Sanctification is for Everyone - Friday, November 15th
And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32
I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 18:14
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Acts 20 (from which we have looked at excerpts this week) records the account of the Apostle Paul’s farewell words to the church of Ephesus. This is why Paul begins today’s Scripture with the words, “And now I commend you to God.” He is preparing them for his departure. Today’s passage helps us see that the goal of the gospel is not just that people would be reached and receive the gift of redemption but that they would experience sanctification as well. Sanctification is a part of the message of God’s grace. Paul says that God’s grace “is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” This is a forward look to the final result of the difference Christ will make in their lives.
The book of Ephesians is a follow up letter to this same group of people and in it there is a passage that expounds on what Paul is saying in today’s verse. It says this: “Christ also loved the church and gave himself up for her, so that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:25B-27). This is God’s goal for his people, every one of them. The goal is never just redemption (conversion). It is always redemption (conversion) and sanctification (transformation).
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, thank you for redeeming me. Help me to cooperate with you fully in your goal of sanctifying me. Help me to always believe, never give up, and to keep pressing onward and upward. Help me to view others as ones who can be reached for Christ, but always with a view to the whole and complete people they can become through the word of your grace. Amen!
Note: there is a Saturday Devotional this week
Posted on Fri, November 15, 2019
by Ken Hart