Sanctification Continues For Life
Charles Haddon Spurgeon on John 17:17: Sanctify them through Thy truth.
Sanctification begins in regeneration. The Spirit of God infuses into man that new living principle by which he becomes *a new creature* in Christ Jesus. This work, which begins in the new birth, is carried on in two ways-mortification, whereby the lusts of the flesh are subdued and kept under; and vivification, by which the life which God has put within us is made to be a well of water springing up unto everlasting life. This is carried on every day in what is called *perseverance,* by which the Christian is preserved and continued in a gracious state, and is made to abound in good works unto the praise and glory of God; and it culminates or comes to perfection, in *glory,* when the soul, being thoroughly purged, is caught up to dwell with holy beings at the right hand of the Majesty on high. But while the Spirit of God is thus the author of sanctification, yet there is a visible agency employed which must not be forgotten. *Sanctify them,* said Jesus, *through thy truth: thy word is truth.* The passages of Scripture which prove that the instrument of our sanctification is the Word of God are very many. The Spirit of God brings to our minds the precepts and doctrines of truth, and applies them with power. These are heard in the ear, and being received in the heart, they work in us to will and to do of God*s good pleasure. The truth is the sanctifier, and if we do not hear or read the truth, we shall not grow in sanctification. We only progress in sound living as we progress in sound understanding. *Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.* Do not say of any error, *It is a mere matter of opinion.* No man indulges an error of judgment, without sooner or later tolerating an error in practice. Hold fast the truth, for by so holding the truth shall you be sanctified by the Spirit of God.
Spurgeon on Romans 14:8b: *We live unto the Lord.*
If God had willed it, each of us might have entered heaven at the moment of conversion. It was not absolutely necessary for our preparation for immortality that we should tarry here. It is possible for a man to be taken to heaven, and to be found meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light, though he has but just believed in Jesus. It is true that our sanctification is a long and continued process, and we shall not be perfected till we lay aside our bodies and enter within the veil; but nevertheless, had the Lord so willed it, He might have changed us from imperfection to perfection, and have taken us to heaven at once. Why then are we here? Would God keep His children out of paradise a single moment longer than was necessary? Why is the army of the living God still on the battle-field when one charge might give them the victory? Why are His children still wandering hither and thither through a maze, when a solitary word from His lips would bring them into the centre of their hopes in heaven? The answer is-they are here that they may *live unto the Lord,* and may bring others to know His love. We remain on earth as sowers to scatter good seed; as ploughmen to break up the fallow ground; as heralds publishing salvation. We are here as the *salt of the earth,* to be a blessing to the world. We are here to glorify Christ in our daily life. We are here as workers for Him, and as *workers together with Him.* Let us see that our life answereth its end. Let us live earnest, useful, holy lives, to *the praise of the glory of His grace.* Meanwhile we long to be with Him, and daily sing:
My heart is with Him on His throne,
And ill can brook delay;
Each moment listening for the voice,
*Rise up, and come away.*