THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 7-30-17

LESSON TITLE: “GOD’S PEOPLE ARE SANCTIFIED”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US THIS MORNING FOR THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM. WE ARE HONORED THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE WITH US TODAY FOR THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO GOD. IT IS ALWAYS OUR PRIVILEGE, EACH LORD’S DAY, TO COME TOGETHER ON THIS PROGRAM AND TO EXALT OUR ALMIGHTY GOD AS WE STUDY HIS WORD AND SING PRAISES TO HIS NAME. MAY WE EACH DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS SACRIFICE ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. NOW LET’S APPROACH HIS THRONE IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE, THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO BE SERVANTS IN YOUR KINGDOM. AND FATHER, WE ASK THAT TODAY AND EVERYDAY THAT WE MIGHT BE LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD THAT OTHERS MIGHT KNOW YOU THROUGH US. FATHER, HELP US THIS DAY TO WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AND TO GIVE YOU OUR OFFERINGS IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE CAN BE FOUND PLEASING KNOWING THAT IN THE END WE'LL RECEIVE THE GREAT REWARD OF HEAVEN SOMEDAY. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING PROMISES IN GOD’S WORD TO HIS FOLLOWERS IS HEAVEN. IN THE BIBLE, THERE ARE MANY REFERENCES TO THIS WONDERFUL AND MAGNIFICENT PLACE OF THE SOUL. ONE IDEA WHICH WE REALLY LIKE TO THINK ABOUT IS THE MENTION OF MANSIONS UP THERE. IN FACT, JESUS USED THIS CONCEPT, AS HE TRIED TO GIVE US AN EARTHLY IDEA OF JUST HOW GREAT HEAVEN WOULD BE. OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING REMINDS US ABOUT THIS ETERNAL REWARD AND ASK US THE QUESTION, “ARE WE READY TO MEET OUR GOD?” SO, AT THIS TIME, WON’T YOU ALL JOIN IN AND FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE WORDS, AS WE SING TOGETHER, “PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IF YOU WERE TO ASK MOST PEOPLE TODAY WHAT WAS THE IMPORTANT THING IN RELATIONSHIP TO HOW OTHERS PERCEIVE THEM, I IMAGINE THE RESPONSE WOULD BE THE WAY WE LOOK! LET’S FACE IT, ALL OF US ARE CONSUMED TO A POINT WITH OUR HAIR, FACE, BODY, AND WEIGHT. IN FACT, IT SEEMS LIKE JUST WHEN WE START LIKING ONE PART OF OUR ANATOMY, WE THEN FIND ANOTHER PART TO FOCUS ON, WHICH DOESN’T QUITE MEET OUR EXPECTATIONS.

ALL OF THIS IS FURTHER CONFIRMED BY THE MANY FITNESS CENTERS AND GYMS YOU CAN FIND AROUND SPRINGFIELD. IF YOU TURN ON YOUR T. V., YOU WILL FIND PAID ADVERTISEMENTS THAT ARE PROMOTING ONE PIECE OF WORKOUT EQUIPMENT AFTER ANOTHER, ALL PROMISING TO MAKE YOU A PERFECT “10,” BEFORE THOSE OF THIS WORLD.

THIS MORNING I WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THIS LIFE IS NOT HOW WE LOOK, BUT HOW WE LIVE BEFORE GOD. WHAT WE DO AND SAY TODAY, WILL DETERMINE OUR ETERNAL SALVATION. SO IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE DO IT GOD’S WAY.

PAUL UNDERSTOOD THIS VERY WELL WHEN HE SAID, “FOR BODILY EXERCISE PROFITS A LITTLE, BUT GODLINESS IS PROFITABLE FOR ALL THINGS, HAVING PROMISE OF THE LIFE THAT NOW IS AND OF THAT WHICH IS TO COME,” 1 TIMOTHY 4:8. YOU SEE, PAUL HERE CONFIRMS OUR NEED TO FOCUS ON THE GODLY, BECAUSE IT IS THAT WHICH WILL BENEFIT US MORE NOW AND EVEN IN RELATIONSHIP TO ETERNITY.

