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07/22/2013

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Sanctification Through The Word


"Sanctify them by the truth; your Word is truth" (Jn.17:17).

As I complete this short series on our sanctification, or sainthood, I would remiss if I left out one our most important aids. Our sanctification is also a part of the Word of God... In speaking about the church, the apostle Paul wrote: "to make her (the church) holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word and to present her in himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless" (Eph.5:26). With the word being considered the sword of the Spirit, it is used by that Spirit as an important aid in our sanctification. We are to have a mindset that allows us to to dwell on the things the Spirit has revealed through the Word.... In doing this we are actually setting our minds on those things of the Spirit. If we are able to accomplish this the next step in inevitable... "but those who live in accordance with the Spirit, have their minds set on what the Spirit desires" (Rom.8:5b). When this happens, there is another inevitable and logical step... Fruit will be produced! That fruit is what Paul writes about in Gal.5:22-23.... We will possess the fruit of the Spirit.... "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." If we are to live this sainted life, we must allow the Spirit to weave its work through the Word of God... "To all the saints in Christ Jesus in Philippi......To all in Rome who are loved by God, and called to be saints..... To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse...." (Phil.1:1, Rom.1:7, Col.1:2).... To all of you saints out there, be sure to measure up to your calling....

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two..... Love mark Phil.4:11

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