Sanctify

Posted: November 26, 2013 in Hebrews

“For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,” – Hebrews 2:10-11

Sanctify

a:  to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate.

b:  to purify or free from sin.

c:   impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding.

d:  to entitle to reverence or respect.

e:  to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing.

f:  to give official acceptance or approval to

 

Since the beginning of time, it has pleased God to bring His sons and daughters into the kingdom.  In Ephesians Paul tells us that God chose us before the foundation of the world; that He predestined us for adoption through Jesus.

There are so many more ways that we as humans might find as more ‘logical’ ways to adopt His children.  Perhaps simply speak it into existence.  Yet, in the Lord’s infinite justice and mercy, He chose to send His son to make a way for us to become His children; to be our founder.

It’s poetically beautiful and magnificent that the way of Jesus was to endure suffering.  Jesus became intimately acquainted with suffering while He was here.  He suffered the weight of God’s judgment for our sin; the humiliation, the brutality of it all.  There are no trials we face that are foreign to Him.

We cannot sanctify ourselves.  Jesus sanctified us with His blood, and He continues to do so with His Spirit.  He becomes our head.  And to think that He did all of this willingly, because we needed a Savior to sanctify us before the Father.

Jesus is not ashamed of us; hopeless sinners that we are.  He does not regret giving us His name, calling us His brothers and sisters.  Despite ourselves, He gave us his official acceptance and approval.  Right now, He prepares a place for all of His children who will lay down their arrogance and pride and accept what Jesus did on the cross.

Embrace the definitions of sanctify.  Realize that they were spoken to your heart; to your soul.  He has rendered us legitimate!

Father, permeate us with the truth of sanctification.  Whisper to our hearts that we are accepted and approved by You.

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