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Upload sermon. A Catechism for use of the people called Methodists. Alan Bester. Christians are those who believe that God has revealed himself in Jesus Christ accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, live in communion with God and in the power of the Holy Spirit, and take their place in the fellowship of Christ's Church. God see 56, 57Jesus Christ "Christ" comes from the Greek word christos which means "anointed" and is a translation of the Hebrew word from which we get "Messiah".

Jesus is called the Christ because he is the one chosen by God to fulfil his purposes, recorded in the Old Testament the holy book of the Jewish nation. The Jews looked forward to a promised King who would serve God's people and establish a reign of peace for the whole human race. A Christian is called by God to trust and follow Jesus Christ to keep company with him to learn from his words and actions; and to share in his mission, in the power of the Holy Spirit in company with other Christians. To proclaim the coming of God's Kingdom to call people to repent and to receive the Kingdom of God, to turn from their sins and believe the Good News.

Repentance is turning in sorrow away from sin and turning to God to seek forgiveness and new life in Jesus Christ Luke ; Amos Psalm 5 What is sin? Sin is the condition of estrangement from God which affects the whole human race. Sins are specific actions, words or thoughts which arise from our sinful condition and deny the presence, power and purpose of God.

Romans , 23; Psalm Note: Various words are used in the Bible for sin, with different shades of meaning, for example: offence against moral laws , injustice, failure, lawlessness, godlessness. Bible: see 52 6 What are the effects of sin? Sin hinders the effects of God's grace. It corrupts our relationships with him and with one another, with the world in which we live and with ourselves. The effect of sin is discord, where God intended harmony. That God has acted decisively in Jesus Christ to deal with our sinful condition: that is, he has acted to save us.

God offers us his love, forgiveness, acceptance and new life in Christ John Acts 8 What is salvation? God as a free gift converts us by his grace, turning us from rebels into friends. He puts us right with himself, gives us new life in Christ and makes us his own holy people through the Holy Spirit We receive his gifts when we turn to him in repentance and put our faith in Jesus Christ who was crucified and raised again for us.

Grace is God's sovereign love and favour, freely given to undeserving and hostile people. Sovereign: because he gives his grace freely to all people, not according to human meritJohn Luke 15 Matthew Ephesians Romans 11 What is conversion? It is the change which God works in us as we respond to his grace in repentance and faith. Acts ; Ephesians Note: Paul's conversion should not be taken as a model for all conversions.

For many people it is a more gradual process, with no dramatic turning point 12 What is faith in Jesus Christ? Faith in Jesus Christ is trusting that through him alone God gives us his salvation. We demonstrate our faith by desiring to do God's will and by the practical love we show to others Ephesians James Acts 13 What has Jesus done?

Jesus Christ came to reveal God to men and women and to offer them God's grace. To achieve this he shared their human life and death dying on the cross. God brought him back from death with great power and glory, thereby conquering death and sin, and opening the Kingdom of God to all believers. Believers: those who have faith in him. Jesus Christ's work: see 58, 59, 60, 61Philippians Romans John 2 Corinthians 14 How are we to understand Jesus Christ's death and resurrection? Jesus Christ suffered death and was raised again for us, so that we might live for him.

New birth regeneration and conversion are all terms used to describe the process by which we are brought by God from the state of sin into the new life in Jesus Christ, in which we grow through the working of the Holy Spirit in us. John , Ephesians 16 How are we put right with God? We become God's holy people that is, we are sanctified through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

As we are renewed from within, we are transformed by God's patient love into the likeness of Christ we are given the power to do the will of our Father, and we grow up into Christian maturity, individually and corporately. As applied to God it refers to that which makes him God wholly different from human beings, awe-inspiring, glorious, yet not separated by distance so much as by nature. Through the promises given us in the Bible, by the inner assurance given us by the Holy Spirit by the evidence in our actions of God's working within us, and through the encouragement of fellow Christians.

