2:11-13 For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, “ I will proclaim Your name to My brethren, in the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise.” And again, “ Behold, I and the children God has given Me.”
It is sinners that the law pronounces guilty of the judgement of death, and though Christ, being the author of salvation for the sons of God, and might be willing to suffer for them, what reason is there that the punishment of one should be accepted for the sin of another?
How is the suffering of Christ profitable to bring sons into glory?_________________________
First we are sanctified and set apart for God. Christ purifies us and makes us really or truly holy. We are said to be sanctified and washed in the blood of Christ, and His blood is said to cleanse us from all our sins. As His blood was shed for us Christ procured (obtained) by the merit of His obedience therein, that those for whom it was shed should be purged from their uncleanliness, unholiness, and purified. The second part consists in the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. Grace is communicated to us by virtue of the shedding of blood and sufferings of Christ.
Will anyone be glorified without being sanctified? _____________________________________
Without holiness no man will see the Lord. God’s eyes are purer than to behold evil. No unclean thing can stand in His presence, He is glorious in His nature, and holy in His commands. God will never glorify an un-sanctified person.
How can we have assurance of our sanctification? _____________________________________
Christ says that He will sanctify His bride, the church:
Communicate His Word and Spirit:
The purpose of the shedding of His blood:
1 John 1:7
His life in heaven and intercession for us:
Creates His people by His grace:
Excites us to His promises and commands:
2 Corinthians 7:1
If the Lord Christ will bring the children to the Father He must make them holy, or they will not be admitted into His presence, they will have no acceptance. No unclean thing can enter where His holiness dwells. It is utterly impossible for any soul not washed in the blood of Christ and sanctified by His Spirit and grace, should stand in the sight of God. Neither can any serve Him here unless there consciences be purged by the blood of Christ from dead works and washed of all their defilement. Their services here He rejects as a polluted and unclean thing and their confidences for the future He despises as a presumptuous abomination.
Would God be holy if he received or enjoyed unholy creatures? __________________________
If Christ is our head and we are His members of His body we must be holy, for He is holy. Christ can not be a living head and dead members. Such a monstrous body Christ will never own.
Ephesians 5:25-27 ______________________________________________________________
Being that we are all sinners, how is it that Christ is not ashamed to call us brethren? _________
In one respect we are called brethren because we are of common nature, Christ was fully God and fully man, with a nature like our own. But there is more required to perfect the relation of brotherhood between ourselves and Christ. Christ’s calling us brethren declares that He was able to fulfill suffering for us, our sanctification, and to save us.
How has Christ proclaimed the name of God to the brethren? ____________________________
Christ declared the name of God in His person, teachings, and sufferings. Instructing His disciples, preaching the gospel in the synagogues. Also, after His resurrection enabling them to preach the gospel to the men of their own generation, and in the inspiration enabling them to commit the truth to writing for the instruction of the elect to the end of the world. Upon Christ’s resurrection He did not immediately ascend to glory, but first declared the name of God to his apostles, disciples, and to declare and publish for all the world. This was on His Spirit, and He did not enter into a His glorious rest until He performed it. In His own Person, and by His own Spirit in the apostles, by His Word, and by all His messengers to the end of the world, setting forth the love, grace, goodness, and mercy of God in Him the Mediator sets forth the praise of God in the midst of the congregation.