The new birth in YAHSHUA requires a change of direction in one’s life until his death. From death to life; a renewed spirit. In his letter to the Romans, Paul pleaded by the mercies of God to present their bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is the reasonable serving of God, not conforming to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of their mind, that they may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (Rom. 12:1-2). The will of God is our sanctification, and these are the steps to attain it; a proof that we are children of God. The world behind us, YAHSHUA before us guiding through His Holy Spirit to accomplish the will of the Father -our sanctification. For those whom He knew before, He also predestinated to be made like to the image of His Son, that He be the firstborn among many brethren (Rom. 8: 29). Dying for self is the first step to take after we have been born again. Through the new spiritual birth, God gives us another chance to have His image restored, which we lost in the garden of Eden when we sinned against Him. Through the process of being born again followed by sanctification, we are given back God’s image.
The answer to the call to die to self is important in order for us to die with YAHSHUA, so that we might live with Him. If we are His children, then we are heirs also; heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ; only we must share His suffering in we are to share His glory (Rom. 8:17). There is no short cut to the road to sanctification. If you and I are to be glorified in the end, we must heed to the Holy Spirit’s work of sanctification now. The believer’s guide to sanctification is found in Galatians 2:20: I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me. This is also our guide to succeed in our spiritual journey on our way to our final home, where our Savior and Lord YAHSHUA Messiah abides. To be crucified with YAHSHUA is not an easy life. We must experience death daily to experience His life in us. Walking the aisle of a church in response to a call to salvation but not having a change of life into the new one, is not a true born-again experience. II Cor. 5:17 says, Therefore, if any person is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, Behold, the fresh and new has come!
The work of redemption was completed on the cross by YAHSHUA, the Son of God. Our redemption was paid in full; at the end of His purchasing us unto God the Father, He confirmed by saying, It is finished! It was as if He had signed the check with His own blood and handled it to the Father. His sacrifice was satisfactory to Him and reconciliation took place. In response, we must do our part to enter into the covenant of blood with YAHSHUA, and that is to die for self, carry our cross and follow Him. Salvation is free, you might say, and that you don’t have to do anything to obtain it. Just remember, without sanctification neither you nor I can see God. If we do not take hold of the message of sanctification, we are not in line with Scripture and very much out of God’s will. The letter to the Hebrews says, For if we go on deliberately and willing sinning after once acquiring the knowledge of the Truth, there is no longer any sacrifice left to atone for [our] sins, but a kind od awful and fearful prospect and expectation of divine judgment and the fury of burning wrath and indignation which will consume those who put themselves in position [to God] (10:26-27).
In Matthew 7:21-23 YAHSHUA opens our eyes to the reality that not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven (vs.21). And what is the will of the father? Our sanctification. Paul writing to the Thessalonians said, For this is the will of God even your sanctification (I Thess. 4:3a). Remaining in the will of God to the end, is to go through the complete process of sanctification. YAHSHUA continued saying, Many will say to Me on that day- Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly. (vs. 22-23). These are final and stern words from Him Who paid the price of our redemption with His own blood. Pretending to be, acting as if we are, does not cut it to eternal salvation nor sanctification. Only by dying with Him, will we live with Him.