second aspect of our salvation (which we skipped
temporarily) of identifying with Christ in His death,
burial, and resurrection, is the lifelong process by
which our souls are transformed by the Holy Spirit, and
we are “changed… from glory to glory” into the
image of Christ. This process is what many would call
practical sanctification, whereby our lives begin to
reflect the effects of our union with Christ. How this
is brought about will be the focus of our continuing
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye
may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God.
Cor 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a
glass the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same
image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the
Thess 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and
exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have
received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God,
so ye would abound more and more.
2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the
3 For this is the will of God, even your
sanctification, that ye should abstain from
4 That every one of you should know how to possess his
sanctification and honour;
Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also
loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the
washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious
church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing;
but that it
should be holy and without blemish.
Jesus, in His earthly walk, suffered in His soul as no
man ever suffered. In His life, He was constantly
confronted with temptations—with satisfying His own
earthly desires, with forsaking the painful path that
lay before Him. He was maligned, persecuted, and hated
by his enemies; but His heart was set like a flint to do
the Father’s will. In the Garden of Gethsemane, as the
forces of hell pressed upon Him, he sweated, as it were,
great drops of blood. In His death, as our sins were
laid upon Him, for the first time in His eternal
existence He felt separated from the Father. In every
respect He experienced agony to the depth of His soul.
Throughout all of His earthly existence, He gave up
His life to do the will of God; and as our example,
obedience by the things which he suffered”.
Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of
sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it
were our faces from him; he was despised, and we
esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried
our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten
of God, and afflicted
Matt 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the
wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he
was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be
the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and
setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast
thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his
angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they
shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot
against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt
not tempt the Lord thy God.
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high
mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world,
and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee,
if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for
it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and
him only shalt thou serve.
Matt 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew
unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem,
and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests
and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him,
saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind
me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou
savourest not the things that be of God, but those that
be of men.
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples,
If any man will come after
me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and
whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be
touched with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points
tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Luke 9:51 And it came to pass, when the time was come
that he should be received up,
he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
Rom 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself;
but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that
reproached thee fell on me.
Luke 22:41 And he was withdrawn from them about a
stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup
from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be
43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven,
44 And being in
an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as
it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Matt 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a
loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is
to say, My God,
my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Heb 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he
obedience by the things which he suffered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of
eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
However, in this aspect of our identifying with Christ,
it becomes more than just a faith experience. By faith
we identified with Him in His dying for our sins. By
faith we partake of the substitutionary sufferings He
endured in His life and in His death for our
propitiation. By faith we await our physical
transformation and resurrection of the body—believing
that Christ has already suffered the pains of death for
us, and rose again to a new life, and we in Him.
Although our faith will grow in this second aspect of
our salvation, it will be more than an objective look at
what Christ has done for us. It will be something we
experience in ourselves, and in which our soul, in every
respect, is involved.
Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation
through faith in his blood, to declare his
righteousness for the remission of sins that are past,
through the forbearance of God;
Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which
have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves
groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to
wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is
seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet
25 But if we
hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait
Pet 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in
the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same
mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath
ceased from sin;
Phil 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of
Christ, not only to believe on him,
but also to suffer for his
Pet 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the
fiery trial which is to try you, as though some
strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of
Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be
revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy
spirit of man may be somewhat affected in this
sanctification process—the Scriptures speak of grieving
the Holy Spirit, and that might include our spirit as
well; but man’s spirit has been reborn, and already
lives in union with the blessed Spirit of the Lord
Jesus. Furthermore, God will bring suffering to the body
as a means of trying our souls; but the flesh of man is
where the sin nature dwells, and will get no better
until it is changed in the resurrection. It is totally
corrupted by sin, even though we may imagine it is
becoming better by its outwardly religious show. It may
even look better as bad habits and filthy lifestyles are
brought under the control of the Holy Spirit. However,
in reality, it can only be subdued, and made to obey by
God’s chastening and the practicing of good habits.
Thess 5:23 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.
Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,
whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Cor 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into
subjection: lest that by any means, when I have
preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and
scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:11 Now no
chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but
grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the
peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are
spirit has been brought into union with Christ, the body
will be resurrected, but the soul must be saved from the
ravages of sin. So it is to man’s soul that God’s
transforming work begins after we have been brought to
Christ. However, to what extent does the death, burial,
and resurrection process of redemption encompass
concerning our souls? The Scripture teaches that man is
a sinner through and through; we are absolutely
corrupted by sin in every part of our being—body, soul,
and spirit. We are not as bad as we can be, but there is
in our body, in our spirit, and in our soul “no good
thing” apart from, or outside of Christ’s presence
in us. Neither do we, nor indeed can we, do anything
that is good or untainted by sin, by, or of ourselves.
Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my
flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is
present with me; but how to perform that which is good I
Psa 38:3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of
thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones
because of my sin.
4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an
heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my
6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning
all the day long.
7 For my loins
are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no
soundness in my flesh.
Isa 1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity,
a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they
have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One
of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt
more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole
6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is
no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and
putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither
bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous,
no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that
seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together
there is none that doeth
good, no, not one.
Rom 8:8 So then
they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Greek translation for the Valley of Hinnom in Israel was
Gehenna. It was in the Valley of Gehenna where the
people of Jerusalem took their garbage to be burned.
Jesus used it as a picture of Hell because its fires
never went out, and the maggots and worms continually
feasted on the garbage. Hell is where lost sinners are
sent, because in a literal sense, they are garbage.
There is nothing in them, naturally, that has any worth,
or is salvageable, apart from God’s grace. It is in Hell
that the fires of their torment will burn, and the worms
of their guilty conscience will eat away at their souls
continually. We must be born again, made a new creature
in Christ, have the Spirit of Christ within us, for us
to have any worth or value to God, and be redeemed. This
leads us to our point—everything about us must be
transformed into the image of Christ; the old man must
die, and the new man must be brought forth to life.
Everything we were before we were born again is the old
man, and much of what we are now is still the old man.
Salvation requires a complete transformation, which is
begun in this life, and will be completed before the
Marriage Supper of the Lamb takes place.
Mark 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is
better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two
feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never
shall be quenched:
46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is
Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died,
and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the
rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,
and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on
me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his
finger in water, and cool my tongue;
for I am tormented in this
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee,
Ye must be born again.
Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold,
all things are become new.
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit,
if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
Now if any man have not
the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former
conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to
the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye
put on the new man, which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness.
Rev 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to
him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and
his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in
fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the
righteousness of saints.
Therefore, if we properly divide asunder the “soul
and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,” what
needs to be crucified, buried, and resurrected in this
sanctification process, is embodied in the mind,
emotions, and will of man’s soul; and it is to this
aspect we will turn our attention. In the coming
chapters we will carefully dissect how this process
works, and how God uses it to conform us “to
the image of his Son.”
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and
sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the
dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints
and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together
for good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate
to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he
might be the firstborn among many brethren.