Morning, July 12, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

Sanctified:  Set apart, made holy

“Sanctified by God the Father.” — Jude 1

“Sanctified in Christ Jesus.” — 1 Corinthians 1:2

“Through sanctification of the Spirit.” — 1 Peter 1:2

Carefully note the union of the Three Divine Persons in all their gracious acts. How unwisely do those believers talk who make preferences in the Persons of the Trinity; who think of Jesus as if he were the embodiment of everything lovely and gracious, while the Father they regard as severely just, but destitute of kindness. Equally wrong are those who magnify the decree of the Father, and the atonement of the Son, so as to depreciate the work of the Spirit. In deeds of grace none of the Persons of the Trinity act apart from the rest. They are as united in their deeds as in their essence. In their love towards the chosen they are one, and in the actions which flow from that great central source they are still undivided.

Especially notice this in the matter of sanctification. While we are not mistaken to speak of sanctification as the work of the Spirit, still we must take care that we do not view it as if the Father and the Son had no part in it. It is correct to speak of sanctification as the work of the Father, of the Son, and of the Spirit. Still does Jehovah say, “Let us make man in our own image according to our likeness,” and thus we are “His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” See the value which God sets upon real holiness, since the Three Persons in the Trinity are represented as working in concert to produce a Church without “spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.” And you, believer, as the follower of Christ, must also set a high value on holiness–upon purity of life and godliness of conversation. Value the blood of Christ as the foundation of your hope, but never speak disparagingly of the work of the Spirit which allows you to meet the conditions for the inheritance of the saints in light. This day let us so live as to manifest the work of the Triune God in us.