Lesson 7 The Nature of Entire Sanctification
Reading: Malachi 3:1–4
are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9:33–34. And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What
was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? 34But they held
their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
20:20, 21, 24. Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her
sons, worshipping him, and
desiring a certain thing of him. 21And he said unto her, What wilt
thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy
right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. . . . 24And
when the ten heard it, they were
moved with indignation against the two brethren.
9:51–55. And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be
received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 52And
sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of
the Samaritans, to make ready for him. 53And they did not receive
him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. 54And
when his disciples James and John saw this,
they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and
consume them, even as Elias did? 55But he turned, and rebuked them,
and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
5:8. Blessed are the pure in
heart: for they shall see God.
15:8–9. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them
witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he
did unto us; 9And put no difference between us and them,
purifying their hearts by faith.
ON THE LESSON TEXT
9:33, 34. A dispute, if in the right
spirit is no proof of depravity nor is a desire to be truly great. It was their
selfish rivalry of which they were ashamed and that Jesus rebuked.
20:20, 21, 24. The ambition of James and
John, for they were parties to the request (mark 10:35), was a selfish one. They
wished to be exalted at the expense of their brethren. The indignation of the
ten was born of jealousy and was likewise wrong.
9:51–54. The Samaritans hated the Jews
so were not hospitable to Jesus when they saw he would go to Jerusalem. The
resentment and desire for retaliation on the part of James and John is sharply
rebuked by Jesus. These texts are proof of remaining depravity in the disciples.
5:8. Heart purity is here made possible
and its necessity is implied.
15:8, 9. The purification of the heart
accompanied the baptism of the Holy Ghost. This experience is the same as that
received by the disciples on Pentecost. They received the same Holy Ghost and
the same purification.
TOPIC: THE NATURE OF ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION
IT IS A CLEANSING
Meaning of the term.
else may be included in sanctification, no definition is complete that does not
include a thorough cleansing of the moral nature. It is to make holy in the
fullest moral sense. This necessarily implies a moral cleansing.
The Jewish ritual taught a cleansing.
The offering must be perfect. A high standard of perfection was required of
everything sanctified to God’s service. Physical blemishes or uncleanness was
a bar to sanctification. B) The ceremony of sanctification included
purification. The washing with water and the sprinkling with blood clearly shows
a cleansing. C) These ceremonies can typify nothing less than a thorough moral
cleansing in sanctification.
NEED OF CLEANSING FOUND IN DEPRAVITY
Depravity in general.
All men are naturally depraved. This is discussed in Lesson 10 of the first
semester. All men need a moral cleansing. B) Sin exists in two forms. There are
committed sins, or transgressions which are forgiven and washed away in
justification; and inherited sin, or the depraved nature, which cannot be
forgiven, but must be purified. C) This requires two cleansing. The two
cleansings are different in nature; one removes guilt, the other removes moral
corruption. We admit that both cleansings could occur at once, if that were the
Lords’ plan of redemption, but the fact of two cleansings proves that there
can be a cleansing in sanctification as a second work of grace.
Depravity in the regenerated.
The Apostles. These men were saved before Pentecost. (There is plenty of proof
of this; some of which is given in the last lesson: let the student search for
more). But they were still carnal. Proof of this is found in the lesson text. B)
The common experience of Christians of all ages have felt the need of cleansing
from depravity. Some have not thought such a cleansing possible and did not
believe in a second work but nevertheless they confessed the need. Exceptions to
this common belief are few and these have not demonstrated that they do not need
a further cleansing.
REGENERATION AND SANCTIFICATION
both regeneration and sanctification are made necessary because of depravity it
is well to consider the relation of both to depravity and to each other.
The sinner is both defiled and a slave.
of his moral depravity the natural man becomes a slave to sin. He has a law in
him warring against his best interests (Romans 7:14–23), and cannot do as he
Regeneration frees the slave.
The servant to sin is made free from sin (John 8:31–36; Romans 6:16–18). He
no more violates God’s law. B) This freedom is effected through a new life
(Romans 8:2). This new life or regeneration makes one free from the law of the
sinful nature discussed in chapter 7. The old nature is dethroned, the new life
Sanctification purifies the nature.
is the removal of the natural depravity with which we are born. We are holy in
heart as well as in act (1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24).
THE SANCTIFIED EXPERIENCE
What is it?
Not power to quit sinning. Some seek to be sanctified that they may have power
to cease sinning. Regeneration gives that power. B) Not the removal of a
faculty. The carnal nature is not something to be removed, like a decayed tooth.
It is a disease that affects the whole system. C) Not the removal of humanity.
It is not the destruction of human appetites. D) Not perfecting humanity. We all
have our weaknesses. E) It is the correction of the deformities of human nature
and a dedication of our propensities to the service and glory of God.
How it works.
Pride destroyed. Self-respect remains. B) Desire for retaliation removed. To
seek to avenge an injury is carnal. There is grace to suffer patiently for
Christ’s sake and to gladly forgive. C) Jealousy overcome. We desire that
which is good, but to be envious because someone has obtained, or desires to
obtain is carnal. A sanctified heart rejoices with another that is honored. D)
Hatred conquered. Sanctification does not remove temper so that one has no
resistance against evil; it is directed against evil acts and not against
FRUITS OF SANCTIFICATION
is described as perfect love. It gets one ready for heaven. “The love of God
is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” and we are pure.
sanctification was evident in those on whom the Spirit had been poured out (Acts
experience makes it possible for people to be “of one heart and of one
soul.” Christ prayed for our sanctification so that we may be one. Those who
are sanctified have the basis in the removal of depravity for oneness with
Christ and with each other. Room is left for growth in unity, but the foundation
is laid in a pure heart.