What are the three dimensions of sanctification?

Paul calls for the sanctification of three dimensions in 1 Thessalonians 5:23.

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.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV

But a lot of times in Christianity we now make this whole thing inner healing.

  • I just need my mind renewed.
  • These are negative emotions.
  • These are psychological defects.
  • My spirit, oh he’s cool. He’s sinless.
  • My body — well, I’ll get a perfect healing in heaven. So what if I’m going to die at age 48 of a heart attack, and leave behind a wife and four children.
  • I’ll get a perfect healing in heaven.

These are cliches, these are mentalities in mankind. In 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Paul makes a very powerful statement. He said — May the God of peace (so peace comes from God not Prozac) sanctify you wholly. (KJV)

When we talk to believers and ask what they think that means, they say, “Well that’s easy… God needs to sanctify us to make us holy — h-o-l-y.”

It doesn’t say that. The word wholly is not h-o-l-y. It says may the God of peace sanctify you wholly — it’s w-h-o-l-l-y in the King James version. We know the word sanctification means holiness — h-o-l-y. Actually Paul is saying — may the God of peace sanctify you to make you holy, so that you can be made whole, and that you be preserved blameless in this wholeness — spirit, soul, and body, until the coming of the Lord Jesus. But we’re still waiting for the Lord Jesus to come back. So this is a statement of a practical application of instruction that is for every generation between when it was written and when the Lord comes. This is a tremendous equation. Lack of holiness produces lack of wholeness.

The part that needs to be cared for, which is what I represent, is a triage approach — spirit, soul, and body. So this opens up a whole new dimension of thought. One of the areas lacking in Christianity right now is that they just deal with the psychology, and maybe the body to some extent through nutrition. But they don’t take in account that man is a triune being. They read it in the Word, but I don’t think they really think about what it means.

Well, let’s go one step further. Many of us are not a fringe ministry; we’re a ministry on the fringe. Many of us have been ministering for many years. We should be very concerned, not just about healing, but also about what’s called sound doctrine, if that’s a proper term to use these days.

It’s important to be Berean. Being Berean means we go back to the Word and study it for ourselves.

Original Source: Be In Health Global, Henry W. Wright, Donna Wright. It’s a New Day Interview with Henry W. Wright and Donna Wright: 2004.
DVD Course Material. Pleasant Valley Church, GA, 2006. Print.