Acts 26:17b, 18 - Sanctification by Faith.
Acts 26:17b, 18 - Sanctification by Faith.
Acts 26:17b, 18 (NIV) I am sending you to them to open their
eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of
Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place
among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'
Acts 26:17b, 18 (AMP) I am sending you To open their eyes that
they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to
God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness and release from their
sins and a place and portion among those who are consecrated and
purified by faith in Me.
A world that lies in wickedness must be sanctified and reformed;
it is not enough for them to have their eyes opened, they must have
their hearts renewed; not enough to be turned from darkness to light,
but they must be turned from the power of Satan unto God. All who
are turned from sin to God, are not only pardoned, but have a grant
of a rich inheritance. The forgiveness of sins makes way for this.
None can be happy who are not holy; and to be saints in heaven we
must be first saints on earth. We are made holy, and saved by faith
in Christ; by which we rely upon Christ as the Lord our
Righteousness, and give up ourselves to him as the Lord our Ruler; by this we
receive the remission of sins, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and eternal
life. [Matthew Henry Commentary]
According to Gallup surveys, confirmed by other polls taken
over the past fifteen years, 33 percent of all Americans over age
eighteen indicate they are evangelical or "born again" Christians. That
translates into 59 million Christians, or one in every three adults, who
experienced a turning point in their lives as they made a personal
commitment to Jesus Christ.
This information should grip us with terror. It means that the
greatest revival in history has so far been impotent to change society.
It's revival without reformation. It's a revival which left the
country floundering in spiritual ignorance. It's a change in belief
without a corresponding change in behavior....
How did the building blocks of the gospel become glued
together with the cement of self-centeredness? The American gospel has
evolved into a gospel of addition without subtraction. It is the belief
that we can add Christ to our lives, but not subtract sin. It is a
change in belief without a change in behavior. It is a spiritual
experience without any cultural impact. It is revival without reformation,
The proof of religious conversion is to demonstrate that we
have both added a relationship with Christ and that we have
subtracted sin (repentance). And we multiply proof to a weary world by what
we do-our deeds, our obedience. What we do must confirm what we
say. Our deeds are the proof of our repentance....
A changed life is one that has added Christ and subtracted
sin, that attracts a world weary of worn-out words. Obedience is the
proof. (by Patrick Morley) [Inspirational SB re Jude]
God was working in your life long before you began working
with Him. The Lord knew you before time began, and He knew what He
wanted to do with your life (Je 1:5; Ps 139:13). Before the apostle
Paul's conversion experience on the road to Damascus, Jesus already
knew Paul and had a specific assignment for him. But Jesus only
revealed this assignment after Paul's conversion (Ac 9:15). So misguided
was Paul that in his sincere efforts to serve God, he had actually
been waging war against Christians! Although God knew what He wanted
for Paul, He waited to reveal it to him until He gained his
attention and became his Lord.
Our Lord does not come to us to discover what we would like to
accomplish for Him. He encounters us in order to reveal His activity and
invite us to become involved in His work. An encounter with God
requires us to adjust ourselves to the activity of God that has been
revealed. God never communicates with us merely to give us a warm
devotional thought for that day. He never speaks to us simply to increase
our biblical knowledge. Our Lord has far more significant things to
reveal to us than that! When God shows us what He is doing, He invites
us to join Him in the work He is doing.
Are you prepared to meet God today? Don't seek to hear from
God unless you are ready to ask, as Paul did, "What shall I do
Lord?" [Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re
The root of a refusal to respond to God is a failure to
understand or acknowledge one's own sin and God's love in spite of it. When
we see ourselves as we really are and truly understand the depths
of God's love and mercy toward us, there's no other response but to
bow before him. We show our love by responding to his love. We love
... because he loved us first" (1 John 4:19). [The One Year Bible
for New Believers re Acts 26]