Romans , Hebrews 2 Timothy Galatians 1 John John Note: The Bible does not encourage us to rely on our feelings alone. They continue to be under the judgement of God and to be separated from him. Judgement see 61Matthew , John Matthew 20 What is the promise of God to those who persevere in faith to their lives' end? The abundant life which they have already begun to enjoy will become theirs in full measure, they will experience for themselves Christ's victory over death, and they will share fully the eternal joy of all believers in the presence of God This is what is meant by heaven Christian hope: see 64Luke John ; ; Corinthians ; b Further StudyJohn Wesley's account of his spiritual pilgrimage Journal for 24th May, or some other short Christian biography or autobiography recognizing that the experience of one Christian will be different from that of others.

It is the life in the power of the Holy Spirit which is lived by those whom God has made heirs of his Kingdom through the saving work of Christ Kingdom: see 22 Romans 22 What is the Kingdom of God? It is his rightful reign over everything he has made, at present fully recognized only by those who have accepted it in Jesus Christ In the end God's rule will be acknowledged by all, and established undisputed when he judges the whole human race through Jesus Christ 1 Corinthians Revelation Mark Matthew 23 How can we obey God's rule?

We do everything out of thankfulness to God for his love for us, shown above all in Jesus Christ We do God's will by the power of the Holy Spirit whom he gives us. John Colossians Romans 24 How does God guide us? God guides us from within, through the Holy Spirit's prompting of our conscience. He guides us through the Bible, as we study its teaching. He guides us through Christian fellowship, the advice of friends, and as we respond to daily events and circumstances. He guides us particularly as we seek to be imitators of Jesus Christ John Acts 1 Timothy Note: This answer is not intended to imply that discovering God's guidance is easy.

Our consciences, our understanding of the Bible, our prayers, even the advice of our friends, may be coloured by prejudice, social custom or political ideology. God's purpose for us is that his law should be written in our wills, so that our motive for action comes from within. One effect of our sin, however, is that we are, at best only imperfectly aware of God's law within. So God has given us his law in other ways. In summary form it is found in the commandments of the Old and New Testaments It is developed and applied in the life and teaching of Jesus.

It is the work of the Holy Spirit to write it afresh in the hearts of God's people. Old and New Testaments: see 52Law The word means something nearer to instruction than our modem word law. Prologue: I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt where you were slaves. Worship no God but me. Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth. Do not bow down to any idol or worship it because I am the Lord your God and I tolerate no rivals. But I show my love to thousands of generations of those who love me and obey my laws.

Do not use my name for evil purposes, because I, the Lord your God, will punish anyone who misuses my name. Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. You have six days in which to do your work but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work - neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals, nor the foreigners who live in your country. In six days the Lord made the earth, the sky, the sea, and everything in them but on the seventh day I rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath and made it holy. Respect your father and your mother, so that you may live a long time in the land that I am giving you.

Do not commit murder. Do not commit adultery.

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Do not steal. Do not accuse anyone falsely. Do not desire another man's house; do not desire his wife, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else that he owns. Prologue: Note that the Ten Commandments are a response to what God has done, not a formula for winning his favour. Each Commandment should be studied alongside the teaching of Christ and the apostles referred to below which interprets it1.

John Matthew 1 Corinthians Acts Galatians Matthew Mark Acts Mark Ephesians Matthew Romans Matthew 1 Corinthians Ephesians Ephesians , James 27 What does God teach us in the Ten Commandments? He teaches us how to respond to his grace by loving and worshipping him and loving our neighbour. He applied them not only to our outward actions but to our inward thoughts and intentions, by revealing their full demands; he condemned unrighteous anger, lust and hatred pride and anxiety.

He also taught that faith in, God means more than obeying commandments; it is giving our whole selves in trust to him Faith in God see 56See the references to the teaching of Jesus above, also Matthew 29 How did Jesus sum up the Commandments? He said "Love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your mind.

As I have loved you, so you must love one another. We show our love to God when we worship and serve him with joy, faith and obedience. We love our neighbour as ourselves by doing for our neighbour everything we would like others to do for us. Jesus showed '"hat such love might mean by dying for others.

