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October 27, 2020 7:00 pm
Dr. Layton Talbert of the BJU seminary faculty continues a doctrinal series entitled, “What Is Man?” from 2 Peter 1.
Welcome to The Daily Platform from Bob Jones University in Greenville South Carolina were continuing the study series about the doctrine of man. Today's message will be preached by seminary professor, Dr. Layton Talbert and his topic is sanctification this morning were focusing on sanctification becoming what you are meant to be and what you are destined to be in in the New Testament is cover this groundwork, I assume most of you are familiar with this data datum, but which are on the same page here to note that in the New Testament the word sanctification, sanctify holiness, holy St. are all members of the same word family.
There are all are all essentially synonymous. They don't mean exactly the same thing.
There obviously different nuances, but they are parts of the same families. When you recite about segregation reading that holiness.
Saints are holy ones for the term literally means in the New Testament teaches two kinds of sanctification. The first is positional site vacation that is God's setting apart a center for a special gracious drawing and ultimately saving work of regeneration and reconciliation back to himself. So, for example, second Thessalonians 2 we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit is God setting you apart for social work and your consequent belief of the truth. First Corinthians 69.
Paul goes through all these things that that disqualify one as lifestyle disqualify one from being in the kingdom of God and he mentions no adulterers and fornicators and effeminate abusers of themselves with mankind and thieves and covenants and truckers and revivals in extortioners who shall not inherit the kingdom of God and such were some of you but you are washed your sanctified your justified all those words are heiress you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of Christ. That's why Paul can then address those same people as those who literally have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints. That's positional segmentation, but there's also what the New Testament describes as progressive sanctification that is the process by which we become more like the God who created us in his image and sacrificed himself to reconcile us to himself. So first Thessalonians 523 the very God of peace sanctify you wholly and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless under the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Clearly this is a process, but it's a process in which we share responsibility.
Peter clarifies that, for example, in first Peter 114 as obedient children as obedient children we have responsibility in this not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance, but as he which is called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation in every dimension of your life because it is written, be ye holy, for I am holy and that passage makes is that it makes it as clear as any that sanctification equals God likeness equals Christ likeness equals holiness.
In essence, site vacation is becoming more like God more like Christ.
Specifically, you are predestined to be conformed to the image of God's son. Romans 829 source series focuses on the question of what is man, here's the Reader's Digest version you are made in God's image, to be like God, something that is not said even of the angels you were made in God's image, to be a reflection to be an image of God to reflect him to represent him to imitate him because of the fall.
Your inclinations, your aft sections as the theologians have duplicate typically call them were all twisted away from God and the image of God in you was distorted and defaced, not destroyed, but the face like a penny I saw in our church offering. If a couple weeks ago that had been so beaten and battered and look like run over by trucks and I don't know what all but if you squinted, you could still barely make out the outline of Abraham Lincoln on it was still there, though barely recognizable. Some some sinners have gotten to that point where the image of God is barely recognizable. Not every penny.
Not every person is in that state, but his whole, his whole being is still twisted away from God. The image is distorted. Salvation then isn't just something that God does for you. It's something God does in you, he takes possession of you he indwells you and he supplies the means for the restoration of his image in us and that is the indwelling spirit of God.
Sanctification then is that process of restoring us back into the image of our Creator. In his book changed into his image. Jim Berg defines it this way very, very concise, functional definition, sanctification is the process in which the spirit of God takes the word of God uses the word of God to make us more like the son of God, that is it in a and in a pecan shell. It's really not that complicated. It's not easy but is not complicated, which raises the question why, why isn't it easy, sinning is easy enough. That's that's kind of our default mode will talk about that just a second little bit more, but sometimes it helps us to define and understand something by identifying its opposite. So what is the opposite of sanctification in Scripture was the opposite of certification of holiness of God likeness the opposite of God likeness must be Satan likeness or maybe Adam holiness being like Adam will Scripture doesn't really use either of those terms to describe and sanctified believers, but it does use two other terms to the concepts. One of those is fleshly in this or carnality. Those two terms are related. When you see carnal and flesh.
