6 Sanctification: What Does the Lord Expect of Us? PDF Print E-mail

Prof. Johan Malan, Mossel Bay, South Africa (August 2010)

6. Set apart for service

Sanctification may also be translated as “set apart for the service of the Lord” and therefore indicates an obligation to serving the Lord. There is no true service to the Lord possible without the prior filling of the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus told His disciples that they first had to wait for this essential spiritual equipment before starting with their ministry: “Tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). Shortly before His ascension He repeated the promise on spiritual empowerment and sanctification: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me” (Acts 1:8).

There are many people who work for the Lord without having a testimony of sanctification and filling with the Holy Spirit. They rely on their own intellectual and fleshly abilities to do the work. Paul was also an educated man but he guarded against trying to preach the gospel in his own strength. He said to the church in Corinth: “My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Cor. 2:4).

Make sure that the anointing of the Holy Spirit rests upon you before preaching the gospel to others. Human arguments without the power and conviction of the Holy Spirit will not yield any lasting results.