Obedience and Sanctification
how it is to be attained. The Saviour prayed for His disciples, “Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy Word is truth.” John 17:17. And Paul teaches that believers are to be “sanctified by the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:16. What is the work of the Holy Spirit? Jesus told His disciples, “When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.” John 16:13. And the psalmist says, “Thy law is the truth.” By the Word and the Spirit of God are opened to men the great principles of righ- teousness embodied in His law. And since the law of God is “holy, and just, and good,” a transcript of the divine perfection, it follows that a charac- ter formed by obedience to that law will be holy. Christ is a perfect example of such a character. He says, “I have kept My Father’s commandments.” “I do always those things that please Him.” John 15:10; 8:29. The followers of Christ are to become like Him,—by the grace of God, to form characters in harmony with the principles of His holy law. This is Bible sanctification.
This work can be accomplished only through faith in Christ, by the power of the indwelling Spirit of God. Paul admonishes believers, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12, 13. The Christian will feel the promptings of sin but he will maintain a constant warfare against it. Here is where Christ’s help is needed. Human weak- ness becomes united to divine strength and faith ex- claims, “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the vic- tory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57.