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”Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called” Jude 1:1

“Sanctified by God the Father…”

Jesus prayed,
“They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.” John 17:15-19.

What does it mean to be sanctified?  “Sanctify” (ἁγιάζω hagiazō) means to make holy, and comes from ἅγιος hagios; sacred, pure, blameless, most holy. ἅγιος is also the word translated saint, therefore a “saint” is someone who is sanctified. The word donates something or someone who is uniquely “set aside” for a specific purpose, as the golden vessels were in the sanctuary under the Old Covenant. They were made and set aside for the ministry of the sanctuary (Hebrews 9:1-2).

Jesus prayed that His disciples would be “set aside” for God’s purpose in this world, into which they would soon be sent. And Jesus “set aside” Himself for that same purpose.

How was that accomplished? “Through sanctification of the Spirit” (II Thessalonians 2:13, I Peter 1:2), that is to say, through the Spirit of God making them holy, setting them aside uniquely for the purpose of God. For Jesus’ disciples that occurred on the Day of Pentecost, when they were baptised with the Holy Spirit. And what was true for them is true for all God’s chosen vessels - they are sanctified by baptism with the Holy Spirit. That is why Jesus sanctified Himself.

“…you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8).

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