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Sanctification, Consecration and the Anointing

Updated on July 14, 2013

Thousands of believers don’t know the relationship between sanctification and consecration and how these two affect the anointing on a person’s life. They think that one can flow in the anointing and continue to live in sin. On the contrary the fact is that sin hinders the flow of the anointing. If one lives in sin and still seems to be anointed, the destruction of that person, though delayed, can be sudden.

Those who are in the ministry must watch the end of people who mixed unrighteousness with the anointing. Such folks ended up disgracing themselves and the Body of Christ.

Our attitude towards wealth, women and fame is crucial. These are the traditional waterloos of ministers. It is however, strange that in spite of the countless cases of disastrous consequences of misjudgments on the part of many preachers, more men and women of God continue to fall every year.

In His earthly role as a consecrated preacher of Good News and Intercessor of the world, Jesus sanctified Himself. He could not have ministered to the needs of humankind without sanctifying Himself. His sanctification separated Him to God and fortified Him against the pollution of the world.

John 17:17-19

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have

I also sent them into the world.

And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

In His High Priestly prayer for the Church, He asked the Father to sanctify the disciples because they were also in the world. The Church is operating in the world and must be sanctified because of the filth around us. The forces of evil and contaminants of the world make it imperative for God to sanctify us for the ministry. Our sanctification cleanses us from all sin and fortifies us against further contamination.

John 17:17-19

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have

I also sent them into the world.

And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

The connection between sanctification and consecration on one hand and the anointing on the other is portrayed in Exodus 28:41.

Exodus 28:41

And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shall anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

The verse mentions sanctification and consecration as two different things. It then connects the two things with the anointing. Let us investigate the difference between sanctification and consecration though the two are almost impossible to separate.

Distinction Between Sanctification and Consecration Consecration and sanctification are not exactly the same. They mean two different things though closely related.

To sanctify is the Hebrew word qadash and it means to be pronounced ceremonially or morally clean, to be dedicated, appointed and set apart.

To consecrate is the word male’ which means to fill, to fulfill, to accomplish, to replenish, overflow and to satisfy.

We deduce from the above meanings of the words that a person is sanctified to be consecrated. By sanctification we are appointed, dedicated to God and made clean by the word of God. The process of consecration then introduces a filling and replenishing phase of our callings that makes us ready for use by the master.

One can be sanctified and still be empty. Consecration takes sanctification one step further. Sanctification is an emptying process where we are cleansed from the old life whereas consecration is a filling process where new life is poured into us. It is important to note that you can be sanctified and yet not be consecrated. However, these two (consecration and sanctification) have to go together. Sanctification is not complete until consecration is added to it.

Consecration (male’) also means the following:

• To be Fenced. God has put a fence around you and no principality can trespass your territory. For this same reason, you cannot choose to live your life anyhow. You cannot jump the fence because you are living a restricted or fenced life.

• To be Expired. Your old life has expired. Your old man is crucified with Christ. For a consecrated person even his old profession or career might be over. When people don’t want to pay the price for the ministry, they try to combine their vocations with their callings. Whereas this may not always be wrong, it leads to a lot of discomfort in our pursuit of God.

• To have Wholly. You are totally God’s. You cannot serve God and the devil at the same time. You don’t belong to yourself anymore. You belong to God.

When a thing or person is sanctified and consecrated, he belongs to God completely. Many people give their lives and things to God and later change their minds. Several years ago a man in our church got angry with the church for some trivial reasons. He left the church and demanded a refund of all the tithes he had ever paid in the church. I made our accounts office calculate his tithes and restore the money to him. Not long after this, this gentleman went mad. I believe that by demanding his tithe he removed God’s hand from his head. God promises to rebuke the devourer for our sakes when we tithe. To collect your tithe back from God is to revoke His protection.

The pleasures of this world have prevented many people who are called by God from responding to the call. I know a man who is struggling with God’s calling on his life. He keeps moving in and out of full time ministry. He responds to the ministry only to realize that he is facing financial challenges. Because he cannot live by faith he goes back to his business. He is worried about the money the world gives him. Again he might be struggling with losing his dignity as a businessman. Pastors don’t have enough prestige and dignity in many places. This man reminds me of Peter who went back to his fishing industry after the death of Christ. He even dragged other apostles into his deviation from heavenly orders.

