The Holy Spirit Sanctifies Us

“But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11

Most of us as Christians can say in a heartbeat that we were washed in the blood. We are grateful for what Jesus did on the cross for us. Because many of us when we become Christians can look back at our former selves and we realize where we might have ended up if not for Jesus washing us in the blood. However, I know a lot of people, myself included, either do not have a full grasp on what it means to be sanctified or have trouble with seeing ourselves in that light. Sanctification is a big word and almost sounds too HOLY to be used in the same sentence with ~~ my name. 

So I did the first thing that I usually do when I want to understand a word. I looked it up. Sanctified means to set apart as or declare holy. See there it is it is to declare holy. I can’t think of myself as holy? Can I? This verse says so. This verse is in essence saying we were washed, declared holy, and justified. I looked up justified too. Justified means having, done for, or marked by a good or legitimate reason.

So we know that sanctified means to be set apart as holy, but what does it really mean for us? When we come to Jesus and we are washed in the blood, we receive the Holy Spirit who takes away the desire to sin. But can we honestly say that when we are washed in the blood that we have the TEMPTATION to sin taken away immediately? I know I couldn’t and still can’t. Because I have the Holy Spirit in my heart I can honestly tell you that in my heart of hearts my desire is to never sin again. But I CAN’T honestly tell you that I don’t struggle with some sin every day. As I said yesterday, some of the sins in me have changed over time. Some I have slayed and moved on and yet and still there are always others that are there in my human flesh. So we were washed in the blood which took away the desire to sin, but we still have the process of walking it out. That’s where being sanctified comes in. {At least that’s the way my feeble mind seems to be grasping this verse.) 

To be sanctified is the process in which we are walking out our salvation. It’s where the transformation comes in. When we became Christians, we became His. The Holy Spirit moved in and started unpacking but we are still humans. We still have fleshly desires and thoughts and habits and ideas that we have carried around for a long time. So when the Spirit moves in, we have to start the process of putting away those fleshly desires and begin to live according to the Spirit’s leading and not the leading of what our flesh wants. 

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” Romans 8:13-14

And this is when the Holy Spirit then starts the process of transforming us. His work is really just beginning. The whole point in walking out our salvation to sanctification is transformation. 

“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” Romans 8:29

Once we are washed in the blood, God sees us in the image of His Son. That is done, but we are still in our flesh as long as we are on this earth. Therefore, we have to be sanctified, we have to be set apart as holy, and because we are flesh, this sanctification is a process in us. It doesn’t change how God sees us. He sees us as Holy because when He looks at us He sees His son. But the world will still see us as the fleshly people that we are. But what they really need is to see Jesus in us, so our sanctification, our setting apart as Holy, is not so that God will see us different, it’s so the world will see us different. It seems to me that the whole point of this sanctification is so that we will be a light for the world to see. A light that will make them want what we have. 

Therefore, because we are washed in the blood, and because of being washed in the blood, we are sanctified, set apart as Holy, on the day we leave this fleshly body we are justified, we are marked for a good and legitimate reason to be ushered into His presence, not because of us, but because of the work of the Holy Spirit in us. 

Author: Sonia Sticker

I am a wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, employee, woman. And I simply need more JESUS in my life!

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