Mark 12
February 25, 2014
Romans 6:4 – Buried With Him
February 26, 2014
Mark 12
February 25, 2014
Romans 6:4 – Buried With Him
February 26, 2014

1 Corinthians 1:2 – Sanctified in Christ

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 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours…” (1 Corinthians 1:2 (NASB).

We have been building a large picture of what it means to be in Christ. Here Paul begins his letter to the Church at Corinth by giving them some important words about who they are in Christ. Not only is this letter to the believers in Corinth, but to everyplace that calls on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s us as well.

Paul makes an important doctrinal statement here in this verse. We have been sanctified in Christ. Sanctified is the Greek word that means, “to make holy.” It means to be set apart to God. It’s in the passive participle, which is a past action with continuing results. It is a done deal in Christ.

God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin” (1 Corinthians 1:30 NLT) God has sanctified us through Christ. So in Christ we are sanctified and holy already.

Too often, we come from an external perspective of trying to be holy. The Old Testament was about doing holiness. That didn’t work too well so God through Jesus has made us holy. However, we are holy and we just need to work it out. It’s already in us. We are holy and saints by calling. In fact, the word saint is normally translated holy one from the word meaning holy. We are both sanctified and holy. That’s our position in Christ. God sees us holy in Christ.