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Matthew 1 John 32 Who is our neighbour? Our neighbour is whoever we meet or to whom we can show love. There are no limits, of race, religion or geography, to those to whom we should show neighbourly love. Luke James 33 How is God's law fulfilled? God's law reveals his wilL Jesus Christ fulfilled in perfect love, his Father's wilL He gives us power to do the same by his example and by his inward presence through the Holy Spirit Perfect love: see 35Romans John ; 34 What are the marks of those who do the will of God? They show the fruit of the Spirit love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-controL But the greatest gift is love.

John 1 Corinthians Galatians 35 What is Christian perfection? Through the Holy Spirit God has given us his love so that we may love him in return with all our heart, soul mind and strength, and our neighbour as ourselves. This gift is offered to all Christians, and by responding we affirm that there is no limit to what the grace of God is able to do in a human life.

By giving us the Holy Spirit, God assures us of his love for us and enables us to love as he, in Christ, loves us When God's love is perfected in us, we so represent Christ to our neighbours that they see him in us without hindrance from us. Perfect love, as Christian perfection is also called is the result of and can only be maintained by, complete dependence on Jesus Christ It is given either gradually or at one moment but does not mean that spiritual growth has ended for Christian perfection is perfection in love only: it is not freedom from making mistakes, or from ignorance.

Only God is absolutely perfect Romans 1 John Romans Note: Christian perfection or perfect love was a particular emphasis in John Wesley's preaching and writing: see "A Plain Account of Christian Perfection" and the sermons on the subject based on Philippians and Hebrews Wesley: see 66 and accompanying Notes.

Begin a study of these issues from Isaiah , Amos and Micah. Prayer is the communication, spoken and unspoken that takes place between ourselves and God Matthew Romans 37 Why do we need to pray? We need to pray because we were created for friendship with God and have been reconciled to him in Jesus Christ Prayer is the natural expression of this loving relationship with God our heavenly Father. We pray to him because we trust him and want to do his will in everything.

We pray to him because we depend on him and seek his guidance, strength and comfort Jesus himself frequently prayed and taught his disciples to do likewise. Luke ; ; Romans James Note: Prayer is the "natural" expression of our relationship to God but that does not mean that we necessarily find prayer easy.

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We have to learn to pray as a child has to learn to talk God is aware of our difficulties, and gives us the help of the Holy SpiritNote: Reconciled - Jesus Christ has broken down the barriers between us and God restoring the relationship between us. Our prayers should include: Adoration - we praise and worship God for what he is; Confession - we come to God in penitence, admitting what we are and seeking his forgiveness; Intercession - we pray to God on behalf of others; Petition - we pray to God about our own needs and concerns; Thanksgiving - we thank him for all that he has given us, especially for our salvation in Jesus Christ Meditation - we reflect quietly on the nature of God and what he has done, and wait for him to speak to us.

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The New Testament with Explanatory Notes.! The Works of John Wesley.! Related Papers. By Matthew Schlimm. We are not given information about the severity of the sin or the nature of the consequences. We are simply told that sinning Christians need to be restored and that everyone should strive to continue doing good. Christian growth is not limited in this passage to the developing of Godly qualities.

Sin is a reality that must be faced and overcome in the life of a Christian. Instead of taking the redemptive approach suggested by Paul, McQuilkin claims that real Christians "need never - and should never - deliberately violate the known will of God. In verse 9, John says, "no one who is born of God practices sin. I believe this is a misunderstanding of what John is trying to say. Earlier in the same letter , John tells those who say they don't sin that they deceive themselves. In the next chapter ,2 , he implies that Christians can and do sin and affirms that Jesus' death covers their sins.

John also says those who focus on the hope of their future conformity to Christ "purify themselves. What then is the meaning of 1 John ? We've seen above that Christians sin, but John seems to rule out the possibility of sin in this passage. The problem is resolved when we consider the language John uses and the situation he is addressing.

