Sanctified For God
7/20/2012

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2Timothy 2:20-22 (NKJV)

There are many who feel once they have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior there is nothing more to do but to live their own life for the sole purpose of pleasure and enjoyment.   In other words they somehow feel they can continue to live according to the desires of their flesh.  But this is not biblically true.  Once we have repented of our sin and genuinely confessed Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have been redeemed and justified; so we are now to walk in newness of life (Eph. 4:21-24)—we are to be sanctified

Q:      What does it mean to be Sanctified?

The biblical meaning of the word Sanctified is to be “Made Holy,” and/or to be “Set Apart.” 

The word sanctified comes from a root word, which is hagios, which is also translated saint, the root word. It means one who is set apart for exclusive purposes.  God has set apart your life for “His” use once you have been saved.  This means we have been set apart from the world and the things of the world as well.  Our life should reflect God’s ways, and this process will continue until we see God.  God wants to use us to further the Kingdom.  He wants to use us in the lives of other believers as well; to build up, and strengthen those who are going through hardships.

This is exactly what God did with the Apostles in the early church.  He sent them out to share the Gospel message with the unsaved world to open their eyes in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus (see Acts 26:18).

And because we have been sanctified as Christians, we are to sanctify or set apart the Lord in our hearts—We need to make a place for God especially within our hearts

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 1Peter 3:15 (NKJV)

We have been saved by God’s grace (His unmerited favor), and we have been redeemed (paid for).  And as a result of this redemption of Jesus’ blood, we have been justified (declared, not guilty), and we have been sanctified (Set apart for God’s purpose).  Understanding the biblical truths of these facts enables us to share the Gospel message in faith and love.

I want to encourage you today to meditate upon these things.  Let’s choose to share this message with those whom God lays upon our hearts, and those He brings into our lives.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1Peter 3:15 what are we asked to do?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you prepared to sanctify the Lord in your heart so you may give others a reason for the hope that is in you?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to allow God to set us apart for His purposes and remember that we have been purchased with the blood of Jesus. 

LET’S PRAY:  Father, Thank You for Your amazing gift of life.  Father, You have promised us abundant life as we choose to lay our lives down and we pick up our cross daily and follow You.  Show us how to love others as You have loved us.  Give us Your love within our hearts so we may share it with others.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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