It's the same basic term in Greek and that's my natural native default state. Apart from the spirit of God, my flesh, my fallen nature is always been away from God. Dr. Minnick course spent all message on the concept of the flesh, so I won't dwell on that concept except to make the point that your flesh is the enemy sanctification the enemy of holiness.
The enemy of God likeness Christlike. The other concept that the Bible presents as the opposite of site vacation is worldliness world likeness worldliness is just a corporate collective expression of individual fleshly nests, fleshly, and this is just an individual individualized expression of worldliness and again that is my natural inclination. My default orientation when I'm not walking according to the spirit and in obedience to God's word. I am by nature by fallen nature not only fleshly but worldly. I was once part of the world and my flesh is still and always oriented in that direction. If I can venture into the uncertain waters of popular culture for the sake of illustration. Your flash is like a micro bot programmed to join with all other micro bots the world under the control of the Prince of the world. The god of this age identified in Scripture is I can put this in this way in terms of the two kinds of site vacation. The opposite of positional sanctification is still being in the world still being part of the world still being an unbeliever, the opposite of progressive site vacation is still being like the world and to the degree that we are not like God. We are still like what we were. We are still like the world, out of which God called us and redeemed us and delivered us and eliminated him an objection because you might Satan. I don't remember ever seeing the word worldliness in any Bible I've ever read. I'm not aware that any Bible actually uses that word worldliness, but neither have you ever wore that read the word Trinity or Providence or Christ likeness for that matter in a Bible doesn't mean they're not biblical concepts because the words themselves and appear in Scripture and the fact is, the Bible has a great deal to say about the world and a great deal to say about being like the world. In other words world likeness worldliness without ever even using that word. A biblical theological definition of worldliness has to be grounded in a biblical theological definition of what Scripture identifies as the world which the New Testament describes as fallen humanity alienated from God and all that it practices and produces.
That is contrary to the will of God as concise as I can make it is in fact not just humanity scattered out there. It is a kingdom. The New Testament teaches energized. Ephesians 2 and organized by Satan. Again, the God of this Wilson Corinthian's for over against the kingdom of God.
That's the kingdom we were a part of fact, Paul talks in Colossians about our being taken out of the kingdom of darkness and becoming citizens of the kingdom of his dear son transferring kingdom allegiance and worldliness then is is is not an invention of Puritans and fundamentalists. For example, Everett Harrison in the Evangelical dictionary of theology which is not published by Bob Jones University press says this worldliness, though not a scriptural term is certainly a scriptural concept. It is an affection for that which is unlike God, and contrary to his will.
One definition of worldliness and if sanctification is a process of becoming like God and worldliness is an affection for that which is on like God then worldliness is the opposite of sanctification of holiness of God likeness of Christ like. By the way, if you've not read Dr. any ladies are Dr. Randy ladies book on the world love not the world you really need to. It is as concise and careful investigation of the concept of the world in Scripture. As you will find anywhere by any publisher more so than most, more so than any I'm aware of just trying to qualify myself to be careful. But as I said, worldliness is not the invention of Puritans and fundamentalists is the concern of God runs throughout Scripture, and rather than giving you my own definition of worldliness. I just want put some of the biblical data out on the table for you is if you don't like summaries definition of worldliness of the election is application of worldliness okay. But here's here's the biblical data you have to do something with because God talks a lot about it. In the Old Testament. Worldliness is expressed in terms of God's people according and copying the surrounding nations. That's the term is used for the world. In the Old Testament the term death and they in the Greek Old Testament, for example, Leviticus 2023 you shall not walk in the matters of the nation which I cast out before you. I am the Lord your God, which have separated you from other people. There's positional segmentation right there and you shall be holy unto me, for I the Lord am holy and I have severed you from other people that you should be mine. Deuteronomy 18 when they are coming to the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations which is what they did for us current first Kings 14. Judy did evil in the sight of the Lord and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins, which they committed and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which God cast out before the children of Israel in the Old Testament.