John's warning in 1 John , "let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous," indicates that he has these teachers primarily in mind. When we understand the language and the situation, John's message becomes clear: false teachers who claim to be Christians betray their true identity by their ongoing sin and disregard for God's will.

John is not saying, however, that someone who sins deliberately is not a Christian. That interpretation adds a distinction to the definition of sin that John never makes, and it also completely contradicts the tone of 1 John Christian growth, therefore, involves a combination of laying aside our old sinful habits and embracing the positive character qualities God wants to bring about in our lives. The Keswick view misses this balance. McQuilkin's description of being filled with the Spirit is helpful.

It is, indeed, the key to living an effective Christian life. The reader is left wondering, though, how this "filling" is obtained. As John Walvoord comments, "it would be helpful It is also difficult to determine the importance and nature of the crisis experience that McQuilkin discusses on page He suggests that there comes a point in the life of most Christians when they must decisively surrender their own self-will and place themselves under the authority of Christ.


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This crisis experience is a turning point in their lives and is very important to their growth. McQuilkin doesn't tell us, however, whether the experience is a one time event or repeated at regular intervals. A single, definitive event seems to be in view. Certainly, the New Testament narrates important crises in the life of Christians that play a major role in their sanctification.

Paul, for example, indicates that on at least two occasions, adverse circumstances helped him to gain deeper insight into God's character. In 2 Cor. But the New Testament does not urge Christians to seek or to expect life-defining post conversion crisis experiences. These times may come for some, but our challenge is instead to "not lose heart," to "not growing weary" Gal. Hoekema adds, "I agree I disagree, however that a specific post-conversion crisis experience needs to be programmed into the lives of most Christians.

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According to John Walvoord, differences in the various approaches to sanctification center mainly on the degree to which a person is transformed after becoming a Christian. Some say that at conversion people are completely changed. Others argue that vestiges of their old life remain. At the center of the debate is the term "nature" and, more specifically, "sin nature. This can be seen in Walvoord's definition: "The concept of a sin nature can probably best be summarized as a complex of human attributes that demonstrate a desire and predisposition to sin.

Here, the flesh is seen as that which remains in a person following his conversion. He says these terms shouldn't be confused with the sinful nature and the new nature inside a Christian. Sin nature and new nature, by contrast, refer to a state of being, not just a lifestyle. Walvoord points out:. The believer still has an old nature - a complex of attributes with an inclination and disposition to sin; and the new nature Like proponents of the Reformed view, Augustinian-Dispensationalists affirm that a sin nature, or sinful tendency, exists in the life of every Christian see Rom.

Because Walvoord maintains that an old nature is still present, he believes that Christians may progress in their sanctification, but that they will never be free from sin in this life. Walvoord says that two things occur at conversion: regeneration and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Regeneration occurs at the point of conversion, involves the granting of eternal life and the new nature, and moves a Christian from spiritual death to life. It does not, as some suggest, "bring perfection of character or freedom from a sin nature. When we are identified with Christ in this way, we share in his death, burial, and resurrection Rom. As a result, we can utilize God's power and guidance for our lives. This experience was inaugurated on the day of Pentecost and occurs to anyone the moment they repent and turn to Christ. All Christians, at the point of conversion, are indwelled by the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit's indwelling is God's first phase in His plan to conform us to His image. It is also the basis for our sanctification, because through the Spirit we receive spiritual gifts and the power to live effective Christian lives. This indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit is unique to the church age the period of time following the day of Pentecost and is qualitatively different than the pre-Pentecost ministry of the Spirit see John While all Christians can be said to be indwelled by the Holy Spirit, not all have been filled by the Spirit.

Walvoord defines the filling of the Spirit as "the unhindered ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian. This is implied by the present continuous tense of Ephesians "Don't be drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled or, 'go on being filled' with the Holy Spirit.