PETER ALSO HAD SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT OUR TOPIC THIS MORNING. IN 1 PETER 3:3-4, WE READ, “DO NOT LET YOUR ADORNMENT BE MERELY OUTWARD; ARRANGING THE HAIR, WEARING GOLD, OR PUTTING ON FINE APPAREL; RATHER LET IT BE THE HIDDEN PERSON OF THE HEART, WITH THE INCORRUPTIBLE BEAUTY OF A GENTLE AND QUIET SPIRIT, WHICH IS VERY PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF GOD.” NOTICE HERE THAT PETER IS NOT CONDEMNING THE FACT THAT WE WANT TO LOOK BETTER PHYSICALLY OR PRESENT OURSELVES WELL BEFORE OTHERS BECAUSE HE SAID OUR ADORNMENT SHOULD NOT BE MERELY OUTWARD. HOWEVER, VERSE 4 TELLS US THAT THE REAL PERSON OR INDIVIDUAL IS FOUND IN THE HEART! THAT INWARD PERSON IS BEAUTIFUL, BECAUSE OF GENTLENESS AND THE RIGHT SPIRIT. I ALSO LIKE HOW HE ENDS HIS REMARKS BY SAYING, THAT THIS INWARD GOOD PERSON IS “PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF GOD.”

NOW I HOPE YOU ARE BEGINNING TO SEE THAT WE NEED TO FOCUS MORE ON THE INWARD MAN THAN THE OUTWARD BECAUSE GOD IS INTERESTED IN WHO WE REALLY ARE INSIDE. NOT LIKE MAN, WHO FOCUSES ON JUST WHAT WE LOOK LIKE ON THE OUTSIDE. HOWEVER, KEEP IN MIND THAT WE MUST PRESENT OURSELVES BEFORE THIS WORLD AS THOSE WHO ARE HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS IN THE WAY WE LOOK OUTWARDLY, AS WELL AS WHAT PEOPLE TRULY FIND BY GETTING TO KNOW US INSIDE OUT!

TODAY, WE WILL AGAIN FOCUS ON OUR NEW SERIES ENTITLED, “HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE.” OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC THIS MORNING WILL BE, “GOD’S PEOPLE ARE SANCTIFIED.” AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, WE WILL BE LEAD IN THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD.

AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER OF THE DAY, WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE BROTHER KEVIN PATTERSON WITH US. MANY OF YOU REMEMBER BROTHER KEVIN AS HE WORKED IN THIS AREA AND REGULARLY HELPED US WITH THIS TELEVISION PROGRAM. BROTHER PATTERSON IS NOW A MINISTER IN SEBRING, FLORIDA AND HE WORKS WITH THE SEBRING PARKWAY CHURCH OF CHRIST. WE ARE SO HAPPY HE WAS ABLE TO JOIN US THIS WEEK AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING OUR MAIN STUDY FROM GOD WORD THIS DAY, IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. BUT FOR NOW, LET’S RETURN TO SONG OF PRAISE AND JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE DAY, THE NAME OF THE SONG, “PURER IN HEART O GOD.”

LESSON

KEVIN PATTERSON

“BUT YOU ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE THAT YOU MAY PROCLAIM THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS AND INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT.”

GOOD MORNING AND THANK YOU FOR STAYING WITH US AND IT IS TRULY A PLEASURE AND A PRIVILEGE TO BE BACK WITH YOU FOR THIS TELEVISION PROGRAM THIS MORNING. LAST WEEK WE STARTED A SERIES OF LESSONS UNDER THE THEME " HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE ' AND THAT COMES FROM THE PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE I READ YOU JUST A MOMENT AGO, FIRST PETER CHAPTER 2 AND VERSE NINE.

