Living by Grace

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Are You Being Sanctified?

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.  As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. John 17: 18-19

When Jesus prayed the prayer recorded in John 17, He was only minutes away from Gethsemane and only hours away from the cross. Among other things, His heart was burdened for the sanctification of His disciples.


To “sanctify”  means to set apart. To be “sanctified” means to be set apart. In one sense, all believers were sanctified at the moment of their salvation. Therefore, God set believers apart from the world  to Himself. In another sense, our sanctification must be worked out in our lives.


Another word that explains sanctification is “availability.” When we are sanctified we are available for God to use us. When we are available to God, we are sanctified.


The words “saint,” “holy,” and “holiness” all come from the same root word as do the words “sanctify” and “sanctification.” All have the same of idea of separation. And the idea is that of separation to God.


The “Holy” Spirit is the sanctifying Spirit. He is working in our lives to bring about our full availability to God.


Our part in living out a life of availability to God is living out the five imperatives of Romans 6:11-13. Remember that the last of the five commands is that we “yield our members to God as instruments of righteousness.”