The older, more technical term for living a godly life is sanctification.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit does help to promote a godly life, but it is not ‘sanctification’ itself.
The church at Corinth was overflowing with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but as Paul points out in 1 Corinthians, this was not a church that overflowed with holy and pure lives!
Paul described them as worldly, because there were disputes. Believers were taking other believers to court, there was jealousy and quarrelling. Some had become arrogant, sexual immorality was going on, whilst others were getting drunk and stuffing themselves with food during the Lord’s Supper!
This is an illustration that shows that the baptism of the Spirit and sanctification are two separate things.
Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones said that sanctification is a present tense filling of the Holy Spirit, AND obedience to the Lord.
Instead be filled * with the Holy Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18
* is continuous tense, so it means: ‘keep being filled’.
Brothers choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.” Acts 6:3 “He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith” Acts 11:24
It is our responsibility to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to be obedient to God’s Word.
For reference, the word ‘sanctification’ is not used in the New International Version of the Bible preferring to use the word holiness (in the King James version it is used 7 times), although the word ‘sanctified’ is used 9 times in the New International Version.
Nothing is added to our salvation when filled with the Spirit and yet it is a transforming event. It is easy to feel inferior when some Christians believe that they have been baptised with the Holy Spirit and others don’t. But it is important to remember that nothing can be added to our salvation…
Jesus gave His followers the instruction to wait until the Holy Spirit had come upon them. Holy Spirit experience: If this was an event which they were just to ‘reckon’ as having happened, there would have been confusion as to how long they should wait! But Jesus said ‘wait until’…
If the Lord has called you to be His child, then the promise of the Holy Spirit is for you.
But it does not take place automatically at conversion. We know that to be a fact, because Paul: “found some disciples and asked them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’” How do we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?…
There can be potential issues with the Holy Spirit when we realise that God is all-powerful and anything is possible we can move into the area which has some potential pot holes and traps: Beware of getting over impressed by ‘phenomena’… The fear of showing unbelief… Are the spiritual gifts ‘on tap’? Do not ‘claim’ spiritual gifts…
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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16-18
All quotes from the Bible are from the New International Version unless it says otherwise.