The Heavenly Vision (3 of 4)
Jesse M. Hendley
Friends, turn with me to Acts, the 26th chapter, and we are studying today a wonderful passage of Scripture, and I hope it will be a rich blessing to you. It has to do with the Apostle Paul and also with us, and it is entitled, "The Heavenly Vision." Paul said, "I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision." What does he mean by the heavenly vision? Did Paul have a vision from heaven? Did heaven contact Paul? And if so, what WAS that heavenly vision that Paul was faithful to? Then again, do we have heavenly visions today? Does God contact people today, and give us visions as He gave Paul?
First of all, notice here in these great 18th and 19th verses of Acts 26, the word SANCTIFICATION. We read in verse 18, "Those which are sanctified by faith that is in Me." I want to remind you here that we have sanctification described in verse 18. There is a lot of questioning about sanctification. And there are a lot of things that can be said about it. But people never seem to get hold of the grasp of what sanctification IS. Some people think sanctification is something you get after you are born again or saved, over in a corner somewhere praying, when you hear voices and feel elevation of spirit and see spiritual things and so on. I am not belittling; I am simply saying that that is what some people think sanctification IS. Maybe people DO have such experiences as that. But that isn't primarily what sanctification is, my friends. I am not belittling, anyone. I am not making fun of anyone who has any visions at all. I am simply getting at the essence of sanctification, which is described here, so that we may intelligently know what it is.
Now sanctification is described in verse 18 of Acts 26 as two things. First, it is the opening of the eyes of the unsaved to the spiritual world. Anything less than this is not sanctification. To open their eyes. That is the first thing. When God sancti ...
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