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God’s New Math: Addition Through Subtraction

This morning our Pastor’s sermon was on sanctification and his title was the same as this post.  He preached from two texts, which I quote:

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness andworldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13  waiting for our blessedhope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14  who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.  —  Titus 2:11-14

23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.  —  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

The best part of the sermon though was the illustration, which was about the purifying of silver.

Silver is mined from the ground in the form of silver ore.  The ore is pulverized into powder and then put into a pot or cauldron where it is heated to over 900 degrees Celsius.  As the silver melts, it sinks to the bottom, being heavier than the surrounding ore.  Once all of the silver is melted, the slag, or dross, is left on the top where it is scooped off and disposed of.  When the process is almost complete, the refiner will stir the molten silver to make sure that there are no pockets of slag remaining under the surface.  As these pockets are loosened, they too float to the top, where they can be disposed of.

The refiner knows the process of purification (or in human terms, sanctification) is complete when he looks into the surface of the silver and sees his own image reflected without blemish.

The analogy of God purifying His saints is perfect.  As God subtracts the sin from our lives, He replaces it with His holiness.  His work in us is complete when He looks into our being, and the reflection He sees is His own, perfect in holiness.


My daily prayer:  Lord, I ask that You remove from my life anything that displeases You, until all that You see when You look at me is You.


April 29, 2012 - Posted by | Godliness, Revival, Sanctification, Uncategorized, Worship | , , , ,


  1. Reblogged this on Talon's Point and commented:
    This blog post by John Dulleck goes perfect with a Mother’s Day post I had a couple years ago on another site. I’ll try to locate it and post as well on http://www.talonspoint.wordpress.com

    Comment by Talon's Point | May 12, 2012 | Reply

  2. This is an interesting post. As a non-christian the concept of not being sanctified from birth is somewhat lost on me. But one thing I am interested in, is your opinion of many of these Christian Apologist’s that use things like Van Til’s TAG concept for “defending Christianity”.

    It seems to counter what I do understand about Christianity in modern times, due to the fact that instead of attempting to educate they go on the war path against other belief systems.

    As what seems like a level headed person I would love to hear how you feel about the sanctity of these people or if they are truly lost on the message?

    Comment by Derik | May 1, 2012 | Reply

    • Ah, my new Twitter friend, thank you for stopping by Derik.

      I have to admit, until I saw it mentioned here I had never heard of Van Til’s TAG.In an attempt to familiarize myself with the idea a little, I googled it. The wealth of information you can find with Google is truly astonishing.

      Regardless of the information I found though I am afraid I will not be of much help concerning your main question.

      What I do know is, the message of Christianity has not changed from biblical times. That message is both simple and powerful, that:
      – Man is sinful and in need of a Savior
      – Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world
      – Anyone who believes this and asks Jesus for salvation will be given the free gift of everlasting life

      Beyond that, I would not presume upon God to say whether an individual who teaches the TAG idea is saved, or sanctified, or not. That is something that is between them and God alone, and not for others to judge.

      I’m really glad you stopped by. I hope that you will read other of the posts that I have written, or find other Christian blogs that may interest you in my Blog Roll.

      God bless,

      Comment by johnconstitution | May 1, 2012 | Reply

  3. John why are my last comments not showing under comments this seems strange, please explain.


    Comment by Freesomborn | April 30, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Anne,

      As I have explained before, my settings, which, as I mentioned earlier, I have checked, are that only first time posters require moderation. As to why some are requiring moderation, I still have no clue.

      Don’t feel bad though, your posts are not the only ones I have had to approve lately, it has happened with others as well.

      Comment by johnconstitution | April 30, 2012 | Reply

  4. Hi John, have you considered the verses below and there are many more, it is not just about being sapped by God, we have a choice, God never goes against our free will, Jesus choice to die for us and He also chose to reject the Devils Temptations, we will be tried but it is not by God, we all go through testing as the Devil seeks to claim us as his own. But what God has started He will finish as a Redemda Child of God who He has known from Eternity would come to heart repentance we never go through it alone.

    But we can’t just ignore the Scriptures John or reject them, twist or change them because they don’t fit into our agenda or what others have told us. We have to be perfected in Love if we are to be conformed into the image of Jesus, our flesh has to be put to death and yes God does not allow that to be more then we can bear and He provides a way out in Jesus Christ. Our faith sanctifies our non believing husbands and wives but it does not save them, it just covers them untill they come to heart repentence and it is the same with us untill we are Born again…

    1 John 3 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    Romans 8 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

    Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

    1John 4:16-17 And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. God is Love; and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world

    2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

    Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit

    Romans 6:17-19 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness

    Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

    Philippians 1:9-10 And this is my prayer: that your Love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.

    Philippians 2:14-15 Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

    1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    Christian Love and blessings from both of us – Anne

    Comment by Freesomborn | April 30, 2012 | Reply

    • Anne, the only “agenda” I have is to be a follower of my Lord, to be conformed to His image.

      God bless,

      Comment by johnconstitution | April 30, 2012 | Reply

      • I’m remembering a favorite quote from Hank Hanefraaff, “Concerning the essentials of the faith, unity. Concerning the non-essentials, liberty. Concerning all things, charity.” As this is a quote from memory, I may have missed the exact wording slightly, but the essential idea is there.

        God bless,

        Comment by johnconstitution | April 30, 2012 | Reply

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