"Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" 1Thes5:23'Sanctified completely' & 'Preserved blameless', is this scripture implying that if we are not sanctified completely we will miss it! we will not be kept preserved in that sanctification at His coming?
'Preserved', in original Greek is translated, 'tereo', which comes from 'teros' it means to guard from loss and injury or to keep watch over and retain in custody.(Strong's Concordance-5083).
'Blameless' in the original Greek is translated, 'amemptos', which simply means faultlessly.
But, now I believe more importantly for us, is to know what 'sanctify you completely', means, what is implied by it? Can God make us completely holy? Is this even possible?Hiebert(biblical scholar) agrees, writing that...It is in view of that anticipated coming that the prayer for their preservation is offered. Were there no future parousia(coming), this preservation would be quite pointless. The prayer for their preservation is a significant view of what that day will disclose. It will assure that then they will be blameless.
When we become born again our spirit is transformed from death unto life and made alive to the truth of our carnal nature. We then are on a journey with the Holy Spirit who helps us work out our salvation. While our eyes have been opened to the truth and grace and mercy abound to us to work out our salvation, this does not free us from our body of sin. Staying clean, pure and holy in our whole person is the work of sanctification.
The main thing the Gentile believers(us) were told to abstain from in scripture was things offered to idols, blood, things strangled, and sexual immorality.(Acts15:28-29) These were sins that defiled the body. These are the only laws that got passed down to us from Moses. But Jesus went even deeper, He goes to the heart and soul of mankind. Do you think we can clean up the flesh while neglecting to deal with the innerman?
The Law and the prophets made way for Christ to come, Jesus made way for the Holy Spirit to come, The Holy Spirit prepares the way for Jesus to come back in all His glory and reveal our Father to us. No man has ever seen God the creator! Jesus can't take us to Him unless we are completely sanctified and our bodies are transformed 'in a twinkling of an eye' when He returns at His coming.
This is, where 'working out our salvation with fear and trembling' comes in to it. This narrow hard path of diligently staying on track, praying without ceasing, renewing the mind, dying daily and taking up our cross.
2Corinthians,13:5 Paul writes, 'Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Prove(test) yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?-unless indeed you are disqualified or do not stand the test'.Let God sanctify you inside and outside, clean you up, throw you in the wash. Let Him have the steering wheel to the plan of salvation He has for you. He knows what to do to get you to Heaven, trust Him and then obey Him. Jesus is coming, get ready!