Separated to Christ

portrait-119851_640Exodus 29:1: “Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests. Take one bull of the herd and two rams without blemish, (ESV)

To be made separate is being taken off from all other uses apart from a specific or a set of specific uses. The focus verse is about the consecration of the priest and the means for doing that was the blood of animals. And for the consecration of the new creation in Christ Jesus, of which you and I are part of, the blood of Jesus was shed, to achieve the ultimate consecration in us (Hebrews 10:29).

Because his blood life was shed we now take on his life (Leviticus 17:11). As the new priesthood, we are representatives of Jesus the High priest, we do his work on earth. A priest connects God to the people and the people to God. And in Jesus that is what we get to do.

Just as sacrifices are instrumental for people to be made priests, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross makes us priests.

Jesus told Peter and Andrew: follow me and I will make you a fisher of men (Mark 1:17). There is no limit to what Jesus can make us. But we do not get beyond who he is. He makes us who he is.

This starts with our being made children of God. Jesus can make us sons of God because he is already that. When he said he will make some people fishers of men; that was who he was.

In his prayer in John 17, Jesus says that for our sake he sanctified himself, he separated himself. He was not the son of God from eternity, he was God the word, but when Adam who was the son of God messed up, Jesus was sent to be born of the Spirit, born son of God to make for us the path into the same reality.

And later on he was tempted by the devil and he obtained victory over him, over sin, to us for the same purpose. He lived righteously to make the gift of righteousness available to us.

And he also received the Holy Spirit. In the river Jordan where he went to be dipped in water by John the Baptist, the heaven opened and the Spirit of God descend like a dove upon Jesus.

And we see a similar thing happen in the book of Acts chapter two, about ten days after Jesus ascended to heaven. It was the father who released the Holy Spirit on Jesus from heaven by river Jordan, and also spoke from there. For us to receive the Holy Spirit, Jesus has to release him to us. What he becomes, he makes us into.

He encourages us to have a good relationship with the Holy Spirit, being the means of our regeneration, the means of our being born again. We become what we are made. Jesus said: make the tree good and he fruit will be good (Matthew 12:33).

To make us priests, Jesus shed his blood because to become what we are not originally we need the life of the one who has it as seed for our own experience. That is why the bible enjoins us to look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Jesus is described as our sanctification (1Corinthians 1:30). He separates us to God by first purchasing us with his blood. He paid a price for our soul to set us free from the power of Satan.

Jesus said that as the father has sent him he sent us (John ), and just as he was separated to the father we should be separated to him and the Holy Spirit has been given to us to help us along in that direction. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth, he will take what is his, and manifest it to us (John 20:21).

Jesus was driven by the purpose of the father, and he wants us to be driven by his purpose. We are supposed to gaze on Jesus who for the joy set before him despised the shame of the cross, and was obedient to the death on the cross (Hebrews 12:1-6).

Just as he took a path of obedience to the father we should be on a path of obedience to him (Philippians 2:5-11). He said that his food is to do the will of the father in heaven (John 4:34), we should have a similar passion.

Now we should be separated from all other influence to the influence of the Holy Spirit. We are Christ’s. We need to have a level of commitment to Jesus that he has to us. His was a commitment in which he laid down his life and the he said that if we do not carry our cross and follow him we will not be worthy of the kingdom of God because separation is the hallmark of relationship with God (Matthew 10:38).

Talking about his own level of separation, Paul said that for the excellency of knowing Jesus he counted everything as dung to be found in him not having his own righteousness (Philippians 3:10-18).

He was separated from his own righteousness to the righteousness of Jesus. He separated from his own achievement and disappointments. He said: this one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and stretching forward to what lies in front, I press towards the mark of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. He was separated to the purpose of God for him. He said that he wants to lay hold of that for which Christ has laid hold of him.

Salvation is the process of being made separate to God. We chose to have him as the Lord, not questioning him in anything but obeying him in all things (Romans 10:9-10).

While the blood of Jesus sanctified us with regards to sin, the word of God sanctifies us is with regards to inward change (transformation) and the Holy Spirit sanctifies with regards to spiritual service.

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