When someone is filled with the Spirit, they are empowered to carry out the will of God. This is evident from numerous passages that describe the Spirit's filling including Acts ; ,31; ,5; ; ; Much in the same way that alcohol permeates our body and effects the way we act, when one is filled with the Spirit, the Spirit is in control. Walvoord writes that being filled by the Spirit "brings for the time being a control of a believer's life by the Holy Spirit and the infusion of spiritual power, enabling a Christian to do far more than he or she could do naturally. Becoming filled by the Holy Spirit is a matter of yielding oneself wholly to God.

This yielding must occur both in the area of God's revealed will and in accepting the life circumstances that God has placed us in. According to Paul, in Romans 6, believers must choose whether they will yield themselves to God or to sin. When someone fully places his life under God's control e. A good example of this attitude can be seen in Philippians when Jesus completely submits in obedience to God and places all trust in Him. When Christians stumble and sin, the indwelling Spirit is grieved Ephesians and is hindered in His ability to minister to them.

But there is no danger of loss of salvation; the person still remains indwelled by the Spirit. Instead, Christians should confess their sins to God and appropriate the forgiveness that Jesus obtained for them on the cross. According to Walvoord, living an effective Christian life requires that we cultivate an attitude of continuous dependence on the power of the Spirit to energize us and make us effective for service. When we turn from God and continue in sin, we won't be filled with the Spirit.

Instead of experiencing power, we will experience God's corrective discipline 1 Cor. But if we yield our selves fully to him, he will fill us with the Holy Spirit, and do things through us we could never do on our own. Christians who put their full trust in God and walk in dependence on the Spirit's power may never attain to God's standard of perfection in this life, but they can expect to steadily grow in sanctification.

The Holy Spirit makes this possible by giving us increasing assurance of our salvation, providing insight into God's will for our lives, helping us to worship and pray, and using us as a channel of His life in our service to others. The fruit of the Spirit Gal. Walvoord maintains that some Calvinists have overemphasized God's sovereignty, not just in relation to conversion but also in their view of sanctification. He claims that this imbalance has had detrimental effect, making some Calvinists reluctant to carry out the great commission.

This reluctance, Walvoord says, stems from a belief that minimizes human responsibility e. Walvoord writes, "God is the sanctifier Walvoord says we are destined, eventually, to be conformed to the image of Christ and perfectly sanctified, regardless of our present shortcomings. Sanctification in this life is shaped by our choices and will never be complete, but scripture promises the full removal of sin and imperfection from our lives when we stand before God Eph.

In light of this, Walvoord concludes that "sanctification is the work of God for human beings rather than our work for him. Then, all of the credit for that work will go to God. I agree with Walvoord's definition of the filling of the Holy Spirit and his recognition that it is a repeated occurrence in the Christian life.

I believe his description of how to be filled with the Spirit, however, to be focused too narrowly on submission and obedience. Walvoord suggests that total surrender to Christ and avoiding actions that might grieve the Spirit are the keys to being filled by the Spirit.

While surrender to Christ allows the Spirit to characterize our actions, this is only one of many ways that Christians can facilitate their being filled by the Holy Spirit. More insight into how to be filled by the Holy Spirit can be found when we realize how similar the concept is to walking according to the Spirit e. Both are temporary states that Christians must choose to enter into [76]. Both involve being empowered by the Spirit to live effective Christian lives Acts ; Acts ff; Gal. Once this connection is established between walking and filling, several suggestions can be made about how to enjoy the full power of the Spirit:.

The key components of my view of sanctification have been suggested in my comments on the other views. I will present my view, then, in summary form:. In this paper, I have been critical of two crisis experiences: the Keswick notion of surrender and the Pentecostal description of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. If someone is urged to pursue one of these experiences or is told that these experiences are normative for Christians, I believe damage can result. He or she may become unnecessarily disappointed that the experience never comes, or they may be tempted to fake the experience in order to be viewed as spiritual.

This is not to say that life-changing post-conversion experiences never happen to Christians. The Keswick experience of surrender no doubt occurs in the lives of some Christians although it does not result in freedom from deliberate sin. Other life-defining post-conversion experiences occur as well.

