"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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Sanctified means made free from sin or made pure. Here we will see that Jesus Christ is our sanctification. He makes us pure, or sanctifies us by the word of God, cleaning us with his word as the water. "John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word," Again it conforms that the word of God sanctifies us and this sanctification will give us inheritance in the kingdom of God. Cleaning with the word refers to our obeying the word of God. "Acts 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified." If we are sanctified, our past sins will be forgiven. We will inherit the kingdom of God. "Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me." The true ministry of God is not to manage a religious church, but to keep the people acceptable to God, by keeping them sanctified. "Romans 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost." The Lord Jesus Christ is our sanctification. How will he become our sanctification? First, we accept him as our wisdom, then by obeying his commandments we become his righteousness, we will be sanctified and then we will be forgiven our past sins by his blood, and the next step is redemption that is the inheritance in heaven. "1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:" One more important thing is that it is the 'Will' of God in our life and it is our responsibility to verify it and keep it. "1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach." It is the Lord who prepares the foundation for our sanctification by giving his life, but we have to do our part to have it.
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