I am the Lord who makes you Holy
Holiness is the key theme of the book of Leviticus ringing like a refrain in various forms throughout the book. The word ‘Holy’ appears more often in Leviticus than in any other books in the Bible. God wants us to be holy in every aspect of our life. When we know who God is and what he has done we will dedicate fully to him. When we find God’s Holiness in the Bible, first we see his incomparably awesome majesty, the overwhelming presence of his infinite power before which the whole creation trembles. Next we find his absolute moral virtue.
God wants us to be separate from sin and set apart exclusively to the Lord for his purpose and for his glory. We are called to live a holy life. Only through the instructions given by God our lives will be totally consecrated to God. As the body of Christ we must be without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
Sanctification through Spirit
In 2 Thessalonians 2:13 and 1 Peter 1:2, the sanctifying work of the spirit is the influence of the spirit that draws one from sin toward holiness. Peter says it is obedience and sprinkling of Christ’s blood. The spirits’ sanctification leads to obedient faith and cleansing from sin.
In Daniel 4:9 we see how Daniel is led by the spirit of the holy Gods’. The spirit filled Daniel refused food from Nebuchadnezzar’s table as it was contaminated by offering the first portion to idols. Even a portion of wine was poured out on a pagan altar. Ceremonially unclean animals were used and were not prepared according to the regulations of the law. Daniel demonstrated the courage of his convictions. Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food. Here the sanctification is through the spirit of God. No one was there to teach Daniel in his exile but the spirit of God. Because he didn’t defile himself God revealed all the mysteries, especially the dream the King had. Finally the King said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of God’s and the Lord of Kings”. Those who are led by the Spirit of God are Sons of Gods. We have received the Spirit who is from God that we may understand what God has freely given us. We are taught by the spirit expressing spiritual trusts in spiritual words. The man without the spirit does not accept the things that come from the spirit of God. So we know that only by the spirit of God we are sanctified and know the words and works of God as Daniel did.
Sanctification through Blood
Jesus suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. The blood of Jesus purifies form all sin. In Exodus 12:7-23 we find that blood symbolizes a sacrifice offered as a substitute, one life laid down for another. Even in the tabernacle Moses cleansed everything with the blood of calves. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness and purification. Jesus came as our Passover lamb and is sacrificed once for all.
When God’s wrath was against the Egyptians ‘a band of destroying angels’ came to destroy them in their houses. They never destroyed the occupants of house that were under then sing of blood. This is a sign of mercy. When we are under the sign of blood we are purified, protected, and also under the pledge of God’s mercy.
Sanctification through the Word of God
God sanctifies us by the truth, and his word is truth. To be sanctified by the word, we must hold to the teachings of God and be his disciples. Only by the teachings we know the truth and the truth will set us free from sin and bondage. All the words of God are true, righteous and eternal. Word of truth must be always in our mouth and our hope must be always in his laws. It is God’s will that we must be sanctified. We are sanctified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the spirit of our God.