Christianity surely is to be a Spiritual separation from the worldly life. Yesterday we learned that separation from this world comes at salvation because God sanctifies us. He imparts His holiness to us making us an image of Himself. We further learned that God rightly has ownership of us because He created us to be engaged in good works – righteous works.
Though we are granted a holiness status with God at salvation there are several sources of holiness from which we must continually draw. The Bible lists these sources of sanctification as:
1. Jude 1 reads: â€œJude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Fatherâ€¦â€ James addressed his letter to â€œthem that are sanctified by God the Father.â€ We cannot be saved except God sanctify us (make us holy) at salvation.
2. I Corinthians 1:2 reads: â€œUnto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them which are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saintsâ€¦â€ Paul speaks of Christians as being â€œsanctified in Christ Jesusâ€ which makes them saints or holy ones. The more like Christ a Christian becomes the holier he is.
3. I Peter 1:2 Peter writes to the: â€œElect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spiritâ€¦â€ Peter sees believers as Godâ€™s elect (chosen) by sanctification (being made holy) by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead so therefore must be holy. Our holiness is proportionate to the amount of control we give the Holy Spirit.
4. John 17:17 â€œSanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.â€ Jesus prayed to God the Father for His disciples. He asked God to sanctify the disciples by the truth which is the Word of God. Surely we understand that the more of the Word of God we know and the more it rules us the holier we will be made.
Praise to our gracious God who amply provides what Christians need – sanctification or separation by holiness. We now know that sanctification is provided by God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Word. Christians ought not lack sanctification with the abundance and power of these sure sources.
When God surveys humanity from on high He sees two vastly different groups. The first is the lost people. These are void of Godâ€™s sanctification. They have not been set apart by Godâ€™s holiness. The second group is the saved people – those who have been sanctified (made holy) by God at salvation. In which group are you?
This finishes Part 1: God Separates Christians Unto Himself. As we continue tomorrow we will hear how Christians separate themselves unto God. Until then may GOD BLESS YOU.