Worldliness is expressed in terms of there being like the surrounding nations, and you still see remnants of that language in the New Testament, the term FNA for nations or heathen or Gentiles, for example, Matthew six therefore take no thought, saying, what shall we eat, what shall we drink or wherewithal shall we be clothed for after all these things do the Gentiles seek. He's not talking about Jewish people versus non-Jewish people, is using Gentiles as it is likely Old Testament debts with reference to the unbelievers out there. Did you know that anxious preoccupation with the temporal material things of life is a form of worldliness. That's how unbelievers live. They don't know what's happening next.
They don't have a father who's providing for them and is promised to protect them and care for them. There doing the only thing they know to do. They are obsessing over anxiously over the temporal material things of this life.
Don't live like that Jesus is saying don't be like the world that's a worldly at exactly the kind of worldliness. First Peter four for the time past of our life may suffice as to have wrought the will of the Gentiles. In other words, we spent enough of our past life living like Gentiles living like unbelievers. When we walked in lasciviousness, that's sensuality, less excessive winds railings banqueting's abominable idolatries wherein they think it these are the Gentiles. Now they think it strange that you are not with them. Ephesians for this I say therefore and testify in the Lord that you henceforth walk and not as other Gentiles. What is using FNA in the same way that the Old Testament did referring to unbelievers don't walk anymore like unbelievers. What is that look like. I think when it comes to worldliness. We are way too easy on ourselves were way too easy on everybody.
I'm beginning to suspect that worldliness is not as specialized a sin as we sometimes seem to think because Paul proceeds. In that passage look sometime Ephesians 417 all the way through chapter 5 that was originally to be the passage I was can focus on for the message Paul goes on to contrast a Christian walk with a Gentile and unbelievers walk and he mentions things like lying and theft. Corrupt speech, bitterness, wrath, moral uncleanness, covetousness, dirty language. These are just sinful behaviors. These are worldly behavior. When we do those things were acting like what we used to be were acting like the world around us. We are being worldly wise, suggesting worldliness is maybe a lot broader than we seem to think sometime work through that passage and see if that's not what Paul is saying Paul usually describes a world in terms of this age, the term I own. For example, Ephesians 2, you have the Quicken, who were dead in trespasses and sins were in.
In times past you walked according to the course. The age of this world, this cosmos according to the prince of the power they are the spirit that now worketh in that energizes the children of disobedience, among whom also we all had our conversation, our manner of life in times past, and the lust of the flesh, filling the desires of the flesh of the mind, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as a Galatians 1. That's why Christ gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world age is the idea. You know, Romans 12 to be not conformed to this age is literally the term the contemporary expression of the world because the world's expressions change with every generation.
More frequently than that. Don't be conformed to the contemporary expressions of your current of your surrounding culture, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. John of course uses the term cosmos the most and most famous, most famously in first John two love not the world and the things that are in the world, you know, this passage, if any man love the world, the love the father is not in him for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life is not of the father but is of the world and the world is passing away, and its lusts, but he that does the will of God abides forever. James uses it the same way John does.
James 127 pure religion and undefiled before God and the father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James, for you know that this passage somebody ethic seems like is been preaching on this recently you adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God. Whoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy. The enemy and of God.
Do you really want to be the enemy of God. The fact that the New Testament has to keep telling me not to love the world not to live like the world signifies that left to myself that's the natural inclination of at least part of me. My flesh the microbiota inside me. Why does God care about worldliness. It's not we tend to externalize this. It's not just about what's on the outside, it affects the outside of course but worldliness is a profoundly internal sin and God cares about it because it is an appeal to your flesh, your inner trader that is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be pulses.
It is an appeal to your flesh from those who are still enemies to him and enemies to his truth, it is.
It's like standing by God on a battlefield next to the one next to God who loved you who sacrificed himself to deliver you from his righteous wrath and condemnation and then walking across the battlefield and pitching your tent to live with and live like the other side who are the enemies of God.
You're putting yourself at enmity with God through that kind of those kinds of choices. In fact, in God's estimation in James for in this passage, it's nothing lessor other than adultery.
