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August 2, 2016

BASICS OF SANCTIFICATION

by Leslie John

THE BASICS OF SANCTIFICATION

Before we understand what ‘sanctification’ means we should understand the basic aspects of salvation, who the Lord Jesus Christ is, and why do we need to sanctify ourselves?  It is essential that we have the knowledge of the truth about salvation; otherwise it becomes hard for us to understand why we need to consecrate to the Lord, and why we need purification of soul and conscience.

Way back in Exodus chapter 12 it is seen how the lamb was consecrated to become the sacrifice for the salvation of the children of Israel from the destruction that was about to come in fourteen days from the first day of the month of “Abib”, a month denoted as such by the God of Israel. A pure lamb without any blemish was to be set apart on the tenth day of “Abib” and whole family would play with it and treat it as their family member.

Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:  And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:  And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.  (Exodus 12:3-6).

On the night before 14th day of “Abib” which was also called “Nisan” the lamb was killed and its blood was applied to the doorposts and lintels of the houses of the children of Israel in order that their firstborn would not be killed when the LORD passed over their homes.

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