Did We Walk Sanctified?

December 31, 2012

As this year rushes to a close, let’s be meditating on how we conducted ourselves throughout it. Did we act in accordance with Christ-likeness? Did we love God and others? Did we love the Truth and uphold it, proclaim it, further it, and live it? Did we hate evil and love righteousness and show this by our behavior? In other words, did we walk holy and in obedience to the Word of God?

There should be no excuse for not having done so. For if we have crossed over from death to Life (John 5:24), then we are in the sphere of Eternal Life. We are in Christ and in His Kingdom. And in that place, we are “being sanctified by the the work of the Spirit.” (See 1 Peter 1:2)

To be sanctified is not only to be set apart as sacred, but also to be cleansed (made clean and pure) by Christ in actuality. It means to be set free from sin (Rom. 6:18), set free from the old self with its sinful nature (v. 6,7 // Gal. 5:24), set free from the world (Gal. 6:14 // John 17:14,16), set free from the kingdom of darkness (Col. 1:13), and set free from the devil (John 12:31), his power (Luke 10:18,19), and his work. (1 John 3:8) It means to be set apart for God as sacred and cleansed vessels whom He can set up rule within so that we can be inhabited by Him, cherished by Him, and of use to Him. This is the Great News and our wonderful privileged position! It is a position of participation in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) by having become one in spirit with Christ (1 Cor. 6:17) so that we forever-after possess His divine power to consistently live spiritually strong and holy (v. 3 // 1 Peter 1:15 & 4:1,2 // 1 John 3:5,6,9), thus able to victoriously advance His Kingdom, not only throughout the earth, but within our own spirit.

Yes, we ourselves are to be adding to our faith goodness, knowledge, self-control, etc. (2 Peter 1:5-7), increasing in these so as to be spiritually effective and productive (v. 8 ) so that our salvation will be kept secure. (v. 10,11 & 3:17,18) We are to be progressing and growing, never stagnating, but continually bearing an abundance of fruit (John 15:2) –fruit that will last. (v. 16) God chose this for us all, and we do not want to refuse His will, or else we will be cut off. (same verses // v. 6 // Rom. 11:20-22)

Therefore, let us look back over 2012 and evaluate ourselves as to whether or not we behaved as one in-dwelt by Christ Jesus. (2 Cor. 13:5) Were we “training ourselves to be godly” (see 1 Tim. 4:7) so as to become increasingly conformed to the image of Christ? (Rom. 8:29) Did we grow in knowledge, wisdom, righteousness, and maturity as we incessantly made use of God’s Word in training ourselves to discern good from evil? (Heb. 5:12-14) Did we hear and follow (listen to and obey) the Shepherd’s voice (John 10:27) so that His Spirit could, unhindered, guide us into all Truth? (16:13) Did we allow His anointing to teach us all things (1 John 2:27) as we sought daily to know Christ better, and as we diligently pursued purity and blamelessness in God’s sight? (Phil. 1:9-11 // 1 Tim. 6:11-14)

Because, if we claim to have crossed from death to Life… if we claim to be walking in the Kingdom of God… if we claim to be in-dwelt with the Spirit… if we claim to belong to Christ… if we claim to be on our way to Heaven… then our holy conduct must be a reality. For if our claims are legitimate, then by having been thoroughly cleansed by Christ’s blood (Heb. 10:22 // 1 Peter 1:2), we will, in fact, not merely in claim, be living in accordance with this cleansing, fully able to do so because we remain in complete submission to “the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:2)

with love,

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