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Sanctified: Set apart

November 18, 2016

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From the mouth of the Lord Jesus Christ come the words that comprise the Verse of the Day for November 18, 2016 in the New King James Version:

John 17:17:

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

The Amplified Bible offers a more detailed definition of the verb:

Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.

Moses speaks to the Children of Israel and explains their unique relationship in light of the purpose that God has established for them:

Exodus 31:13 (AMP):

 Say to the Israelites, Truly you shall keep My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you [set you apart for Myself].

The same verb is used to describe the unique relationship between a husband and his wife in terms of God’s intent which is parallel to the relationship between Jesus Christ and the Church which is described as the Bride of Christ

Ephesians 5:25-27:

25 Husbands, love your wives [seek the highest good for her and surround her with a caring, unselfish love], just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify the church, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word [of God], 27 so that [in turn] He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy [set apart for God] and blameless.

In a similar way, Paul uses the verb “sanctify” in as it relates to members of the Body of Christ:

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (AMP):

And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

The words spoken by Jesus Christ in John 17:17 are echoed in Paul’s exhortation to the Church:

2 Thessalonians 2:13 (AMP):

But we, brethren beloved by the Lord, ought and are obligated [as those who are in debt] to give thanks always to God for you, because God chose you from the beginning as His firstfruits (first converts) for salvation through the sanctifying work of the [Holy] Spirit and [your] belief in (adherence to, trust in, and reliance on) the Truth.

Clearly, we see that God desires His people, as members of the Body of Christ, to be:

Sanctified Vessels

Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter,

he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified

and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

II Timothy 2:21

 

We offer these yielded vessels, now sanctified,

Set apart and consecrated for God’s glory,

Transformed from faith to faith, from victory to victory.

Tested in the furnace of affliction and tried

Seven times as silver, as gold is purified,

We have been purged to be a vessels of honor,

Prepared and made suitable to serve even more,

Even as the Lord presents his beloved bride.

As miracles revealed, no longer to conform

And be poured into the molds of this present age

But beholding fullness of glory to transform

Our total being into His glorious image.

Set apart in a place where miracles abound,

Through these sanctified vessels God’s praises resound.

Worship Central express the essence of the message in “Set Apart”:

 

Remnant of His people

January 8, 2016

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In keeping with the flow of recent exhortations from the Scriptures, the Verse of the Day for January 8, 2016 comes from Amos 5:14-15 (NLT):

Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed. Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people.

Here we find another instance referring to what the people of God should and should not be doing. This passage from the Old Testament is part of a dirge, a song expressing sorrow or distress over a great loss, such as the death of a loved one. If the people of God will adhere to the commands of God, “perhaps” or “peradventure,” God will be merciful to “the remnant of His people.” Maurer refers to “the remnant of Israel that shall have been left after the wicked have been destroyed.” On the Logos Research System this concept is further described as a

. . . group of people who survive a catastrophe brought about by God, ordinarily in judgment for sin. This group becomes the nucleus for the continuation of mankind or the people of God; the future existence of the larger group focuses in this purified, holy remnant that has undergone and survived the judgment of God.

Throughout the Old Testament as well as the New Testament, we find accounts that refer to a remnant people who will ultimately fulfill the purposes of God. The passage from Amos brings to mind this portrait:

God’s Remnant

God is never left without a remnant.
Apostle Eric L. Warren

And the remnant that is escaped of

the house of Judah shall yet again take

root downward, and bear fruit upward.

2 Kings 19:30 

God is looking for a remnant; what is left over
Will suffice in the strong hands of a master craftsman.
Those who seek to know the mind of God will discover
That He keeps a remnant, set apart to stand alone,
A residue, an intricate part of His grand plan.
What the builders rejected is the chief cornerstone.
God uses what is left to fulfill His purposes in the earth.
As God’s remnant, to be hidden is our destiny.
We take root downward and bear fruit upward to give birth
To the glory that God intended our lives to be,
For remnant people maintain the same integrity
As the original: pure in essence—whole, complete,
As leaven remains hidden in three measures of wheat.

Worship Central reminds believers that we are “Set Apart”: