Belief in the truth – 2 Thess 2:13

Commitment To God's Word

God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth – 2 Thess 2:13

The Greek word translated “sanctification” (hagiasmos ) means “holiness.” To sanctify, therefore, means “to make holy.” In the theological sense, things are sanctified when they are used for the purpose God intends. A human being is sanctified, therefore, when he or she lives according to God’s design and purpose (B. Mullen).

Living according to God’s design and purpose is a partnership of human and Spirit. Internally the  work of sanctification is carried out by the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit; instigated by believing (faith) in the truth of the Gospel – God’s Word. Without a belief in the truth, married with the work of the Spirit, sanctification fails to initiate. The outside may appear clean, yet inside remains un sanctified, the opposite of sanctified being  “profane” ( Lev 10:10 ).

The internal mechanics of how this sanctification actually occurs is a mystery to even the best of Theologians. Man, in his limited capacity, can only hypothesise how change ensues. Yet metamorphosis does occur. Humans beings experience radical transformations through the sanctification of the Holy Spirit. Starting with the once violent Apostle Paul, through to the modern day deliverance of countless addicts, no one remains unaffected after an encounter with Christ – the initiator of change.

However; belief, commitment and obedience play an integral role in the process of change. Disbelief in God’s Word is a part of our sinful nature.  Hebrews 3:12-14 states” See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God“. When we disbelieve the truth of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, we are turning to our own sinful, unbelieving heart and thus turning away from God. Without a belief in the truth, there is no sanctification occurring. We remain unchanged.

Belief comes from hearing (or reading) the word of Christ (Romans 10:17). Studying God’s Word goes hand in hand with sanctification.  Commitment to the Bible is an imperative to following God, and so activates the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit within us. A marriage of faith, commitment and obedience,  such ingredients are required for any marriage to succeed.