Growth in Sanctification


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Growth in Sanctification.

“Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord who sanctifies you.” Leviticus 20:7,8 NKJV.

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Take a look at the number of synonyms used in this passage. “Consecrate” and “holy” (V7) are from the same root meaning “santifies” (V8) becomes the third use of the same word. The basic concepts expressed here is one of being set aside for God’s use and His use only. However, notice that in V7 we are told to consecrate or sanctify ourselves, while in V8 God says He is the one who does the sanctifying.

The former finds its capacities in the latter; “I can become holy because God has declared me so in Christ and has provided them means for my growth in holiness,”The emphasis in the words “sanctify” and “holy” is on position.

Our position when we accepted Christ as Lord and Savior became as one set apart by God, having been called out of the world and placed in the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:12). To sanctify ourselves, we open to His nature and power, enabling us to follow the model of our holy God (Lev. 19:2).

Therefore, “consecrate yourselves” is a command, not a suggestion or an option for the believer. Our call within His promised grace directs us to desire to grow in our relationship to God.

Tomorrow: Growth in Conduct.

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