The Flow of Sanctification

“The Lord has said: ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.’” “Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you.” “So you shall keep my commandments and do them: I am the Lord. And you shall not profane my holy name, that I may be sanctified among the people of Israel. I am the Lord who sanctifies you, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the Lord.” Leviticus 10:3; 20:8; 22:31-33

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord,.. but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began… By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.” “He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one origin.” 2 Timothy 1:6-9,14; Hebrews 2:11

The theme of God’s sanctifying His people is woven through Scripture like a golden thread from Genesis to Revelation. Not as often is it mentioned alongside God’s own sanctification, or holiness, which actually is the key to ours. While our being made holy is led by the Almighty, it requires our yielding to the powerful refining work of the Holy Spirit, and we must begin with a high view of God, sanctifying Him in our hearts as Supreme King and Absolute, Holy Highness. From that vantage point, we are in a humble position to be sanctified by Him through every part.

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His is the holiness, His the potent persuasion. God it is who crashes His might into our personalities and proclivities, who washes pure our intentions and resolve, who ignites in us His holy calling. We then, in an act of our transforming will, begin to live out His power, love, self-control, boldness, and grace. With each act in the flow of His Spirit, we grow in Christ-likeness, we build stronger immunity against sin impulses, we are being ‘sanctified.’ Truly, as practice makes perfect, following in the Lord’s steps makes us increasingly holy in this life, though we are not fully like Him until we see Him face to face. (Matthew 5:13; 1 John 3:2)

Where do we need His Spirit’s wash today? Will we hand Him the reins of our decisions, mouths, cravings, activities, for consecration and sanctity?

“Cleanse and refine our earthly parts, inflame and sanctify our hearts; our frailties help, our vice control, submit the senses to the soul.”  ~John Dryden (1631-1700)

Holy Lord, guard me against an evil, unbelieving heart, from being hardened by sin”s deceitfulness or falling away from You. Sanctify my deepest parts from which all else flows. Captivate me with Your holiness until, with every fiber of my being, I desire to be holy too. (Hebrews 3:12-13; 1 Peter 1:16)

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