Heb 10:8-10, “After saying above, “SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, NOR HAVE YOU TAKEN PLEASURE in them” (which are offered according to the Law), 9then He said, “BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL.” He takes away the first in order to establish the second. 10By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
In this passage, parts of the quotation are from Psa 40:6, which were repeated for the purpose of clearly contrasting the Old Covenant with the New Covenant. As in vs. 5-7, the emphasis falls upon the Father’s lack of pleasure in the ceremonial sacrifice of animals as offerings for sin. God had required them, but not for the purposes Israel had later abused and later supposed. As noted in vs. 3, they reminded Israel of sin without removing the guilt of sin.
But when the Son entered into humanity and said in verse 9, “Behold I have come to do your will,” the situation was changed dramatically. That which existed under the old Mosaic Law began to pass away; and was completely accomplished at the Cross. As a result, in its place, the Lord established the New Covenant, Luke 22:20; 1 Cor 11:25, as prophesied by Jeremiah, Jer 31:31-34, and Ezekiel, Ezek 16:60-62.
The Son of God, Jesus Christ, willing to carry out the will of God, replaced the Mosaic Covenant established at Mount Sinai and set up the New Covenant instituted at Mount Calvary, which is what we are celebrating this weekend (Resurrection Sunday).
Then is verse 10, it specifically identifies the will of God and clearly sets forth the results of the Son’s obedience to that will. In no uncertain terms, the death of Jesus Christ is described as, “the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
These words highlight the voluntary, sacrificial nature of His death and underscore its superiority and permanence compared to the sacrifices of Israel.
Jesus offered one sacrifice, and its consequences are permanent. The phrase, “HEGIASMENOI ESMEN”, translated “we have been sanctified / made holy” is emphatic. It means that by Christ’s death believers have been and remain sanctified.
But the question is, “what does sanctified mean.”
Sanctification is a technical theological term for the status quo of the Royal Family of God in three phases of God’s plan for the believer. The term means to be set apart to God for a special purpose, to be made holy, righteous, and justified before Him. We, the Royal Family of God, are set apart to God in three ways from salvation to the eternal state.
Positional Sanctification, refers to salvation at which point the baptism of the Spirit enters every believer into union with the person of Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 1:2, 30; 1 John 5:11 12
There are seven results of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, four of which are pertinent here:
- Sanctification is the means of extending the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union into the Church Age, so that the correct designation for this dispensation is the great power experiment of the Church Age.
- Sanctification is the means of the formation of the Royal Family of God.
- Sanctification is the means of the creation of a new spiritual species, 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15, for the utilization of the Divine Power, the omnipotence of God; His Spirit and Word resident in your soul.
- This gives the believer equal privilege and opportunity to execute the Plan of God being in union with Christ; some will go forward in His plan and some will not due to their sin natures. But everyone has the same privilege and opportunity to do so.
Positional Sanctification is the status quo of every Church Age believer at the moment of salvation through faith in Christ. God the Holy Spirit enters them into union with Christ by means of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and it means they have eternal security; there is no way they can ever get out of their relationship with God, John 10:28-30.
The implications of Positional Sanctification include:
1) We share the perfect righteousness of Christ, 2 Cor 5:21.
2) We share the eternal life of Christ, 1 John 5:11 12.
3) We share the election of Christ, Eph 1:4.
4) We share the sonship of Christ, Gal 3:26.
5) We share the heirship of Christ, Rom 8:16 17.
6) We share the priesthood of Christ, Heb 10:10 14.
7) We are transferred into the kingdom of the Son of His love, Col 1:13
Experiential Sanctification, which is the function of the spiritual life after salvation. The function of the spiritual life depends on the three spiritual skills that constitute what I call, “God’s Power System” (GPS) for your life: the filling of the Holy Spirit, the metabolization and application of Bible doctrine resident in your soul, and the utilization of the Eleven Problem Solving Devices. Utilizing God’s Power produces experiential or spiritual righteousness. Therefore, Experiential Sanctification is your residence, function, and momentum inside of God’s Power System for your life.
Ultimate Sanctification is the believer in his resurrection body in the eternal state, 1 Cor 15.
