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Daily Bread - July 4, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 04 July 2018 10:03
1 Corinthians 1:2 - Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, to them
that are made holy in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in
every place call upon the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and
Sanctification (Part 1):

The exact meaning of the word "sanctification" is "holiness" (ἁγιασμός),
and to be sanctified (ἁγιάζω) is to be made holy. The moment that
something belongs to God, it is qualified as sanctified, or having been
made holy; and once it is made holy, it must remain in sanctification, or
holiness (1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23; Ephesians 1:14). Living, or walking, in
holiness is the same as walking in the Spirit; and as many as walk in the
Spirit, they are the children of God (Romans 8:14).

Many may describe sanctification as a process of becoming holy; but in
reality, the only process taking place is maturing in the holiness that was
given to us. This is far more than just semantics -it is agreeing with
God's Word so that the miracle of faith can be realized. It is believing
what God has done for us, and receiving that which He has abundantly
supplied with the resulting miracle of change. Good deeds, obedience to
God's Word, and all other things that a person might do could never result
in earning the holiness of God. Rather, as we have said before, holiness is
the free gift of salvation brought to us through the new birth. Having been
made holy, we are now divinely enabled by holiness to grow and mature in
holiness (Ephesians 4:11-23, 5:1-21; 1 Peter 1:13-16, 2:1-3; 2 Peter 3:18).

Acknowledge the holiness Christ Jesus has given you! (Philemon 1:6)
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