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Born again – Part 23


Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

We must live by the principle of seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mat 6:33; see Mat 6:11; Luke 11:3; Col 4:12).

(5) Although our souls may be getting along well, this will not automatically exempt us from
difficulties in other areas of our lives that must be faced by prayer and trust in God.


How does the Holy Spirit work in believers?
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Rom 8:14)
led by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit lives within the child of God in order to lead him or her to think, speak and act according to God’s Word. (1) He leads primarily by promptings that (a) are inward urgings to do God’s Will and to put to death the misdeeds of the body (v.13, Phil 2:13; Tit 2:11-12); (b) are always in harmony with Scripture (1Cor 2:12-13; cf. 2Pet 1:20-21); (c) is intended to give direction in life (Luke 4:1; Acts 10:19-20; 16:6-7); (d) are opposed to sinful desires (Gal 5:17-18; 1 Pet 2:11); (e) are concerned with the guilt of sin, Christ’s standard of righteousness and God’s judgment against evil (John 16:8-11); (f) exhort believers to preservers in faith and warn them concerning falling away from personal faith in Christ (v. 13; Heb 3:7-14); (g) become weaker the longer believers resist obeying the Spirit’s prompting (1:28; Eph 4:17-19, 30-31; 1Thes 5:19); (h) result in spiritual death when rejected (vv. 6, 13); (i) result in spiritual life and peace when obeyed (vv. 6, 10-11,13; Gal 5:22-23)


(2) The Spirit’s prompting comes by (a) reading God’s Word (John14: 26; 15:7,26; 16:13; 2 Tim 3:16-17); (b) praying and fasting (v. 26; Acts 13:2-3); (c) listening to godly preaching and teaching (2Tim 4:1-2; Heb13:7, 17); (d) earnestly desiring and valuing the manifestations of the Spirit (see 1Cor 12:7-10; 14:6); and (e) heeding the counsel of Christian parents and trustworthy spiritual leaders (Eph 6:1; Col3:20). See God’s Methods of Communication—(Appendix).

What exactly is Sanctification?
“Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet 1:2)


The sanctifying work of the Spirit is the influence of the Spirit that draws one from sin toward holiness. Peter says it is “for” (or “to”) obedience and a sprinkling of Christ’s blood, i.e., the Spirit’s sanctifying leads to obedient saving faith and cleansing from sin.

Sanctification (Gk hagiasmos) means to make holy, to consecrate, to separate from the world, and to be set apart from sin, so that we may have intimate fellowship with God and serve Him gladly. (1) God’s children achieve sanctification by faith (Acts 26:18), by union with Christ in His death and resurrection (John 15:4-10; Rom 6:1-11; 1 Cor 1:30), by the blood of Christ (1 John 1:7-9), by the Word (John 17:17), and by the regenerating and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts (Jer 31:31-34; Rom 8:13; 1 Cor 6:11; Phil 2:12-13; 2 Thes 2:13). (2) Sanctification is both a work of God and a work of His people (Phil 2:12-13). In order to accomplish God’s Will in sanctification, believers must participate in the Spirit’s sanctifying work by ceasing to do evil (Rom 6:1-2), purifying themselves “from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit” (2 Cor 7:1; cf. Rom 6:12; Gal 5:16-25), and keeping themselves from being polluted by the world (Jas 1:27; cf. Rom 6:13, 19; 8:13; 12:1-2; 13:14; Eph 4:31; 5:18; Col 3:5, 10; Heb 6:1; Jas 4:8). Mobile: +234 803 344 6614; +234 808 123 7987


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