“In sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:2
‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy’ Leviticus 19:2
From that very moment when the believer submits to the Lordship of Christ, The Holy Spirit begins the work of sanctification in their life.
To be sanctified means to be made holy. The Greek word for ‘holy’ is Hagios. This translates literally as “being set apart for sacred use”.
Let us ask ourselves if our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19) and if. just as the first temple, with its priesthood, vessels and implements of service, were anointed and set apart for God’s service?
For this is the mandate for the believer of Christ: to be set apart from the world and its defilement and live for God alone. That we may take our direction from Him alone. We are not our own. We have been bought with a price (I Cor 6:19). When we submit to the truth that we belong to God, and think of the price He paid for us, then deep within our being, will spring an unquenchable desire to live in obedience to His commandments and do those things that please Him. (Heb 13:21) satisfy.
The Spirit of God, is continually renewing our minds into conformity with the mind of Christ. He never ceases to help us to keep God’s Law. However, our minds are being constantly defiled by evil thoughts as we engage with the world in which we live and to which we often times submit. The Holy Spirit works tirelessly to make us conscious and sensitive to this defilement, leading us to immediately ask the Lord for cleansing by His precious blood (1 John 1:9).
Sanctification is, therefore, a continual process of cleansing and being restored; a constant cycle of praying “Lord cleanse me, Lord fill me”, to live in close communion with our Lord. Each time we ask for cleansing, we are restored to fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Breathe in me O Holy Spirit that my thoughts may all be holy; Act in me O Holy Spirit that my works, too, may be holy; Draw my heart O Holy Spirit that I love but what is holy; Strengthen me O Holy Spirit to defend that is holy; Guard me then O Holy Spirit that I always may be holy. St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430)