But we are never told in the Bible that Christians should seek out these experiences or that they are normative for all believers. Despite potential for excesses and potential for problems, Christians should not avoid spiritual or crisis experiences altogether. Francis Schaeffer points out, "Christianity is not only intellectual Christianity is the reality of communion with God in the present life; it is the understanding that there is the indwelling Spirit; it is the understanding that there is the moment by moment empowering of the Holy Spirit It is the understanding that the fruit of the Spirit is something real to all Christians.

It is the understanding that prayer is real and not just a devotional exercise. Indeed we must not overreact to Such is the ideal. May God show us the living balance and help us to live, by his grace, in that balance. Altogether rejecting crisis experiences would strip our Christian lives of some of the most profound and rewarding events that occur in our lives. The result would be a dead and lifeless orthodoxy that is just as destructive as overemphasizing experience. We should be grateful, as Paul was, when, through adversity or the overflow of the Spirit, we are granted accelerated growth or deeper insight into God's character.

While affirming healthy spiritual experiences, we should teach people to view sanctification as a process. During this process, Christians enjoy the power and presence of the Holy Spirit as He helps them to live in dependence on Him, have victory over sin, and serve effectively. Melvin E. Dieter, Anthony A. Hoekema, Stanley M. Horton, J. Robertson McQuilkin, John F. See, for example, Matt ,; Rom. In Matthew Jesus admonishes his listeners to be perfect as their heavenly father is perfect.

Paul says that Christians can fulfill the righteous requirement of the law because Jesus condemned sin in the flesh. Paul challenges the Corinthians to cleanse themselves from "all defilement of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Hoekema makes a strong case that this is essentially how Dieter defines entire sanctification. For more on this see Melvin E. The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology points out that "teleios occurs five times meaning mature, fully grown: 1 Cor.

The late Oswald Sanders was the consulting director for Overseas Missionary Fellowship, a well known speaker, and a prolific author. A permanent empowering of the Holy Spirit often evidenced by speaking in tongues that Christians typically receive sometime after conversion. Many Pentecostals believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit typically follows conversion but can at times coincide with it. I believe that John "the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified" and John "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you" imply that the disciples were not indwelled by the Holy Spirit prior to Jesus' glorification.

Most theologians believe Jesus was glorified in his crucifixion, resurrection and exaltation John So the disciples could not have been indwelled by the Spirit prior to Jesus' resurrection. In John , during a post resurrection appearance, Jesus breathes on the disciples and says, "receive the Holy Spirit.


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That is a possible interpretation. If true, at Pentecost the disciples were given a special filling to be effective witnesses while everyone else was being Indwelled for the first time. Another possible interpretation of John recognizes that Jesus breathed the spirit on them in connection with his sending them out to witness and that this act anticipated the future indwelling of the Holy Spirit to empower them to witness Acts Admittedly there are some difficulties with either view.

Baptism of the Holy Spirit, as I have defined it, occurs at conversion. Luke records several conversions Acts 8, 16 where no mention is made of tongues. Hoekema's claim that 1 Cor. See Melvin E. Used by some, for example, to describe Jesus' human and divine nature. New York: Scribner, , , I think Walvoord is on shaky ground here. Some groups with a Calvinist perspective are aggressive in their outreach. Note these imperatives: "Be filled with the Holy Spirit" Eph.

Francis A. Thank for posting this overview. I like your honest and careful aproach. But I must say that I was disappointed in what mcquilkin said about the keswick position on sanctification. I have read carefully all books that are available written by keswick leaders and many sermons that where preached during keswick conventions and I don't recognize what mcquilkin is writing. I assume that you presented his position carefully.

The key question the Keswick teachers answered is wether you can break the power of besetting sins. Must there ever be a cycle of resisting the temptation for short time but quickly stumbling. Confessing, fighting again, stumbling and starting al over. The Keswick teachers said that there is freedom from this cycle of sinning, confessing and sinning again.

