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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thursday's Word-SANCTIFICATION, part 1

DEFINED:  Setting apart. It means the taking of something which was common before, which might legitimately have been put to ordinary uses, and setting it apart for God’s service, alone.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 2:3 “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.”
If Christians would know this…You are Christ’s -  God’s servants of God through Jesus Christ. You are not to do your own works. You are not to live for your own objectives. You are to say at all times, “God forbid that I should glory, save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus.” You are practical to take this for your motto, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Jesus Christ did not purchase a part of us. Brothers and Sisters, Jesus Christ bought all of you, body, soul and spirit, and He must have you, the whole person. We cannot be partly saved by Him, and partly by ourselves, then live to ourselves. But if God has wholly set you apart to be vessels of mercy fitted for His use, do not rob the Lord; treat not as common cups those things which are as the bowls of the altar!
The word “sanctify” is used, not only to signify that the thing is set apart for holy uses, but that it is to be regarded, treated, and declared as a holy thing. Sanctification is a work IN us, not a work FOR us, and there are two agents – one is the Worker who works this Sanctification effectually – that is the Spirit, and the other Agent, the efficacious means by which the Spirit works this Sanctification is Jesus Christ and His precious blood. Let me make this plain…..

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