2 Timothy 2:20-21 – Set Apart

2 Timothy 2:20-21
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But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

-The idea of sanctification is one that often trips up a Christian.  The confusion comes not from what sanctification is, but rather what we make it out to be.  The word “sanctify” literally means “to separate” or “to set apart” and has the idea of being put aside for a special use.  The more we are set apart from the worldly and common, the less we identify with them and the more easily we can be led of the spirit.  If we get so focused on the idea of simply living perfect, we will inevitably get frustrated when we fall short of that high mark.  A sanctified Christian is not one who is faultless; it is simply one who has been separated from the things of the world and groomed for the Master’s use.

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