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Devotional - week of August 13, 2006


sanctified through our bodies

 

… present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.  Romans 6:19

 

The word “holiness,” in this verse, is translated as sanctification in some of the modern translations.

 

Sanctification means set apart. The New Testament uses the word sanctification in two ways. First, it is one of the words used to describe our salvation experience. Just as we were justified or adopted or born again when we were saved, we were also sanctified. When we became Christians, God set us apart to and for Himself. God calls the believer to full availability to Himself at the time of his salvation.

 

The second way sanctification is used refers to God’s works to progressively bring believers to full availability to Him in their daily walk. Progressive sanctification is the work of God to bring the believers into a walk that is in agreement with His call.

 

According to Romans 6:19, our bodies are instruments of God in the believer’s increasing sanctification.

 

Three of the five commands for living by grace, found in Romans 6:11-13, concern our bodies. The last of the three commands is to “present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.” The command in Romans 6:19 is, “present your members as slaves of righteousness for sanctification.” Sanctification is slavery to giving our bodies to God for His use.

 

When a believer yields his body to God as an instrument of righteousness, he is sanctified at that very moment. Now, he is available to be used by God. However, a short time later, he can take back control of his body. Romans 6:16 says that it is a believer’s continual yielding himself to God for works of righteousness that results in slavery to righteousness.

 

Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

 

Romans 6:16 does not use the words body or members. However, it is clearly a reference to the total man including the body. Our bodies are a major factor in our sanctification.