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.
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled * with the Holy Spirit.”Ephesians 5:18 NLT
* is continuous tense, so it means: ‘keep being filled’.
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.
D. M. Lloyd-Jones said that sanctification is a present tense filling of the Holy Spirit, AND obedience to the Lord.
The disciples, soon after Jesus resurrection, wanted some more leaders so they said:
Brothers choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.”Acts 6:3
To be full of the Holy Spirit is not enough.
“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 – they preferred to use the word holiness.
- ‘sanctified’ is used 9 times in the New International Version.
- in the King James version ‘sanctification’ is used 7 times.