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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. 2 Timothy 2:20-22 (NKJV)

There are many who hear the good news of Jesus Christ and they place their faith in Him for their forgiveness of sin and for salvation, but they are not told everything about the covenant they have just entered into.  They are not told their life is not longer their own, that they have been bought and paid for — they are to begin to walk in newness of life (Eph. 4:21-24), and to live in a way to glorify God (1 Cor. 6:19-20) — they are to be sanctified.   

Q: So, what exactly 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. 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 face-to-face.  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, which means giving Christ the special place that is his due at the center of our lives. There He is to reign as Lord.

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; 1 Peter 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 through 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 think and pray upon these things.  Choose to share this message with those whom God lays upon your heart, and those He brings into your life.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Peter 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?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to allow God to set you apart for His purposes and remember that you have been purchased with the blood of Jesus.  

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for Your amazing gift of life. Father, You have promised me abundant life as I choose to lay my life down and I pick up my cross daily and follow You.  Show me how to love others as You have loved me.  Give me Your love within my heart so I may share it with others.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Blessings upon your day, Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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