Role of the Holy Spirit in Sanctification – Romans 8:12-13
“God, make me to be like Jesus. May I love as he loves, walk as he walks and serve as he serves. Transform me into his beautiful image.”
This is the prayer of my heart. I am often on my knees before a Holy God asking that the flesh be destroyed and the Holy Spirit be all consuming.
I would like to share with you the scriptures and thoughts that can lead us all to sanctification.
We read in 1 John 1:7, “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” Here it is made obvious that we are to walk as Jesus walks in order to have fellowship and cleansing. There must be evidence of this cleansing of our sins and sanctification by the blood of Jesus. Living more like Jesus is part of that evidence.
But what hope do we have that this transformation will take place? In Philippians 1:6 we find this beautiful promise, “I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” In Christian baptism we are justified of ALL of our sins. At this time we also receive the Holy Spirit, and the journey to be more like Jesus begins. Philippians assures us that God will complete this journey, and with each day that passes we can hope to be more like the one who saved us.
By the power and authority of the Holy Spirit we, as sinners, can not only desire but be assured that YES we can be like Jesus! This is the Spirit of adoption (Romans 8:15) as children of God, and the Holy Spirit is what empowers us to die to sin and to live by the Spirit. In Romans 8:12-13 we read that to live according to the flesh means death, but by the Spirit, we put to death the deeds of the body so we might live and enjoy the fellowship with God!