Believe it or not, I hadn’t read more than a couple lines in today’s reading before I found myself in a “word study” that took me on a bunny trail for about a half hour!
Do you know that Bible scholars have expounded on the subject using the terms, positional sanctification, progressive sanctification, moral sanctification and vocational sanctification? Whew!
Well, I am not going to bore you with the details of all the different ways of describing the concept. (If you want to read more on the subject here is a website that has a pretty comprehensive writing on the topic: www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/sanctification.html)
I’m just going to comment on Paul’s context of the word in 1Cor. 1:2, “To the church of God in Corinth to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy,..”
The word sanctified means to be set apart for the Lord; to be made holy. The way the word “sanctified” is used in this context is that it is not progressive in nature. It is done. Another word that can be used is ‘justified’. It is a finished act. Paul goes back to this concept later in 6:11, when he says, “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
I think this is so important for Christians to know and understand. As a true follower of Christ, we can be soooooo very confident to go before the Lord (when our time comes). We do not need to fear what He will say to us. He will not open the book of Life and say, “Yes, I see your name here….but …let me look to see what kind of grade you got.” Nope! We ARE holy, we HAVE been washed, we are sanctified, just like these people in Corinth.
I imagine God saying something more like, “Come here and give your Abba a hug!” 🤗