Colossians 2:20…Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
Death is the object of a Christian. In order to substantiate the “objective of a Christian” the subject the doctrine of progressive sanctification must be touched on. The doctrine of progressive sanctification became prevalent in the era of Martin Luther and John Calvin during the 14th – 15th centuries. That period was historically titled as the “Reformation” where men protested the Roman Church and formed what we know today as – the Protestant Movement. During that time doctrinal teachings from the Bible began to form and broaden throughout the religious world. One of the most controversial doctrines in history – that has plagued society for 4-5 centuries is the doctrine of progressive sanctification.
Sanctification through the Spirit is “not” and “never has been” a progressive work of the Spirit of God. Progressive sanctification is a misconception highly taught in the Modern Religious World. Progressive sanctification causes people to live a Christian life of defeat and failure to God without ever reaching the fullness of Gods Salvation. Progressive sanctification it’s total misconception began during the days of the Reformation and has continued even until now in 2014. The Bible doesn’t teach the process of maturity that allows failure to God… it teaches sanctification entire that gives victory in the Spirit and makes men overcomers!
The work of the Holy Spirit in the human soul at Salvation, is not a progressive work. The “new birth” is instantaneous. Forgiveness of sins are instantaneous by trusting Christ alone! The work is a complete work. The Bible doesn’t teach a progressive new birth nor does the Spirit of Truth teach such experience! Salvation is an experience caused from a new birth given from the power of God’s Grace! God’s instantaneous power of Salvation of the human soul thus gives the believer in Christ “power to do right”. For the first time in life God’s power of Grace changes fallen man morally… from sin to holiness of heart. A believer in Christ has new ways and a new standard of living that’s called “right”…in the eyes of God.
The object of the saved Christian is not “maturity” as many are taught or teach today. As a matter of fact the word maturity is not in the Bible. Maturity is a man made concept of a progressive work or a progressive achievement that a Christian can gradually acquire in this life. Human maturity takes away from the action of God’s Salvation that morally changes the moral make-up of man instantaneously. Maturity is a gradual process but Sanctification through the Spirit is not! Why? Sanctification is the action of God that comes in one stroke. Biblical Sanctification is the final work of the Spirit of God that rids the Christian of the inherited Adamic life. Sanctification is the Baptism with the Holy Ghost. Sanctification rids man of indwelling sin and totally possesses man’s heart and soul with holiness of character and conduct. The Holy Spirit reveals the Saviour to the heart of a believer after the new birth, and thus shows the believer that he must die to self.
Dying to self is revealed to the heart of man – after the new birth. Death to self is the “object of a believer” in Christ…not gradual maturity of becoming a better Christian. Progressive growth into the Spirit is not taught in the Bible. Progressive growth into the sanctified life is not taught in the Bible. Death comes through crucifixion. Many scriptures point to an actual death or crucifixion of the old man. Not to be misconstrued with “dying daily”. Dying daily has no reference to death to self. Death to self is the objective of a new born Christian. When death to self occurs old habits, old aspirations, old interests, old plans are abolished. The completed work of God’s Holy Spirit cuts away and rids man of the Adamic life (self).
Like Salvation of the human soul – the Baptism with the Holy Ghost is another Christian experience that takes place after the new birth! The new birth is a sinner’s experience. Sanctification is a Christian experience that takes place after death to self. Both experiences are instantaneous according to the Bible. After a sinner receives Christ…the Holy Spirit shows this believer a still existing “old man”. When the Old man is finally”put off, crucified, or put to death” the Spirit of God sanctifies that heart instantaneously through the baptism with the Holy Ghost. The object of a Christian is to put off the Old man….not just the Old man’s deeds. Death to the Old man is a Spiritual operation and the Christian objective. Maturity is a human concept that opens the door for man to get away from the truth of the Bible and the work of the Spirit. The process of maturity is a man made concept that oftentimes hinders many from experiencing a death to the Old man and the actual experience of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire as taught in the Holy Scriptures.
You won’t find the word maturity or the process of maturing in the Bible! You will find sanctification through the Spirit by the action of God. Both Salvation of the soul and the Baptism with the Holy Ghost are taught Biblically to come at one stroke of the hand of God! Read it for yourself! Study your Bible! Don’t take man’s word for it! Please God! Find the truth within God’s Holy Scriptures.
Romans 6:4-7…Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.