Friday, June 23, 2000 5:10 a.m.
Sanctification is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). The meaning of Christ in you was a mystery longed for down through the ages. The prophets of old could not understand how the Spirit of God could dwell in men. The Holy Spirit had not yet been given, so they could not comprehend. “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints” (Colossians 1:26). Sanctification is the Holiness of Jesus Christ made manifest in us. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Yes, we still have our old nature, unfortunately, but we also have a new nature. Oswald Chambers said, “Sanctification is not something Jesus Christ puts in me; it is Himself in me.” I Thessalonians 4:3 tells us, “This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” that Christ Jesus may present us pure and holy before God the Father.
Thought for Today: May we be Christ-like in love, in actions and in deeds. May we allow Christ to manifest Himself in us and through us.