THIS MORNING WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT A SPECIFIC TOPIC ENTITLED " GOD'S PEOPLE ARE SANCTIFIED. ' AND ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I ALWAYS ASK PEOPLE IS - WHAT DO THESE WORDS MEAN? BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES WE USE WORDS THAT WE HAVE A GENERAL IDEA AS TO WHAT THEY MEAN OR HOW THEY MIGHT BE USED. WE MIGHT KNOW WHETHER THE WORD IS A GOOD WORD OR A BAD WORD, A POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE, BUT THE WORD SANCTIFIED OR SANCTIFICATION, IF WE'RE GOING TO EXAMINE IT THIS MORNING, WE NEED TO REALLY UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT IT'S TALKING ABOUT. WELL, IF YOU WERE TO LOOK INTO NEW UNGER'S BIBLE DICTIONARY IT WOULD DEFINE SANCTIFICATION IN ONE OF TWO VERY SIMPLE DEFINITIONS. ONE BEING SEPARATION. THE OTHER THAT WE SOMETIMES COMMONLY USE AND THAT IS TO SET APART. IT GOES ON TO GIVE US A GREATER DEFINITION IN THIS WAY. IT SAYS SANCTIFICATION IS A SEPARATION FROM THE SECULAR AND SINFUL AND A SETTING APART FOR A SACRED PURPOSE. THE HOLINESS OF GOD MEANS HIS SEPARATION FROM ALL EVIL. SO SANCTIFICATION MEANS OUR SEPARATION FROM ALL EVIL. AND OVER THE COURSE OF THIS LESSON WE'RE TO TAKE A LOOK AT TWO DIFFERENT WAYS THAT SANCTIFICATION IS USED IN THE SCRIPTURES. ONE, HOW GOD SANCTIFIES US AND IN TURN HOW WE THEN NEED TO SANCTIFY OURSELVES FOR HIM.

I WANT US TO BEGIN IN A PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE FROM JOHN CHAPTER 17 WHERE JESUS OFFERS A VERY WELL KNOWN PRAYER TO THE FATHER. AND IT IS IN THAT PRAYER THAT WE GLEAM A LITTLE SAYING THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD PEOPLE USE BEFORE. THAT'S THE SAYING THAT WE ARE IN THE WORLD BUT WE ARE NOT OF THE WORLD. WELL, WHEN WE READ THIS PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE, WE'LL UNDERSTAND BECAUSE JESUS WAS IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME OF THIS PRAYER BUT HE WAS ABOUT TO BE CRUCIFIED. HE WAS ABOUT TO BE BURIED AND HE WOULD'VE RESURRECTED VERY SHORTLY AND AT THAT POINT IN TIME HE WOULD SOON ASCEND BACK INTO HEAVEN TO BE WITH HIS HEAVENLY FATHER. AND SO HIS TIME IN THE WORLD WAS AT A CLOSE BUT HIS DISCIPLES, PEOPLE WHO HAD CHOSEN TO LISTEN TO HIM, TO FOLLOW HIM, TO BE STUDENTS OF HIS, THESE WERE GOING TO REMAIN BEHIND IN THE WORLD BUT HE DIDN'T WANT THEM TO BE OF THE WORLD. HE WANTED THEM TO BE WITH HIM AND WITH HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN. SO HE PRAYED THE FOLLOWING, HE SAID:

“NOW I AM NO LONGER IN THE WORLD, BUT THESE (REFERENCING HIS DISCIPLES) ARE IN THE WORLD, AND I COME TO YOU HOLY FATHER, KEEP THROUGH YOUR NAME THOSE WHOM YOU HAVE GIVEN ME, THAT THEY MAY BE ONE AS WE ARE. WHILE I WAS WITH THEM IN THE WORLD, I KEPT THEM IN YOUR NAME. THOSE WHOM YOU GAVE ME I HAVE KEPT; AND NONE OF THEM IS LOST EXCEPT THE SON OF PERDITION, THAT THE SCRIPTURE MIGHT BE FULFILLED. BUT NOW I COME TO YOU, AND THESE THINGS I SPEAK IN THE WORLD, THAT THEY MAY HAVE MY JOY FULFILLED IN THEMSELVES. I HAVE GIVEN THEM YOUR WORD; AND THE WORLD HAS HATED THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, JUST AS I AM NOT OF THE WORLD. I DO NOT PRAY THAT YOU SHOULD TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORLD, BUT THAT YOU SHOULD KEEP THEM FROM THE EVIL ONE. THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, JUST AS I AM NOT OF THE WORLD. SANCTIFY THEM BY YOUR TRUTH. YOUR WORD IS TRUTH.”

