John 15:3-4 ” You are already clean because of the Word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.”

“Remain in Me.” Jesus is telling us several times in this passage, but what is He saying? The Greek word for “remain” means to abide or dwell, but there’s more to it. It’s more than dependence, communion, and obedience…it’s a little used word now a days…sanctification. A example of sanctification is found in Ephesians 5:26, “Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word.” Through Jesus’ sacrifice we are sanctified and made clean from the guilt and shame of sin. In other words, we are set apart and consecrated to Him…this is called sanctification or holiness unto the Lord and something all Believers should be striving for.

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