"This is the will of God, even your sanctification......1 Thess. 4:3.
Practical scriptural holiness is what Jesus came to promote. Holiness as you know, in the scriptural sense does not mean an inherent virtue, but proximity to the Holy One.
And I bring the words of the Apostle, "This is the will of God, even your sanctification"
Many of us have learned how sanctification comes - not through self denial, self disipline, or self culture, but rather by realising the extent of what Christ has accomplished for us by his atonement, and what Christ has secured for us; for as Paul says "Jesus Christ is of God made unto us righteousness and sanctification",
Christ our righteousness - something more than the remission of sin; the identifying of ourselves with Him as our righteousness, and therefore rejoicing in what He has done for us.
Jesus Christ is our righteousness and sanctification, the risen Lord of life and glory dwelling in us. Not a mere idea or memory, nor an influence or frame of mind, but His Presence: and we recognise Him, looking unto Him, trusting Him obeying Him.
Then follows that wonderful experience of the 'rest of faith' which the founder of the Christian faith knew and for which he gathered His friends around Him that they also might know it better. These words are found in John 4:50.
"The man believed the word Jesus had spoken....and went his way". As we yield to Him He comes to take possession. But He must be LOrd of all.
"This is the will of God, even your sactification.