Life in a Sanctified Kingdom (1)

by Richard Mansel, managing editor
new-plant2.gifLiving a life of holiness transforms our understanding of the expectations of the moral and ethical expectations of our daily life. We take a higher road and answer to a greater authority. Our spirit becomes greater than our flesh.
People seem to be hesitant to use the words holy, saint or sanctified to describe themselves. The religious world has mangled the words to refer to a character flaw.
Satan benefits greatly by this ploy. As in, being holy means that we think we are better than everyone else is.
However, we must remember that nothing good ever comes from making Satan happy.
Scripture uses saints to refer to Christians more than any other term between Acts through Revelation. We can use the term unabashedly and educate people as to what it means.
If we are afraid of saying that we are holy and sanctified, what effect does that have on our attitudes and how we act upon them? Has Satan cowed us into being timid spiritually, for fear of societal recrimination?
For many, they simply desire to be more moral than the worldly people in their lives. In doing so, they pretend that God is pleased. Once again, Satan is happy. If he can get us to project the world as our standard, we will look up one day and realize that we are several miles away from God.
Satan is also pleased with verbal sanctification. We are not actually living a moral life; we just say that we are. We appease our consciences and go on about our sinful lives.
We live immoral lives, while wearing a cross around our neck. We party, and then roust ourselves enough to attend worship and look for the flaws of everyone else, so our conscience can be satisfied.
Sanctification is more than being better than the world! It is being set apart for majesty.
Christ calls us to holiness (1 Peter 1:16), which always comes with a price. It involves shunning the ways of the world. By definition, it sets us apart from the people of the world. They will notice the contrast and some will react with anger. It is to be expected (John 17:14-16).
“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you” (1 Peter 4:12).
Christ is all that we need and heaven is worth missing everything else.

2 Replies to “Life in a Sanctified Kingdom (1)”

  1. Well-said! I was painfully convicted when I heard Patrick Mead say, “We go to church on Sunday to hear the message, and then spend the rest of the week just trying to be a little better than the Buddhists.”
    Slowing down, interspersing short periods of quiet and prayer throughout my day, has been a great help to me in submitting to letting God renew my mind.

  2. “Scripture uses saints to refer to Christians more than any other term between Acts through Revelation.”
    That’s an EXCELLENT point. It should point us to the importance of seeking holiness.
    Our Bible classes are studying Glenn Pemberton’s “The Pursuit of Holiness,” which is a study of Leviticus. I’d highly recommend it for the very topic you’re addressing. (It’s at eBibleStudy.org)
    Grace and peace,
    Tim Archer

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