Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Does Jesus Really Need To Get Sanctified For Us? Do We Really Need To Sanctify Ourselves Just Like Jesus Did?

Why Would Jesus Need To Sanctify Himself When He Is The Begotten Son Of The Most High God? 

Question: Dear Brother, What do you think Jesus meant when he said in John 17:19, "For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified." Why would Jesus need to sanctify himself when he is the begotten son of the Most High God?

Answer: Greetings to you in Jesus wonderful name!

Yes, in John 17:19, Jesus said, "And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth." A better translation in context for the above verse we see in the New Living Translation, "16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by Your truth; teach them Your word, which is truth. 18 Just as You sent Me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give Myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by Your truth." (John 17:16-19). We are all sinners by our very sinful nature that we have inherited in our forefather First Adam through our birth and by our personal choices we made through it (Rom 5:12). The only way Jesus could save us is through giving us a new nature of God (John 3:5). In other words, Jesus had to sanctify himself as He is the only one who is worthy to become the only sinless sacrifice that God could ever accept (Rev 5:4, 5-6; 1 Pet 1:20; Eph 1:4; John 1:36). Even angels are not without fault before the great perfect righteousness of God (Job 4:18-19; Job 15:15-16). This doesn't mean that the angels who remained faithful and sided with God by rejecting Satan's lure of inviting them to come and join him with his own kingdom of darkness were necessarily sinful and not perfect, but rather comparing to the perfection of God's wisdom and glory, they pale in their work that it could seem to be like a fault to the higher realm of revelation that continues to come from God.

So God had to make Jesus a substitute by putting our sin on him, so that by taking our rightful punishment He could free us from the clutches of sin to place us in to the very heavenly liberty of salvation and grace (John 3:16). Because Jesus was and is and is to come the "only begotten Son of the Most High God" eternally (Heb 1:8), he had no sin and did no sin from the day of his birth (1 Pet 2:22; 2 Cor 5:21). But God demonstrated his love for us, by making Jesus to be sin for us who knew no sin, so that by hearing this truth we could receive the new nature of God in to our lives by repentance from sin, and from there on clinging on to the righteousness of God which God achieved for us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior (Rom 8:32). As we have been transferred in to the Kingdom of God from the kingdom of darkness by believing the good news of Jesus Christ (Col 1:13), God wants us now to live by the righteousness that Jesus has given to us, so that we could do good works for the Kingdom of God as long as we are in this world just like Jesus (Acts 10:38; Eph 2:10). Hallelujah!

Finally, Jesus was the perfect man and perfect God at the same time. The perfect man took on all of our sin which God placed on Him from the day of his baptism in which the Father God from heaven declared him as his one and only begotten Son, of which Jesus used that time to taste death to his self on behalf of everyone for the Glory of God, for the sake of all humans, that the perfect demand of God for the redemption and sanctification of all humans who believe in him might be fulfilled (Matt 3:16-17; 4:1-11; Heb 2:9-11). In other words, Jesus was tempted outside-in from the day he was born, in fact, it was through other humans only as he had no sin and did no sin. But the moment he took a identification baptism for humans, he began to be tempted inside-out from within his own soul of which the zenith happened before the Cross where "sweat was like drops of blood" began to fall on the ground from his body as he continued to deny his self-will to fulfill the will of God (Matt 26:37; Luke 22:44). In fact, Jesus learned obedience to the perfect will of God through suffering from without and within (Heb 5:8). Jesus as a perfect God could not suffer as He was already perfect and sanctified, in other words, Jesus as God could not become anymore perfect than the perfection that He already had (Jam 1:17; 1 Tim 6:15-16)

So even though He was in the "form of God" in his spirit-man that He was God (John 6:63; 4:24; Php 2:6), Jesus humbled himself to become a perfect human and a bond servant of God through his pact made with the Father God and the Holy Spirit God in the eternity past which made him leave his awesome glory in heaven before the foundation of the world and especially before 2000 years ago when He took the appearance as Man to thus enter the earthly realm to identify himself as a perfect human through his supernatural birth through Mary, which was a avatar of Divine mystery (Php 2:5-11; Luke 1:35). Because of becoming a perfect human, Jesus sanctified himself so that we could identify with his sanctification, and become more and more sanctified till we could become as much perfect just like Jesus, even though we will only become fully perfect when we see Him face to face one day in our glorious body after our resurrection on earth to live with God in the new heaven and new earth forever (Rom 8:29; Matt 5:48; 1 Cor 13:10; Eph 1:13-14; 2 Pet 3:13)

Jesus laid hold of us through saving us from sin, so that we could lay hold of the eternal reward that God has prepared for us to get through our good works which we do on earth through the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Php 3:12-14; Rev 22:12). So if anyone cleanses himself of what is unfit sin nature by choosing to deny it and instead walk in the new nature by feeding it through the Word of God and obedience to faith (Rom 1:5; 16:26; 1 Pet 1:14-15), he will be a vessel for honor: sanctified, useful to the Master, and prepared for every good work (2 Tim 2:21). God sanctifies us till we die and return to earth from which we have come physically, so that we could rise again in a brand new glorious body just like Jesus by His power to return to heaven from which we would have come down spiritually on that day of redemption, which is the day of rapture of the Church that will soon happen in one of these coming days before us (2 Thess 5:23-24). Hallelujah!

Much Blessings...


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