But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 1 Corinthians 1:30 (NASB)
Today I want to share my thoughts from my recent study on the subject of sanctification. I heard much about this word in my younger days, mainly in reading the teachings of General William Booth in Salvation Army doctrine. But Such words are hardly heard nowadays which is quite a shame, many souls are missing out in their walk with their God in not knowing words like sanctification.
Sanctification is the impartation of the Holy qualities of Jesus Christ in a believer; it is not mere imitation but allowing Him to work in and through us. In “My Utmost For His Highest” Oswald Chambers defines it thus: “it means being one with Jesus. Sanctification is not something Jesus Christ puts into me – it is Himself in me.” In the Bible the root idea of sanctify is to “set apart.” By Almighty God’s choosing we are set apart from the beginning of time ( 2 Thessalonians 2:13). As believers in Christ it is our duty to set ourselves apart from the world, to follow Him.
Sanctification is the work of God by His Holy Spirit in us; it is the process by which the Spirit makes our union with Jesus Christ deeper and more real, leading us into a life of holiness. In the work of sanctification we have the whole Godhead at work in and through us, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, throughout our entire life ( Romans 6:19, 1 Corinthians 15:31).
Dear reader, are you being sanctified in and through your Lord and Saviour, by the work of the Holy Spirit? I pray that you are on this lifelong trek along the Highway of Holiness, being surrendered and inviting Him into yourself each day. May sanctification progress in your walk with God, leading you closer to Him.