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Has God made
known His will concerning the condition of His people?
"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye
should abstain from fornication." 1 Thessalonians 4:3.
accomplish this work for himself?
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He
that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without
me ye can do nothing." John 15:5.
medium is this change wrought?
"And for their sakes I sanctify myself,
that they also might be sanctified through the truth." John
In order to
enjoy sanctification, what attitude must one assume toward the truth?
"But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren
beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to
salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the
truth." 2 Thessalonians 2:13.
But is a
simple acknowledgment of God's requirements enough to secure this
"Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through
sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the
blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied." 1
is necessary to make us branches of the Vine?
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
2 Corinthians 5:17.
Then how much
of the individual is affected by sanctification?
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray
God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:23.
Before we can
enjoy this great honor, what must we have?
"The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before
honour is humility." Proverbs 15:33.
to Christ, what is our duty?
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are
above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your
affection on things above, not on things on the earth." Colossians
humility, what other grace is necessary?
"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk
worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and
meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love."
In all things, what should be our mind?
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."
response can be sincerely made?
"Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove
this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." Luke
When in this
attitude, what will God do for the petitioner?
"Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a
worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth." John
In what words
does the apostle express the same sentiment?
"And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his
commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his
sight." 1 John 3:22.
What will the
lord do for those who love Him sufficiently to keep His words?
"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man
love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will
come unto him, and make our abode with him." John
condition are those in whom Christ dwells?
"And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin;
but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." Romans 8:10.
"My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are
righteousness." Psalms 119:172.
"And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these
commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us."
How is this
state of things brought about?
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2.
will we be able to do?
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name
of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
extent must our deeds be done with reference to God's glory?
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do,
do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31.
Why should we be so careful of our
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that
ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto
God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1.
How much must
we give up to become a true disciple of Christ?
"So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh
not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple." Luke
forsaking all of self, what must we accept, in order to learn of Christ?
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of
me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your
souls." Matthew 11:29.
How large a
place in our affections should the love of Christ occupy?
"He that loveth father or mother more
than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter
more than me is not worthy of me." Matthew 10:37.
If we thus
follow Christ, what will be the result?
"Remember the word that I said unto you,
The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they
will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours
also." John 15:20.
But will this
persecution separate us from Christ or His love?
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate
us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans