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“So that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption” – 1 Corinthians 1:29‭-‬30 ESV
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Here we see Christ has become for us “wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification and redemption” however in this teaching I will be writing only on sanctification. With time I will write on others.
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To sanctify means “to be set apart”. Christ Jesus has been made our sanctification which means He has been made our “set apart”. For His sake, God has seprated and distinguished us. We have been separated from perishing as John 3:16 says that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. Of course you know the translations that uses “everlasting” in place of “eternal” didn’t translate the word correctly.
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The possibility of us perishing is zero as long as we believe in Christ! We don’t need to pray such prayers asking God to separate us from shame or perishing, its not a prayer point for a believer because we are living in victory already. Its our present time reality. We have been set apart unto glory! As we have been distinguished, we are set for distinction! No matter what happens to the world our own case is different. This is for the sake of Jesus!
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All that is required for it to be our experience is just about hearing the word and walking in it! This is why the bible talks about the renewal of the mind because when we recognize its our life, we walk in it and live by it.
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Sanctification doesn’t happen by our efforts, it happened by Christ Jesus! Sanctification ultimately means to be separated from the world which includes all its negativities. This is why we may experience certain challenges in this world but the Bible clearly says all things works for good to them who love God.
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On a very deeper level, we must understand sanctification beyond our benefits to the kingdom benefits! We have not just been separated to enjoy some piece of cake and some peace of heart, we have been separated for a special use! God didn’t separate us specially and left us alone to enjoy life, we were not just separated from trouble. The bible says,
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“For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice” – 1 Thessalonians 4:3 AMPC
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We were indeed set apart for God’s use and knowing this we can intentionally also set ourselves apart which is the word “consecration”. Knowing that we are not the same with the people of this world, we can indeed live in separation from all worldly vices. We cannot be used when we have not endorsed our separation by Christ Jesus through consecration. Sometimes the vices of this world is tempting, it is tempting at times to commit one or two things because of our fleshy desires but knowing that this is not who we are, that we have been separated unto righteousness we can truly live for God!
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Jesus talked about sanctification in an amazing way, in fact we can see so much light on this subject and we can understand how clearly Jesus is our sanctification. Let’s take some time to read this portion of the book of John,
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“They are not of the world (worldly, belonging to the world), [just] as I am not of the world. Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth. Just as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And so for their sake and on their behalf I sanctify (dedicate, consecrate) Myself, that they also may be sanctified (dedicated, consecrated, made holy) in the Truth. Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching” – John 17:16‭-‬20 AMPC
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Jesus made the above remark and prayer before His death and resurrection. This was facilitated by His sacrifice on the cross where a divine exchange took place. As we look at it now, we should be looking at it as a present day reality! We are not of this world exactly the same way Jesus isn’t of this world for we have become just as He is. He asked that we are sanctified by the Truth and of course in John 14:6 He called Himself the truth. So we are sanctified by Him and He is our sanctification! And we are separated for God not for ourselves! The sanctification of Jesus has become our sanctification just as His righteousness is to our credit! I loved it more seeing that He didn’t make the request for the disciples alone but for who will ever come to believe through the preaching and teaching of the word of God!
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As we have come to believe, Christ is our sanctification to the same degree He was for the Apostles! It happened once and forever, we all have been separated unto God and it cannot be reversed for as long as we are in Christ Jesus we are for God!
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I’d also like to bring to your notice that to be sanctified means to make “holy” and in this regard we know Christ is our “holiness”, we are perfect by Him! No wonder the bible says we are born of incorruptible seed (1 Peter 1:23). We are so perfect that our born again Spirit is infallible. While God has started the process of making us like Christ which is perfect in our Spirits, we will reach a perfect state in time to come as the bible says,
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“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
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Christ is our sanctification and while this is perfect in our Spirit we are progressively moving into a perfect experience of it. We may still make mistakes because we still have flesh but in experience we will one day experience this holiness in a perfect dimension. We are sanctified in the same manner Christ was, we are as powerfully sanctified as Jesus because His sanctification is not just the basis for our sanctification, it is our sanctification.
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You see, there is another phase of this sanctification which many believers think it’s in their line of duty or they can achieve on their own! As Jesus is our sanctification, He will see it to the finish! If God cannot complete what He has started, what is the essence of starting it? God can’t ask us to go and not go with us. Anytime God asks you to do something it means He is right there to do it through you! The Bible says,
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“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:23‭-‬24 ESV
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As Christ is our sanctification once and forever, we will experience it completely at the coming of Jesus. God Himself sanctified us, God Himself will keep us blameless. How do I know this? Verse 24 clearly says that God who has called us is faithful and He will surely do it! I need not be afraid, I need not rely on my efforts! My efforts are results of His efforts! I don’t live separated because I want to be separated, I live separated because I am separated! So many people have the wrong knowledge of consecration. They practice it in the manner that it is by that they become sanctified for the use of God but no! We consecrate ourselves because Christ is our sanctification!
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Hope this teaching blessed you?
Take time to read other teachings on George’s Diary.
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Blessings.
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George O.N | @georgennad
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