"If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master's use, and prepared unto every good work." 11 Timothy 2:21

The word sanctification simply means to be set apart for a specific use. In scriptural context it means to be made holy. We know and understand that God Himself is the only true Holy One, but His desire for us is that we "...lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us..." Hebrews 12:1

The Lord wants us to take upon ourselves the attributes of Christ and be a "living sacifice" daily to our peers. In 1 Peter 1:13-16 we are reminded that holiness is more than our actions, it is also our thoughts. There are those that teach it is our action alone that brings us to holiness; this is Biblically unfounded and provides a false hope for eternity.

The Biblical doctrine of sanctification is always proceeded by the doctrine of salvation. The Bible declares that our "righteousness (good works) are as filthy rags" without the righteousness of Christ placed upon us. In Romans Chapter 3, we read about no one being righteous and that "there is none that doeth good." But, we also find in verses 21-26 that the Blood of Christ makes it possible for us to be saved and His righteousness can be declared through our life.

If you have never trusted Christ as your Saviour, would you by faith receive Him today? And, if you are already a child of God, would you be willing to take on the attirbutes of your Heavenly Father through santification of your life?

Saved to Serve,
Pastor Darrell Roe