They read in Romans 6 that because of our position in Christ we are free from the slavery of sin. That is our birthright as christian. We must believe that and claim it by faith and we must trust Gods promise that the Holy Spirit wil counteract the fleshly desires in us. Walking in the spirit is trusting and believing that the Spirit wil do in you what you self cannot. We must resist temptation with our wil but then we must step aside en trust God to conquer the fleshly desires. That's all. This teaching doesn't require teaching the posibility of sinless perfection.

Everybody will stumble, even when you learned to walk in this way in faith through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. It is not about that. It is about habitually falling in the same sin. It seems to me that Mcquilkin is talking to much and speculating to much and by doing so he misrepresents the keswick position. I am a conservative evangelical christian baptist but the simple keswick teaching as described above does not in any way contradict my belief in the fundamental teaching about our sinful nature, which will be in us untill our final glorification.

It seems to me that Mike Sullivan presents an accurate view of sanctification. I appreciate the godly way in which he accommodates those agreeable points in the five views and addresses those points contrary to what he believes about sanctification. I also appreciate the points made about avoiding the appeal of an after-salvation experience, especially the "surrender" experience, which seems the most subtle. To say that some believers may have experiences that are not normative for all believers really helped to clear up my view of surrender.

I actually believed, without much thought, that surrender was a normal action all believers should take, eventually. Thanks for the insight! Excellent article. I would suggest an additional article summarizing this article to reach the needs of most novice Christians. The difference about the means of sanctification is the elephant in the room that prevents or diverts many new converts from growing in the faith. It might help them to know that there is an elephant blocking their view of five or more doors exiting the room. All theological explanations must eventual state that sanctification is as mysterious as salvation and is essentially, like salvation, being in Christ.

As an old scribe, I have spent a life time of trying to understand who is genuine saved. From having a very long perspective I am surprised how many more sinners in high school are sanctified believers in retirement — regardless of their theological views. Divine grace is a mystery beyond human comprehension. Five Views on Sanctification Author:. Those who have experienced entire sanctification are characterized by: a wholehearted love for God and neighbor having the mind of Christ bearing the fruit of the Spirit both inward and outward righteousness and true holiness in life complete devotion to God giving thoughts, words, and actions as a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God salvation from all sin Entire sanctification involves freedom from willful sin, but it is not the final destination of Christian growth.

Reaction to the Wesleyan View Dieter does not directly discuss Wesley's teaching on the sin nature. At first glance, he seems to affirm that the sin nature is still operative within the life of a Christian: "The presence of Christ and the freedom from the rebellious nature of the old Adam in the Christian's life in the Spirit, however, are not the final release from the presence and threat of sin. Dieter and Wesley imply that the temptation to sin doesn't come from within but rather from the fallen world around us: "After declaring freedom from the dominion and inner presence of sin in the life of the Spirit-filled Christian Rom.

The Reformed View - presented by Anthony Hoekema Reformed theologians define sanctification as "that gracious operation of the Holy Spirit, involving our responsible participation, by which He delivers us as justified sinners from the pollution of sin, renews our entire nature according to the image of God, and enables us to live lives that are pleasing to Him. Reformed Theology and Perfectionism Hoekema advances several reasons why the Wesleyan hope of living a life without sin is flawed: The hope of perfection requires a weakening of the definition of sin e.

The Wesleyan goal of perfection in this life is admitted to be less perfect than our eschatological perfection. The Bible doesn't encourage believers to seek a 'second experience' like entire sanctification that follows conversion; the emphasis is on pursuing ongoing growth Rom. Many passages in the Bible indicate that Christians still sin Matt. Reaction to the Reformed View Hoekema takes an in-depth look at Col.

This type of sanctification: occurs at the moment of belief involves the believer being set apart from the world to follow Christ is symbolized by baptism Col. Reaction to the Pentecostal View Horton believes that Christians are indwelled by the Spirit when they are converted. I would say it's unlikely for the following reasons: In Acts 2 and 19, old covenant Christians are being indwelled by the Spirit for the first time.

Tongues and other miraculous signs help to confirm that God's promise to pour out the Spirit is being fulfilled and that the new covenant is in effect.