Adultery that's pretty serious. That's about a serious relationally as it gets. And that's the term God uses to describe not not the world.
The world can't be adulterers in a spiritual sense, the world assist the world. Only believers who embrace the world can become adulterers and adulteresses spiritually that's it. That's a God chosen metaphor with a long history of usage in the Scripture. And that's a whole message for another time so negatively.
Worldliness is the opposite of St. vacation.
Your flesh is the enemy of St. vacation how we grow in the Plaza will need help growing in worldliness. That's her natural gravitational default mode, but how do we grow in the positive direction of certification holiness. Christ likeness turned to second Peter one and some of this will be up on the screen as well run Alan on Monday my classmate. We were when all through four years together. He is actually a former fellow Zedekiah tornado caught our attention this passage I will come back to it from a slightly different angle. Second Peter one on just get a jump in verse four, for the sake of time, talks about God giving to us exceeding great and precious promises that by these you might be listen to this partakers of the divine nature. Does that sound like God likeness Christ likeness, holiness, sanctification, having here is the opposite. Having a skate. The corruption that is in the world through lust. It juxtaposes those to write their know what is opposer's promises are floating around the air and every once in a while when pops in my head he's talking about the Scripture effect if you read through second Peter the Scriptures is a major thematic emphasis of Peter in this epistle and he goes on verse five. Beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge and temperance and patience and godliness and brotherly kindness and charity.
How do you do that you add these things these virtues these in some cases fruit of the spirit that presumably only the spirit of God can predict how you just I just add these things. The word here doesn't describe somebody pushing a shopping cart down the aisle at the grocery store disposed of off the shelves and adding them to his cart not not what the word means all that work like that is a word that in the ancient world had reference to a wealthy patron who sponsored a theatrical production. He's not the one that got up on the stage. He didn't do the acting. He didn't do the singing, but he put the actors and the singers in a position to be able to stage the production by financing it. In fact, the term actually conveys a patron who spared no expense but generously bankrolled the production.
You don't have the capacity to just add these things to your life but you can sponsor them. You can bankroll them you can put God the actor God in a position where he the only one who can perform these things in you, you can put God in a position where he can more easily produce these things in your life how like spending your time and your resources to expose yourself to the means of grace by which God does these things in your life, chiefly the Scripture, but there are other things you can other reading materials other behaviors that other activities that you can expand your life and time in that they become means of grace through which God can work these things in us, but want to return to the Scripture and closing. Remember the functional definition sanctification is the process in which the spirit of God uses the word of God to make us more like a son of God, to live close by drawing your attention to the primary means of grace and transformation. And that's the Scriptures. Second Corinthians 3 verse 18 where Paul says that we all, with open face, unveiled face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into that same image, even as by the spirit of the Lord in the context Paul is been talking about specifically the glory of God revealed in the old covenant we call it the Old Testament, and even more so in the new covenant we now call the New Testament you read through the chapter Sammy times uses this word glory or glorious and contextually the glass here is clearly the Scripture and you can use the Scripture to look at yourself and that's an appropriate use of the Scripture.
When you expose yourself believing really worshipfully thoughtfully to the Scripture.
It changes you.
The word in Greek is metamorphosis. You which is an internal change with external manifestations changes you into the image of God and that is what sanctification is all about.
Father, we thank you that you are such a gracious God, that you didn't need to create us, but she wanted to share your glory on your beauty and your goodness and your kindness with us and you didn't need to rescue us once we turn from you but you have rescued us. You have sacrificed yourself to save us to restore in us your image and we pray that you would give us the grace to cooperate with your spirit to immerse ourselves in your word that is your primary means for re-creating the image of God in us that you would grace us to recognize our flesh and to turn from all the manifestations of worldliness to which we are so innately drawn and that you would be magnified in our bodies and in all that we do for your glory.
We pray in Jesus name you been listening to a sermon preached by Bob Jones University seminary professor, Dr. Layton Talbert.
This is been part of the study series about the doctrine of man listen again tomorrow for the conclusion of the series here on The Daily Platform