Psa. 119:34 π Isa. 51:7 π Rom. 3:31 π Rom. 12:2 π 1 Cor. 9:21 π 2 Cor. 3:3 π Heb. 8:10
The definition of sanctification is primarily something or someone set apart for service for God. Moffatt translates it, “consecrated for service.” A secondary thought is being set apart by God because your desire is to be totally obedient, holy and pure before God.
Of course, we cannot truly serve God unless we are desirous of obeying His voice and all His written statutes. We have been taught that “we are free from the law.” Yes, we are free from the law written on tablets of stone, but we are not free from the same laws of God written in our hearts. ( 2 Cor. 3:3; top )
The grace of the New Testament does not make the law null and void. “Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.” ( Rom. 3:31; top ) The law dealt with our hearts. When the heart is in total subjection to Almighty God, then the actions of the law are fulfilled. A truly sanctified vessel will produce the acts required by the law.
If we want to be set aside by God, we must be separated from the world (we are not to be conformed to this world – Rom. 12:2; top ), and all its pleasures. Otherwise, we have no right to expect to be separated from the world’s woes.
We will not be judged by our success or gifts or ministry, but by our sacrifice of ourselves in God’s total divine purpose for our life, which includes being set apart from the world and being totally obedient to God from our hearts.
Do we want to serve God in the same capacity as Jesus did? He was (is) the perfect one and yet He sanctified Himself unto God’s will for His life, unto total obedience to God. A similar commitment by us, void of the filthiness of fleshly desires, would produce a comparable display of profound influence as Jesus did when He walked the earth.
“Give me understanding (knowledge of the holy) and I shall keep Your law; yes, I shall observe it with my whole heart.” ( Psa. 119:34; top )
“…being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ…” ( 1 Cor. 9:21; top )
“…I will put My laws into their mind and write them in their hearts and I will be to them a God and they shall be to Me a people.” ( Heb. 8:10; top )
“Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is My law; fear not the reproach of men, neither be afraid of their revilings.” ( Isa. 51:7; top )
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