One of the hallmarks of a believer in Christ is consecration. Something which has been consecrated is said to be declared holy or set apart or sanctified for a particular purpose. It is not consecrated, declared holy or set apart and sanctified by itself but by its owner(Ex 29:29, Num 3:3, Judges 17:5).
In the same vein, a believer in Christ does not consecrate, set apart or make himself holy. He is consecrated, declared holy, set apart and sanctified unto God, by God through Christ Jesus, 1Co 6:11 is very clear about this ”…but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” Furthermore, the believer is not the one who keeps himself sanctified. Christ is believer’s sanctification! “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and SANCTIFICATION and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30). Christ Jesus makes holy and keeps holy. “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24). The believer is kept and remains holy eternally, by the eternal sacrifice of Christ. Praise God Heb. 5:9; 9:12,15 and other scriptures clearly declare that what we have in Christ is eternal.
The believer’s holiness, sanctification or consecration does not end at the next sin he commits but remains forever in accordance with the eternal sacrifice of Christ. However, a believer should be conscious of the fact that he is holy, consecrated and set apart by God unto God and so should conduct his life with this understanding. The believer is precious to God and should live as such. He must conduct himself amongst men as a holy vessel unto God. 1Pet 1: 18-19 says; But as much as ye know that ye were… redeemed …with the precious blood of Christ. Though it is God who has declared the believer holy, consecrated and set apart and not the believer’s actions, the believer, however, has the responsibility of bringing glory to God by acting as holy and set apart unto God in all actions. 1 Pet 1:15 declares; But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. Conversation here implies behaviour. Paul encourages the believer to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour. “That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God”(1 Thess. 4:4-5). He is also told to abstain from every appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5:22). The believer has been instructed to “Awake to righteousness, and sin not for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame” (1 Cor 15:34). “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Rom. 6:14).
The grace of God by which we are saved teaches us to deny ungodliness, live moderately and righteously in this world, Titus 2:11-12. 1Jn 3:3 tells us that “… every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” and contextually was referring to walking in righteousness. Right-living, that is based on the understanding of who we are in Christ is a distinguishing feature and characteristic of the believer in Christ Jesus. ”For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1Cor 6:20.
Walk in this light today!
To be continued…