|1 Corinthians 6:11 |
11 And some [of you] were these; instead become washed, instead become sanctified, instead become righteous,2 in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
2 And some [of you] were these; instead become washed, instead become sanctified, instead become righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. The original Greek to this verse has universally been mistranslated by Babylon's scholars to be: apelousasye <628> (5668) you are washed; hgiasyhte <37> (5681) you are sanctified; edikaiwyhte <1344> (5681) you are justified. Some translations even use the past tense; but the original Greek used the aorist tense, which could be translated past, present, or future. The Corinthian believers were still carnal, (fleshly, captive to the sins of the flesh), with envy, strife, and divisions among them, 1 Cor 3:3, which is mutually exclusive with being sanctified, justified, holy, cleansed, pure, perfect, or saved.
George Fox writes of when you are redeemed, sanctified, and justified, in his writing The Great Mystery of the Great Whore Unfolded:
"a believer that is justified is a new creature, is past from the death which came by sin, and comes to enter into His rest, where there is no sin. He who is the sanctification, is the justification, and so by their sanctification are they justified; it is one and the same, what sanctifies, justifies....Men are justified by the believing, and in the faith and by the faith, and in believing they overcome, and have victory; and there are mortification, and sanctification, and redemption, and justification, all possessed together in the one, which is Christ, and this to the particular satisfaction. "
Clearly in the above, Fox is referring to the second stage of perfection.
Consider the following:
But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found to be sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid! Gal 2:17 For we through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. Gal 5:5.
You are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Rom 6:16.
Only the doers of the law will be justified. Rom 2:13-14.
You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. James 2:24.
Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling." Philippians 2:12.
Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Cor 7:1.
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Cor 15:34.
as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, Eph 5:26-27.
So, you can see the danger of looking at isolated verses and concluding that anyone who believes is cleansed, justified, and righteous — which is not true. Paul, in all the above cited verses is speaking to "believers" in the churches. But all of them are obviously not justified, righteous, clean, pure, sanctified, or perfect — yet. All of which can occur through faith by the Spirit; but it is not automatic. You must have works of faith, which begin with commanded acts of repentance. You must be freed from sin, but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live. Rom 8:13.