SANTIFICATION!

 

Previously, in other teachings on this website, I have discussed the gifts that came upon us through the blood of Jesus. Through his shed blood, we have been redeemed from our sins, from the Law of Moses and from the powers of darkness. We have been justified by the blood of Jesus, as though we have never sinned. I want you also to see that we have been sanctified by his blood. This means to be set apart unto God or to be separated unto God. So now our sins have been forgiven, we have been loosed from the bondage of the law and from spiritual darkness and are set apart as a people unto God, so that we may worship and praise Him.

Sanctified by his body and blood
Under the law of Moses, the high priest would offer sacrifices of animals and would enter into the sanctuary with the blood of bulls and goats as an offering for our sins. Under the new covenant, Jesus was the sin offering.

The writer of Hebrews in comparing the two offerings states in chapter 13, verse 12, "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood..." In Hebrews chapter 10, the writer speaking of the sacrifices under the old covenant, stated in verses 3-4, "But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins." And continuing on in verses 9-10, "Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."

When we speak of faith in the blood, we are also talking about faith in the gospel or believing the gospel, which again, is defined as the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Jesus was praying for us in John chapter 17, verses 16-19, "They are not of this world, even as I am not of this world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes, I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth."

Paul writing in Ephesians 5:25-26 states, "...Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of the water of the word,.." So the book of Hebrews states that we are sanctified by the body and blood of Jesus, John says we are sanctified by the truth and Paul says we are sanctified by the washing of the water of the word. So which is it? I will show you that they are all saying the same thing.

Sanctified by His word
Let us read the book of John, starting in chapter one, verses 1-5, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

And continuing on in verse 14, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." Here John is telling us that the Word of God became flesh, and that the Word of God is Jesus. While this may be hard for the human brain to comprehend, John was writing by the Spirit of God, so accept what it says and ask God for understanding.

Sanctified by truth
Jesus was speaking to Thomas in John 14:6 when he said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life...". Here Jesus was saying he was the truth. And again in John 17:17, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." The Word of God became flesh and the words he spoke on this earth were the truth. Yea, Romans 3:4 states. "...let God be true, but every man a liar..." This is a humbling statement. But it is necessary to be able to understand that everything about Jesus is truth and believing on him is what sets us apart to God.

Why God sanctified us
Paul stated in 2nd Thessalonians 2:13-14, "But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ."

We obtain our salvation when we are sanctified by Jesus unto the Father. We can now dwell in the presence of God. In 1st Thessalonians 5:23, Paul prays, "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." Paul is saying we are blameless before God when Jesus returns. For only the redeemed will hear his voice on that day.

Referring again to the blood of Jesus, Hebrews 9:12-14 states, "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot unto God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"

There you have it. God sanctified us so we could serve him. Jesus stated and it is recorded in John 4:23, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him." The Father's will for our lives from the foundation of the world, is to separate us from the world unto Him, so we can serve Him and worship and praise Him.

So worship God and see his salvation!

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