Peter 4:1–3 (NKJV) — 1 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.
    2. The Bible gives commands and promises in which holiness is directly related to the conditions of the present life.
      1. Romans 12:1–2 (NKJV) — 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
      2. 1 Thessalonians 3:13 (NKJV) — 13 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.
      3. 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24 (NKJV) — 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
      4. Hebrews 12:14–16 (NKJV) — 14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.
      5. 1 Peter 1:14–16 (NKJV) — 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

B. Prayer for the experience.

  1. We are commanded to ask
    1. Luke 11:13 (NKJV) — 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
  2. The disciples spent the time in preparation for Pentecost in prayer.
    1. Acts 1:14 (NKJV) — 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

C. Confession of the carnality which needs cleansing.

  1. Confession of need is implied in asking or seeking for one does not ask unless he lacks, and the very act of asking involves confession of need.
  2. The Bible gives examples of such confession or of prayer that involves confession.
    1. Psalm 51:2 (NKJV) — 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.
    2. Psalm 51:7 (NKJV) — 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    3. Isaiah 6:5 (NKJV) — 5 So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.”

D. Abandonment to God

  1. Consecration is the word most commonly used to express this step in seeking holiness of heart. Deep sorrow and repentance for the fallen condition of our heart.

E. Faith 

  1. Acts 26:18 (NKJV) — 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’
  2. Acts 15:9 (NKJV) — 9 and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
  3. Galatians 3:14 (NKJV) — 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
  4. Hebrews 4:9 (NKJV) — 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
  5. Hebrews 4:11 (NKJV) — 11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.

If we meet these conditions, we will receive the witness of His Spirit within our hearts that the purifying power of the Holy Spirit  has met the desperate need of our hearts!

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