Examining the Extent of Our Wholeness in Christ
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
At the conclusion of his epistle to the Thessalonians, Paul wrote a doxology. It was not a prayer or a request he was making, but rather a statement of reality. The very God of peace is the God who keeps you safe and makes you prosperous. The term “peace” is translated from the Greek word “eirene”, and it means to be joined together and made one. God joined us to Himself and therein lies our security. He has made us prosperous and has given us harmony with Him. Pause and think about this: Jesus Christ made you compatible with God.
There are many different teachings on the subject of sanctification in the Church. Some people are under the impression that sanctification is a process. But Paul refers to sanctification as the act of God Himself. He makes use of the term “hagiazo” for “sanctification”, in the aorist, active participle. This means that God Himself carried out an uninterrupted act that does not need repetition. This one act was complete and thorough. Every single part of you, from the innermost to the outermost, every intricacy of your being in the integrity of your person has been sanctified entirely, completely, through and through and it is the uninterrupted act of God.
The word “hagiazo” is used to refer to instantaneous sanctification. It means to hallow, to consecrate, to make most holy, worthy of God’s use. Unfortunately, most of God’s children are not aware that they are already sanctified. They are of the impression that only their spirit is sanctified, while their soul and body are yet unsanctified. But we have been sanctified with an all-inclusively sanctification, complete in all respect, in your whole spirit, your whole soul and your whole body. Man is an intricate unit of spirit, soul and body. Do not see these as parts or think of yourself in terms of parts because once you introduce this model into your thinking, you may be convinced that a certain “part” of you is more saved or sanctified than the other.
When we speak of spirit, soul and body, it is to emphasize holistic salvation. Our complete deliverance in Christ covers every spectrum of our existence. There is nothing that is excluded. Whatever pertains to our wellbeing is included in this sanctification. We are separated from what is profane and set apart from what could cause harm. We are pure in the pristine condition of the Divine. Your spirit, soul and body is preserved blameless because you have been sanctified and that sanctification is preserved unimpaired by God. It is the will of God for you to be whole.
The term “preserve” is the Greek word “tereo”, which means to attend carefully; to guard from loss. Christ in you is attending to your whole spirit, your whole soul and your whole body, to guard from loss or injury, and to prevent harm. We have been immersed into Christ’s own sanctification, made pure according to the pristine condition of the Divine.
This article is an extract from the Message “Preserved Blameless” by Dr. Shawn Smith.