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'killing' when he used it of the gift sent by the Philippians (Phil. 4:18),
and of his own service (Phil. 2:17). In Romans 12:1 he speaks
of a 'living sacrifice', and in Hebrews 13:15,16 of the 'sacrifice' of
praise. Peter speaks of 'spiritual sacrifices' (1 Pet. 2:5).
It is the glory of the Redeemer that, in contrast with the many
sacrifices offered under the law which never took away sin, His one offering
was gloriously sufficient:
'But this man, after He had offered One Sacrifice for sins for ever,
sat down on the right hand of God' (Heb. 10:12).
Thusiasterion is the 'altar' where the sacrifice was offered. But not only
so, it is used of the altar of incense (Luke 1:11; Rev. 8:3). Here no
'killing' is involved, but the incense nevertheless is closely associated
with the act of atonement, as may be seen in Numbers 16:46,48, 'Take a
censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go
quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them ... and he
stood between the dead and the living'. This is a unique occasion, and the
point of the event may be in the contrast between this action of Aaron and
'the strange fire' (Num. 26:61) offered by Nadab and Abihu. Holiness
demanded, and Love provided the Sacrifice. Man needed it but could not
provide it. Like salvation by grace, 'It is the gift of God'.
Its connection with the Atonement
'And the priest shall put of the oil ... upon the place of the blood'
What does Scripture mean by sanctification? We read and hear much
about 'Sanctification of the Spirit', of the 'Higher Life' and many other
expressions. We have 'Holiness Meetings', and 'Consecration Services', and
we are continually exhorted to 'Touch not, taste not, handle not', until the
antichristian 'abstaining from meats' (1 Tim. 4:3) seems to be perilously
Again we say, What is sanctification as presented in the Scriptures?
Is it primarily the sanctity of the believer's walk, produced by the Holy
Spirit in his life by the Word, or is it first of all the unqualified perfect
possession, and blood-bought birthright of every child of God, from the least
to the greatest, sanctification wrought by atoning blood? Rome has canonized
her 'saints'. Many believers today make no profession of being saints,
whereas Scripture applies without distinction this wonderful title to every
redeemed sinner. We give a few out of many passages to illustrate this:
'To all that be in Rome (i.e. all believers) beloved of God, called
saints' (Rom. 1:7).
'Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are
sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints' (1 Cor. 1:2).
'To the saints which are at Ephesus, and faithful ones in Christ
We find next that sanctification, like salvation, is connected with the
unalterable, irreversible purpose of electing grace: 'He hath chosen us in