AT THE CLOSE OF THAT PRAYER HE IS SAYING SET THEM APART FROM EVIL, FROM SATAN, FROM SIN. AND HOW ARE THEY GOING TO ACCOMPLISH THIS? HOW IS THIS GOING TO HAPPEN? HE SAYS, “SANCTIFY THEM WITH THE TRUTH.” SET THEM APART WITH YOUR WORD; YOUR REVEALED TRUTH TO MANKIND. HOW WOULD THE WORD OF GOD SET US APART? HOW WOULD THE WORD OF GOD SET ANYBODY APART? WELL, THROUGH THEIR LISTENING TO IT. THROUGH THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF ITS POWER OF HOW IT CAN BRING US TO BE ONE WITH THE LORD AND SEPARATE US FROM THE CONDEMNATION OF THE WORLD.

IN ACTS CHAPTER 26 VERSES 15 THROUGH 19, PAUL IS TALKING TO KING AGRIPPA AND HE IS GIVING HIS OWN PERSONAL TESTIMONY ABOUT HOW HE WAS CONVERTED BY THE LORD ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS. AND HE SAYS TO THEM AS HE IS QUOTING JESUS AND TELLING THIS STORY TO AGRIPPA, HE SAYS THAT JESUS SAID TO PAUL, “I WILL DELIVER YOU FROM THE JEWISH PEOPLE, AS WELL AS FROM THE GENTILES, TO WHOM I NOW SEND YOU, TO OPEN THEIR EYES, IN ORDER TO TURN THEM FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT. AND FROM THE POWER OF SATAN TO GOD, THAT THEY MAY RECEIVE THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND AN INHERITANCE AMONG THOSE WHO ARE SANCTIFIED BY FAITH IN ME.” AND WE KNOW THAT ROMANS 10:17 TEACHES US THAT “FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD.” PAUL WAS GOING TO BE A MESSENGER TO PEOPLE TO PROCLAIM THE GOODNESS OF JESUS CHRIST, THE GOSPEL, THE GOOD NEWS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR SO THAT THEY MIGHT RESPOND TO THE LORD'S INVITATION AND BE SANCTIFIED, SET APART, AND ONE WITH HIM.

BUT HOW WOULD SOME WORDS SET US APART? HOW WOULD THE WORD OF GOD SET US APART? WE REALIZE THAT THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD BUT WHAT'S THE POWER BEHIND IT? AND WE FIND THIS IN PASSAGES LIKE HEBREWS CHAPTER 10 AND HEBREWS CHAPTER 13 WHERE WE READ IN HEBREWS 10 IN VERSE 10: THAT WE HAVE “BEEN SANCTIFIED THROUGH THE OFFERING OF THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST ONCE FOR ALL.” AND HEBREWS CHAPTER 13 AND VERSE 12, “THEREFORE JESUS ALSO, THAT HE MIGHT SANCTIFY THE PEOPLE WITH HIS OWN BLOOD, SUFFERED OUTSIDE THE GATE.” YOU SEE, IT'S NOT JUST WORDS THAT SAVE. IT'S THE SUBSTANCE BEHIND THOSE WORDS. IT'S THE POWER BEHIND THOSE WORDS. IT'S THE GOSPEL MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST. FIRST CORINTHIANS 15 VERSES ONE THROUGH FOUR TEACHES US THAT THE GOSPEL IS THE DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION OF CHRIST. AND IT IS BECAUSE JESUS LIVED AND DIED AND WAS BURIED IN A TOMB AND OVERCAME DEATH AND ROSE AGAIN. IT IS THAT SAME SEMBLANCE THAT HELPS US TO BE SAVED BECAUSE WE LIVE IN SIN. BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO STAY IN SIN. WE CAN DIE TO THAT SIN, BE BURIED IN THE WATERS OF BAPTISM, AND RISE TO WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE. IT'S BECAUSE JESUS SACRIFICED HIS BODY AND HIS BLOOD THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ALLOW THE LOVE OF GOD TO SANCTIFY US TO SET US APART FROM THAT OLD MAN OF SIN AND RISE TO WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.

