Year of Calling: Sanctified


Week 21 Word: Sanctified

Week 21 Text: I Corinthians 6:11

Written by: Andrea Ferrell

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in

the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

(1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV)


“We need to talk.”

‘Okay,’ I thought. ‘What in the world could this be all about?’ I sat down on the couch, my mind racing with thoughts of what could possibly be so pressing. And then it happened–the confession. And all of the sudden the life that I had so carefully built crumbled right in front of my very eyes.

Have you been there? In a conversation that in the blink of an eye changed everything? A confession that rocked your boat so much you thought maybe it would just be easier to get out and tread water?

You were faced with a choice–forgiveness or not.

Or maybe you have been the one so deep in sin you couldn’t imagine a way out. You knew your only chance was to come clean, but the pain it would cause you and the people you love would be deep. You thought maybe you could just keep treading this water a little while longer; maybe you can find a way out. But you find yourself sitting on the couch, face to face with someone you love, and you find the courage to say, “We need to talk.”

And you are faced with a choice: you have unloaded, you are sorry–now, can you accept the forgiveness?

To forgive and to be forgiven, this is what Paul is speaking of in our verse this week. If we only read the verses leading up to verse 11 (verses 9-10), we would get a very incomplete picture of Paul’s point to the Corinthians. We would only see ourselves for who we were before Christ adorned us with a cloak or righteousness.

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV)



Or if we just camped out in verse 11:

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV)

We may become forgetful of what we came from, and who we were, before Jesus declared us washed, sanctified and justified.

I find that as I walk this journey of sanctification (the process of becoming holy), I only see my own wickedness more plainly, while at the same time I see Jesus’s atoning sacrifice for me all the greater. The weight on the gospel lifts my yoke of unrighteousness to such a level of lightness that I can barely keep myself from dancing in all that free space.

When we are faced with someone’s confession or when we make our own confession, let us, dear Christian, above ALL else remember that we are works in progress. This side of Heaven, let us boast in nothing else except the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, that is sanctifying us over and over and over and over and over and over …

Application Questions:

1.Do you see yourself as a work in progress (the process of sanctification) or do you tend to camp out in one of these two?

-I am not good enough, I am filth, I am not worthy….Or….

-I’ve got this, I am the example, other people need to be more like me. (be honest!)

2. If you land in one of the extremes listed above, take time to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to you how to return to the truth of God’s word. Re-read the verses from today.

3. Close your eyes and imagine Jesus, the lover of your soul, looking at you straight in the eyes and saying “You, _______, are washed, justified and sanctified because I love you.”