Now, Eph 2:10 tells us that we have Positional Sanctification and need to walk in Experiential Sanctification.
Eph 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus (Positional Sanctification) for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Experiential Sanctification).”
Experiential Sanctification refers to residence, function, and momentum inside your very own palace, as we are the temple of God, positionally, 1 Cor 3:16. This is the operational type of God’s Power System. Here is where winners of rewards and losers of rewards are manufactured experientially. Compare 1 Cor 3:10-15; 15:40-42.
Experiential Sanctification is the believer residing under the enabling power of God the Holy Spirit, and having momentum from metabolized doctrine in their soul. It is referred to by the Greek word EUSEBEIA, translated “spiritual life.”
The filling of the Holy Spirit and Bible doctrine in the soul are the agents of Experiential Sanctification.
Eph 4:22-24, “That, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24and put on the new self, (Experiential Sanctification), which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
Eph 5:1-18, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. 3But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord (Positional Sanctification); walk as children of Light (Experiential Sanctification) 9(for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness (we have a choice), but instead even expose them; 12for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14For this reason it says (to believers), “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” 15Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.”
Clearly the empowering and enabling ministry of the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary to walk Experientially Sanctified, which is called here “be filled with the Spirit.” This is not a “filling up” like a bucket of water but instead a change of heart resulting in the application of 1 John 1:9 for cleansing so that the Holy Spirit in you can function and operate freely in you to execute God’s Plan for your life. This is in contrast to having sin upon your soul where you are operating in unrighteousness and experientially unholy, where the Holy Spirit is grieved or quenched in your soul as a result.
When we have sin upon our soul we are said to “grieve” and “quench” the Holy Spirit, Eph 4:30; 1 Thes 5:19, which correlates with 1 John 1:6, 8, 10.
The way to rectify grieving or quenching the Spirit begins with a change of heart that leads you to apply 1 John 1:9 as emphasized in 1 John 2:1-2, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.”
A soul that is full of sin cannot be strengthened with power or led by the Spirit. Yet, the cleansed soul of the believer can produce the Fruit of the Spirit, John 15:1-5; Gal 5:22-23.
With the Filling of the Holy Spirit you are, “strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man”, Eph 3:16-19. This also means you are being led by the Spirit, Rom 8:14.
Synonymous terms for the Filling of the Spirit in Eph 5:18 include:
– Walking in the Spirit, Gal 5:16
– Walking in the Light, 1 John 1:7
– Imitating Christ, Eph 5:1
– Being partakers of the Divine Nature, 2 Peter 1:4
– Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, 2 Cor 13:14; Phil 2:1
Gal 5:25, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”
Likewise, with the Word of God (Bible Doctrine functioning within your soul), coupled with the Filling of the Holy Spirit, causes you to walk experientially sanctified.
John 17:17, “Sanctify them by means of truth (Bible doctrine). Your Word is truth (Bible doctrine).”
Eph 5:26, “That having purified her (the Church, Positionally), He might sanctify her by means of the washing from the water of the Word (Experientially).”
The absolute concept of Experiential Sanctification is related to the filling of the Holy Spirit. The relative concept of Experiential Sanctification is related to the degree of spiritual growth the believer has through perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine.
So Heb 10:8-10 is clearly speaking to our Positional Sanctification based on the establishment of the New Covenant made possible through the Cross of Jesus Christ. Likewise our Experiential Sanctification is also made possible by the Cross of Jesus Christ because it gives us the ability to utilize the grace of God of 1 John 1:9 and Eph 5:18, and others passages, to walk experientially sanctified after our conversion, having forgiveness for our sins and cleansing of all unrighteousness in our soul, so that we can walk in the holiness that God has given to us.
The “old” Mosaic Law, has been fulfilled, and the “New” Covenant is now established for Church Age believers to walk in. When we have the cleansing of our soul via 1 John 1:9, we walk in our position in Christ. When we have sin on our soul that goes uncleansed, because we have not confessed it to God, we walk in unrighteous, unholiness, “darkness” as in 1 John 1:6, because God the Holy Spirit is absolute holiness and cannot have fellowship with an uncleansed soul full of sin.