WHAT DID THAT SACRIFICE PURCHASE? YOU MIGHT REMEMBER IN MATTHEW 16 IN VERSE 18 JESUS SAID UPON “THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH.” IT IS BECAUSE OF HIS SACRIFICE THAT HE COULD PURCHASE OUR PARDON AND HE COULD ESTABLISH IN THIS WORLD HIS KINGDOM, HIS BODY. WHAT COLOSSIANS 1:18 IN VERSE 24 DESCRIBES AS THE CHURCH THAT BELONGS TO JESUS CHRIST. THOSE WHO ARE CALLED OUT OF THE WORLD AND PLACED INTO HIS KINGDOM OF LIGHT. IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5 VERSES 25 THROUGH 27, IN COMPARING THE MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP TO THE CHURCH, PAUL WOULD WRITE THE FOLLOWING, “HUSBANDS, LOVE YOUR WIVES, JUST AS CHRIST ALSO LOVED THE CHURCH AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR HER, THAT HE MIGHT SANCTIFY AND CLEANSE HER WITH A WASHING OF WATER BY THE WORD, THAT HE MIGHT PRESENT HER TO HIMSELF A GLORIOUS CHURCH, NOT HAVING SPOT OR WRINKLE OR ANY SUCH THING, BUT THAT SHE SHOULD BE HOLY AND WITHOUT BLEMISH.” THAT SHE SHOULD BE HOLY. A PURE, SET APART, SEPARATED FROM SIN. A SANCTIFIED PEOPLE. THAT'S WHY WHEN WE READ PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE LIKE FIRST CORINTHIANS 1 AND VERSE TWO WHEN THE APOSTLE PAUL IS WRITING IN HIS OPENING COMMENTS TO THE CHURCH AT CORINTH HE DESCRIBES THEM IN THAT WAY. HE WRITES TO THE CHURCH OF GOD WHICH IS AT CORINTH, “TO THOSE WHO ARE SANCTIFIED IN CHRIST JESUS.” JUDE WOULD ALSO WRITE IN HIS LETTER IN VERSE ONE, “TO THOSE WHO ARE CALLED, SANCTIFIED BY GOD THE FATHER, AND PRESERVED IN JESUS CHRIST.” AND YOU MIGHT NOTICE IN THOSE LAST TWO VERSES I EMPHASIZED A VERY IMPORTANT WORD AND YET A VERY TINY WORD. IT'S A WORD THAT IS FOUND OFTEN IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1. AND WHEN I HAVE PEOPLE READ EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1, I OFTEN ASK THEM A RATHER SUBJECTIVE QUESTION. I ASK THEM, “WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT WORD IN THAT CHAPTER?” AND SOME OF THEM WILL SAY INHERITANCE, SOME OF THEM WILL SAY ADOPTION, SOME OF THEM WILL SAY FORGIVENESS OR REDEMPTION IN REGARD TO OUR SINS, AND CERTAINLY THOSE ARE VERY IMPORTANT. BUT ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS IN THESE PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE IS THE WORD "IN ". THAT TWO LETTER PREPOSITION THAT SHOWS POSITION AND RELATIONSHIP. IT SHOWS US THAT IF WE WANT TO BE SANCTIFIED, WE HAVE TO ALLOW GOD TO PLACE US IN THE BODY OF CHRIST THROUGH OUR RESPONSE TO THAT GOSPEL CALL. BECAUSE IT IS ONLY IN CHRIST THAT WE CAN RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS FOUND BY CHRIST.

LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1 IN VERSE 3, WE READ, “BLESSED BE THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO HAS BLESSED US WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST.” WHERE ARE THOSE SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS? WHERE ARE ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS? IN CHRIST! HE GOES ON TO DESCRIBE SOME OF THESE THINGS. HE CHOSE US IN HIM BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD THAT WE SHOULD BE HOLY AND WITHOUT BLAME BEFORE HIM IN LOVE. IN VERSE SIX HE SAYS, “TO THE PRAISE OF THE GLORY OF HIS GRACE, BY WHICH HE MADE US ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED.” IN HIM, WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD; THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. AND ON AND ON.

