1 Thessalonians 5:22-24; 2 Corinthians 7:1; John 17:17-19
The Lord wants the youths who serve and follow Him to be sanctified. To remain acceptable to God in worship and service, there must be sanctification. Sanctification is to make free from sin, to cleanse from moral corruption and pollution, to purify from sin or to be free from the power of sin. Sanctification is an operation of the Spirit of God on those who are already in Jesus, by which they are rendered increasingly holy, living to God, to righteousness and to holiness. It is the same as been made holy, pure in heart, circumcision of heart and been made perfect (Luke 1:75; Psalm 24:4; Deuteronomy 30:6; Genesis 17:1)
- THE CHARACTER OF GOD
Leviticus 11:45; 21:8; Isaiah 6:3; Psalm 99:5; Acts 4:27
Sanctification is the foundational, irreversible and unchanging attribute and nature of God. Even angels appreciate His holiness. God’s love, mercy, faithfulness, power and judgement are anchored on His nature of Sanctification and holiness. God is perfectly, permanently, unwaveringly, transparently, uncompromisingly and eternally sanctified or holy. Those who desire to live with Him eternally must be sanctified.
God’s sanctification is eternal and it permeates, influences and affects everything he does. All his works, laws, ways, decisions, words, thoughts, judgements and attributes are holy. He is sanctified within and without. Since God desires His character and nature of sanctification replicated in everyone, He calls and commands believing youth to be sanctified and be made holy. God has made adequate provision for the sanctification experience to be accessed by genuine seekers.
- THE CALL AND THE COMMAND OF GOD
Leviticus 20:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:3,7; Hebrews 12:14; 2 Corinthians 7:1
God desires, calls and commands the believing youths – to be sanctified and be made holy. Therefore denominations or youths who relegate the doctrine of sanctification to the background act contrary to His command. He has commanded all believing youths to be sanctified. God, being good, righteous and holy, will not give command on what is not important or possible. God’s grace, power and provision make the sanctification experience possible and real in the consecrated youth.
To see the Lord on the final day, inward and external sanctification are required.
- THE CHRISTLIKENESS OF THE GODLY YOUTH
1 Corinthians 1:30; Psalms 4:3,4; 2 Timothy 2:19-21
God wants every believing youth to be like Christ in Sanctification and holiness “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” The Lord also wants his Children to be Christlike in their conversation and possess their vessels in sanctification and honour. “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work”.
The characteristics of the Christlike youth include manifestation of true holiness. One way this manifests is the way he loves one another like Christ loves the church.
The Christlike youth resembles Christ in perfect love (1 Corinthians 13:4-13). Right motives (Philippians 1:21; 2:4). Oneness and unity (John 17:20-23). Inner victory and freedom (Philippians 1:9-11). He receives God’s grace and power to grow in this experience.