Sanctification is a separation unto God’s purpose. Sanctification is the meaning of holiness.
There are two things to know about sanctification:
1. What you are separated from
2. What is God’s purpose
The required separation is from all sin, impurity, worldliness, and ungodliness. This poses a problem for ungodly people.(This means all of us – Rom 3:10.)
We could never sanctify ourselves! Those Christians who try have not yet learned the lesson of the law.
God’s purpose is a dispensational question. What is God doing? This poses a problem for many Christians who do not know God’s will for their lives.
Both problems are resolved by the dispensation of the grace of God through Jesus Christ.
When we trust the gospel of Christ, Christ separates us from the body of the sins of the flesh with a circumcision made without hands (Col 2:11).
We also are given a new identity and ministry as ambassadors for Christ in the Body of Christ, which is God’s will for you.
Christ separates us, and Christ gives us a position for God’s purpose. This is all done freely by God’s grace and not by our works (Titus 3:5).
We cannot sanctify ourselves. Only God can sanctify. Believers are already sanctified in Christ (1 Cor 1:30). All that remains is for us to be who Christ has made us: set apart for God’s purpose!
For His glory,
Justin “sanctified!” Johnson