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hen we consider the subject of   our Lord and Saviour, God sanctified us
                 holiness and the privileges it   and separated us to Himself by the Holy
        Wbrings to every child of God,        Spirit on the basis of Christ’s death for us
        we find a great deal to be thankful for.   (1Co 6:11; Heb 10:10). It is an immutable,
        There can be a tendency in many believers   spiritual and eternal position into which
        to view holiness as a state we achieve by   every believer enters upon being “born
        following a set of values and norms – “I   again” (Joh 3:3) and created anew (2Co
        cannot have …” or “I am not allowed   5:17; Eph 2:10) – whether he or she is
        to …” – degrading it to the outcome of   aware of it or not. When we are “in Christ”
        human-centred ordinances (cf. Gal 3:3;   (Rom 8:1; Eph 1:3; Php 1:1), God, not man,
        Col 2:20-22). To others, the goal of holi-  bestows upon us the title “saints” (Rom
        ness is attained by a life of isolation from   1:7; Eph 1:1; Php 1:1).
        the world, extreme self-discipline and   This remarkable position cannot be im-
        abstinence from indulging in pleasurable   proved upon or altered by anything what-
        things. However noble this life might   soever. It is based upon a finished work
        seem, this is not the privileged position   that will stand the test of time (Joh 19:30;
        of holiness into which every believer has   Heb 10:12,14). For this reason, we read
        been brought and called to enjoy.     that we “were” or “have been sanctified”
        The Wonder of Our Privileged Position  (1Co 6:11; Heb 10:10), a completed action
          To appreciate our God-given privilege   with results continuing to the present. Our
        as “saints,” mark the distinction the New   position is “hid with Christ in God” (Col
        Testament makes between what we are   3:3), Christ being “higher than the heav-
        in Christ and what we ought to be in   ens” (Heb 7:26) and seated “on the right
        the world. Our privilege has to do with   hand of God” (Col 3:1). Moreover, God has
        the former and is concerned with our   “raised us up with him and seated us with
        position – “in heavenly places in Christ”   him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”
        (Eph 1:3). The latter is concerned with our   (Eph 2:6 ESV). In this holy position, we are
        condition here “in the world” (Joh 13:1;   “complete in Him” (Col 2:10), “accepted in
        16:33; 17:11). This distinction needs to be   the beloved” (Eph 1:6), and loved with the
        kept in mind when we read that believers   same love the Father has for His “beloved
        are addressed as “holy  brethren” (Heb   Son” in whom He is “well pleased” (Joh
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        3:1), yet are given the exhortation, “be ye   17:23; Mat 3:17).
        holy” (1Pe 1:15).  Likewise, all believers   So near, so very near to God,
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        have been “sanctified” (Act 20:32; 1Co 1:2;      I cannot nearer be;
        6:11; Heb 10:10,14), yet we are to live “in   For in the person of His Son
        sanctification” and “holiness” (1Th 4:3-7).      I am as near as He.
          The moment we received Jesus Christ as     So dear, so very dear to God,
        ¹ Note that the English words “holy,”          More dear I cannot be;
        “holiness,” “saint,” “sanctified,” “sanctuary,”   The love wherewith He loves the Son;
        etc. are derived from the root Greek word
        hagios or one of its cognates hagion, hagiazo or   Such is His love to me. 3
        hagiasmos.                              Therefore, sainthood is not a spiritual
        ² Scripture quotations in this article are from the
        KJV unless otherwise noted.           ³ Catesby Paget, 1868–1930.

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