GOD HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR US. THE LORD GAVE HIS LIFE FOR US SO THAT WE MIGHT BE SET APART FROM THE SIN OF THIS WORLD AND BE MADE ONE WITH HIM TO SPEND AN ETERNITY WITH HIM IN HEAVEN. BUT I WANT TO REMIND YOU SOMETHING WE SAID AT THE BEGINNING. GOD SETS US APART THROUGH SANCTIFICATION BUT WE ALSO HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO SET OURSELVES APART FROM THE SIN OF THIS WORLD. THROUGH THE THOUGHTS THAT WE THINK, THE WORDS THAT WE SPEAK, THE ACTIONS THAT WE MAKE IN OUR DAY-TO-DAY LIVES. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO LIVE OUR LIVES IN A SANCTIFIED WAY. THE CHURCH AT CORINTH HAD A LOT OF PROBLEMS AND IN PAUL'S FIRST LETTER TO THEM HE DESCRIBES HOW THEY USED TO LIVE IN SIN. BUT HE MAKES THE COMMENT IN FIRST CORINTHIANS 6 AND VERSE 11. HE SAYS, “SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU. YOU WERE WASHED, YOU ARE SANCTIFIED, YOU ARE JUSTIFIED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS AND BY THE SPIRIT OF OUR GOD.” THEY MADE THE DECISION TO RESPOND TO THAT GOSPEL CALL BUT IT DIDN'T STOP THERE. PAUL WOULD ASK THE QUESTION IN ROMANS CHAPTER 6 VERSES ONE THROUGH FOUR. HE WOULD SAY, “WHAT SHOULD WE SAY THEN? SHALL WE CONTINUE IN SIN SO THAT GRACE MAY ABOUND? CERTAINLY NOT! HOW SHALL WE WHO DIED IN SIN LIVE ANY LONGER IN IT? OR DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT AS MANY OF US AS WERE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST JESUS WERE BAPTIZED INTO HIS DEATH? THEREFORE WE WERE BURIED WITH HIM THROUGH BAPTISM INTO DEATH, THAT JUST AS CHRIST WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD BY THE GLORY OF THE FATHER, EVEN SO WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.” THIS IS WHY PAUL WOULD SAY TO TITUS IN TITUS CHAPTER 2 VERSES 11 THROUGH 14, HE SAYS, “FOR THE GRACE OF GOD THAT, BRINGS SALVATION IS APPEARED TO ALL MEN, TEACHING US THAT DENYING UNGODLINESS AND WORLDLY LUSTS, WE SHOULD LIVE SOBERLY, RIGHTEOUSLY, AND GODLY IN THE PRESENT AGE, LOOKING FOR THE BLESSED HOPE AND GLORIOUS APPEARING OF OUR GREAT GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, WHO GAVE HIMSELF FOR US, THAT HE MIGHT REDEEM US FROM EVERY LAWLESS DEED AND PURIFY FOR HIMSELF HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE, ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS. ONCE WE ARE SAVED, WE'RE NOT ALWAYS SAVED. ONCE GOD HAS DONE HIS PART AND CONTINUES TO CLEANSE US BY THE BLOOD OF HIS SON, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO WALK IN THE LIGHT AS HE IS IN THE LIGHT, FIRST JOHN ONE IN VERSE SEVEN. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST. WE HAVE A TASK IN FRONT OF US TO TRY TO LIVE THIS DAY BETTER FOR HIM THAN THE DAY BEFORE. WE'RE NOT EARNING OUR SALVATION, WE'RE NOT TRYING TO REPLACE THE GRACE OF GOD, WE'RE SIMPLY OBEYING THE COMMANDMENT GIVEN TO US IN HIS WORD THAT WE ARE TO GROW AND BE A BODY OF PEOPLE SANCTIFIED, NOT ONLY BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB, BUT BY THE WAY THAT WE LIVE FOR HIM. HE WOULD SAY IN FIRST PETER CHAPTER 3 AND VERSE 15 AND 16, “SANCTIFY THE LORD GOD IN YOUR HEARTS.” SET GOD APART IN YOUR HEARTS. MAKE HIM IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIVES SO THAT WHEN PEOPLE ASK YOU OF THE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE, YOU CAN SHARE THAT HOPE WITH THEM. AND THROUGH SHARING THAT HOPE WITH THEM THEY MIGHT HEAR THE MESSAGE OF TRUTH. THEY MIGHT RESPOND TO THE GOSPEL AND THEY, LIKE YOU, MIGHT LIVE THEIR LIVES FOR CHRIST A SANCTIFIED PERSON.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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WE ARE SUCH A BLESSED PEOPLE TO BE SANCTIFIED BY OUR GOD, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST THE LORD. MAY WE STRIVE TO LIVE EVERY DAY WITH THE PURITY AND HOLINESS NECESSARY TO EXEMPLIFY OUR GOD! HAVE YOU DONE WHAT IS NECESSARY TO BE ONE OF THE SANCTIFIED OF GOD?