One night he toiled all night and could not get any fish. Jesus stood by the shore in the morning after His resurrection and asked Peter whether he had caught any fish and Peter said no. His disobedience brought him no gain.

John 21:5-6

Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

Peter and his compatriots caught no fish though they had compromised their callings. Jesus had to show them how to catch fish and when they obeyed they had a great harvest of fish. He asked them if they had any meat and they said no. I believe that God is asking somebody the same question

– have you any meat? You left church and compromised with the world in search of a husband but have you got one? No. You broke away from a church because you despised your position as an associate pastor. You started your own work with the aim of getting satisfaction but have you got any? No. You left the place God called you to and went looking for greener pastures but have you made any wealth? No. Stay with your calling and remain sanctified and consecrated.

Consecration must be total. It is also irreversible. To change something we gave to God into another thing is dangerous. When we are consecrated it is for life.

A sanctified and consecrated life leads to the operation of a strong anointing. The anointing is the working of God’s power in our lives when we live consecrated lives.

The Anointing

Having considered sanctification and consecration, let us look

at the anointing. In Exodus 28:41 the word to anoint is the

Hebrew word mashah_ which means to paint (with oil).

This anointing is the oil of identification which differentiates a consecrated man from others. The application of the oil is a mark of authority. It empowers one to operate in the office one is called into.

A simple analogy can help us understand the relationship between the anointing, sanctification and consecration. Consider a bottle of coca-cola drink:

The empty bottle is first set apart and sanitized – sanctification. The bottle is then filled with the coca-cola drink – consecration. The coca-cola label is put on the bottle – the anointing.

The label is the seal of the coca-cola company. Nobody can claim ownership of the product. People who patronize the product are not in doubt about what they are drinking. The label is the mark (the painting or the anointing). It constitutes the authorization of the contents of the bottle to sell as coca- cola. The fact that without the sanitization and filling of the bottle the label will be useless should strike us. Anointing without sanctification and consecration is useless.

Sanctification and consecration must always precede the anointing. The need for consecration must drive us to exert ourselves in any way that can make us walk in total consecration.

Jesus sanctified Himself during His earthly ministry. His sanctification was so comprehensive that the anointing on His life knew no limits. He went everywhere, doing good. He healed everyone who came to Him for healing. The success rate of His anointing was one hundred per cent because He did not sin. The devil had nothing in Him so when He commanded all devils they came out of those who were possessed by them.

Acts 10:38

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Jesus totally consecrated and so the anointing on Him had complete authority over the devil and nature. The anointing on His life also gave Him unlimited access to heaven and presence of the Father. As we look unto Jesus who is the author and the finisher of our faith, we must discover the practical ways to live consecrated lives.

We cannot be used by God if we are not sanctified. Jesus sanctified Himself before He could minister to us and the servant cannot be greater than His master. We are the servants of the Lord Jesus and we cannot be used by God if we are not sanctified.

2 Timothy 2:19-21

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

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.

The above scripture makes it clear that God uses us based on the level of our sanctification. We can only be fit for every good work if we are totally consecrated unto God. The Apostle Paul walked in great power and authority because he was totally consecrated unto God – he belonged to God and served Him without reservation.

Acts 27:23

For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose

I am, and whom I serve,

Unlike Paul who was totally consecrated to God and hence walked in great power, the sons of Sceva attempted to cast out devils without consecration to God. They had the rude shock of their lives when the evil spirits scattered them in confusion.

Acts 19:13-16

Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.

And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.

And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

Earlier on we learned the three things we should do to walk in consecration. These things were delighting in the word of God, meditating on the word of God and being planted by the rivers of water.

The life of Daniel vividly portrays the practical application of these keys to consecrated living. His life demonstrates his attitude towards the word of God and the way he planted himself in his convictions. He exerted four forces of consecration that made him different in his generation. These forces of consecration are the forces of conviction, concentration, contentment and connection.

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      Ron Hunley 19 months ago

      Please help me. The teaching on consecration, sanctification and anointing are great. Strong's Concordance, however, shows both consecration and sanctification as the same Hebrew word "qadash" from the root word "qodesh". Strong's doesn't show "male'" as one of the words. Can you help me out about the discrepancy?

      Thank you in advance,

      In His service,

      Ron Hu ley

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      Reginald Boswell 12 months ago from Alabama

      nice one!

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