WEDNESDAY September 13, 2017
…to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours… - 1 Corinthians 1:2
Paul used the word sanctified because it is in reference to our position “in Christ.” In the book of Ephesians this phrase “in Christ” and its various forms are used more than 40 times. The word sanctified means “set apart.” We need to get that into our minds. We are set apart, not to be exclusive, but God sets us apart so He can use our lives.
When are we set apart? The moment we are born again by the Holy Spirit. Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God… Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:3, 5-6).
We are also called to be saints. What does that mean? God is calling us to be holy or “holy ones.” This is the practical side of sanctification––living out your calling. Paul talked about the Church––the body of Christ–– those who are positionally sanctified in Christ Jesus are called to be saints. Paul has explained to us the benefits of being a recipient of what God has done for us.
Christians have so much to thank God for in their lives! It would be good to spend time in prayer to thank God for all He has done in your life.
But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
~2 Thessalonians 2:13~
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