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Daily Bread - July 11, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:17
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
ours.

Sanctification (Part 5):

Sanctification was connected to cleansing when the term was first used in
the Bible. If those gathered around Mount Sinai were going to interact with
God, they had to be sanctified. God's instruction to Moses was to sanctify
the people by commanding all of them to wash themselves in preparation to
meet with God (Exodus 19:10). The substance we now have in Christ Jesus is
greater than the shadow that could only testify of the cleansing that would
come. The cleansing God provided for us was an inward washing by the blood
of Jesus Christ which cleansed us from all sin (Revelation 1:5; Matthew
26:28). Through the work of redemption that washed us with the water of
regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, the words of the prophet have
been fulfilled wherein God promised to sprinkle clean water upon us: "and
you shall be clean, from all your filthiness and from all your idols will I
cleanse you!...I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My
statutes" (Ezekiel 36:25, 27).

Through the cleansing waters of this sanctification, we were made an
entirely new creation, holy and acceptable to God. Now our obedient
response is to keep ourselves unspotted from the world (1 John 3:4; James
1:27; Jude 1:24; 2 Corinthians 7:1). When sin would war against us and
attempt to force itself on us, we resist it steadfastly in the faith (1
Peter 2:11, 5:9; Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5). We have been empowered to
effectively deal with all unclean spirits and all spiritual wickedness
(Luke 10:19; Ephesians 6:10-11; Mark 16:17; 1 John 2:14). Because we have
been purchased by God, our members belong to Him; and they are to be the
servants of righteousness so that the fruits of holiness may be seen in our
lives (Romans 6:19; 1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23; Ephesians 1:14). The Spirit
of Holiness works within our lives so that every action and deed will
emulate the ways of God, but we must yield to Him (2 Peter 1:3-11). If we
are to make our calling and election certain, then we will give all
attendance to walking in His holiness (2 Peter 1:10).

Oh, the life changing power of the blood of the Lamb.
Oh, the life changing power of the blood of the Lamb.
Oh, the blood, the blood, the blood, the blood of Jesus!

See Him seated on the Throne!
Death and hell He has conquered!
Oh, the blood, the blood, the blood, the blood of Jesus!

Acknowledge every good thing Christ Jesus has imparted to you! (Philemon
1:6)
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