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Sanctify Yourself Through Christ
Glorifying the experience of New Testament can be sparsely substituted as a description of the “distinctive lifestyle of the committed soul”. What is the distinctive life-style of the committed soul? In learning more and more about the New Testament I would have to say that yes it is about Christ, just like the whole Bible. It is all based on Christ, finding Him in scripture is the key to unlocking the Bible as my Pastor has said during Bible study, and it is true. Jesus was the plan from the beginning. This is clearly shown through the genealogy in Genesis and all throughout Old Testament scripture - all the way up to the birth of Christ in which God created a new covenant with us because of what Christ did for us. He died, took upon all sin for all man, and defeated death, rose again, and ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God in the throne room. We are here for a purpose, and that purpose is to be holy, as God is holy.
The meaning in Hebrews is basically saying that “we have been sanctified, are sanctified (timelessly)”, not by moral transformation but by the sacrifice of Christ! The moral tone of 1st century society was based on what Paul spoke of in Corinthians “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV) The amplified version goes into a little more detail, gaining more understanding of this “THEREFORE, SINCE these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God.” Great promises! What more could we ask for as this is key to this passage. God has promised us much throughout the New Testament, I consider this to be not a New Testament but a new PROMISE, if you look at the word testament in biblical understanding its’ meaning is covenant and covenant is a promise. A promise from the maker of Heaven and Earth, the all-powerful God, and he doesn’t break promises. To glorify our Father, God, we must commit ourselves to be holy, such as he is holy “And you shall be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine” Leviticus 20:26. This is a very strong passage as he is saying that we should be like him, as he stated in Genesis 1:26 “God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness” (Amplified). To be obedient to all of His commands, and live holy lives, according to His will and to His honor and glory as he said “for I the Lord am holy”. Since God stated this He made us to be His people, to be like Him, and imitate Him, and discover His holy nature, and generate within ourselves His optimistic nature. To be holy, blessed, beatified, consecrated, sacred, hallowed, all these terms are the same, whichever choice of words suit you best.
Since God is holy he is “separate” from nature much like Christians are “separate” from this world. John wrote in the Gospel that Jesus stated “If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of this world (no longer one with it), but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you” John 15:19 (Amplified). As Christians we are not of this world, we are a new creation in Christ, we are of God and it is much like God being separate from nature, we are His people to be holy for Him because He is holy. Christ taught us this while He was here; we are to shine like Him. Let your light shine and become the message and the messenger, to motivate each other to let the light of Christ shine. God and Christ are inviting us to use the words and be the witnesses to His greatness edifying Him through our likeness of him by our faith and holiness. “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 (NKJV)
The truth is that God is the truth, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. There are many people that try to dismiss the Bible as false, that it is a story of old, a myth, a series of books written over time that have no meaning, that Christ never existed, always trying to prove that His resurrection did not occur, they are dismissing God. All of these things that they have tried to disprove have no foundation, no answers and are always repeating the same scheme of trying to disprove God but they get nowhere. This is very similar to the scheme of Satan and is somewhat predictable. New age religions are growing more and more into society to discredit the one and only God but in all actuality it is the enemy trying to fill the minds of people to distract them from the truth by giving senseless “facts”, more so what people want to hear, not what is true and written in the Bible. As Christians we have foundation, a truth, and we can grow because we have a foundation that is made on a rock and the rock is Jesus. With Christ there is a way to build up and that is to be holy, to be the light, reflecting the light of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. “Therefore whoever hears of these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall” Matthew 7:24-27
Christianity is not a religion, it is a personal relationship between man and God and the closer that we get to God the more we will become sensitive to sin. So as long as Christians are in the body of Christ we will always be tempted, we will fall, but we will become closer to God. We will continue to seek repentance and forgiveness, not making excuses, never surrendering, but always desiring to be further changed into Christ’s image, stage by stage, throughout our whole lives by the Lord, and by the Spirit. Continue to seek the grace of God as he is our ultimate supplier, our strength, and our song. We are never alone, Christ is always with us and we need to always glorify Him and our Father and the Holy Spirit because we are all a part of God’s plan. He knew the end before the beginning and we need to always remember that He chose us to be a part of His ultimate plan and that is to reside with Him in Heaven and be living in perfect harmony and unity, full of love, laughter, and peace for eternity. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4. We live in Christ with hope for tomorrow, faith in our hearts, and love for all. We became sanctified when we accepted Christ as our savior, our past, present and future are forgiven, let us live as Christ lived reflecting the holiness of God and shine our lights into the darkness for today, tomorrow, and always.