I made a video recently about truth versus opinion (click here to view it) . Jesus prayed to his Father God:
"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." John 17:17
In the Greek language, the word sanctify (Hagiazo) means:
: to make holy
"Hagiazo signifies to set apart for God." (Strong's Exhausted Expanded Concordance)
Notice the phrase - set apart.
This word also means something very interesting:
:to make a person or thing the opposite of koinos (Greek 2839 - common).
If the word sanctify is the opposite of another word, I think it's important to see what that word means.
Koinos, (the opposite of sanctify), means:
"This word means, common, from the idea of coming into contact with everything, not separated in the least." (Strong's Exhaustive Expanded Concordance)
That's a very interesting definition in light of that fact that right now in our country, we are going through a time of separation. In an effort not to come in contact with everything, we need to be separated.
Wow. Ponder that with me for a moment.
God's word separates us from what is common; from what is profane.
: to treat something sacred with abuse, irreverence or contempt.
: to debase by a wrong, unworthy or vulgar use
It also means:
: not concerned with religion or religious purposes
: not holy because unconsecrated, impure or defiled
Be at our posts
Fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, are we concerned with holiness and the things of God?
Now is the time to suit up and be at our posts; to be ready for battle.
Think about these definitions. Which are you?
Set apart or common?
Consecrated or profane?
As we all endure a time of separation, which to some seem more of a nuisance than a protection, I encourage us to pour through our Bibles. That is truth and not only will it set us free but it will set us apart.
As we do, I pray as Jesus did.
God, sanctify us, set us apart, and consecrate us through your word.
I am reminded today that being separate is a good thing.
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