"To Be Set Apart!"
1 Corinthians 1:2-3 New International Version
2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Wednesday -September 14
When Martin Luther died his family found a piece of paper in his pocket that read: “We are all beggars. This is true.” In other words, we are all living in the subway holding out a paper cup saying, “Excuse me, Lord, please show me a little mercy.” While everyone passes by, Jesus is the one who stops. He is the Good Samaritan who heals the wounds of sin and pays the price for our new life. This is what the fancy theological word “sanctification” means. Sanctification means “to be set apart” and Jesus is the one who does it. We beggars are made saints (sanctified ones) by the grace and mercy of God in Christ Jesus. God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give to you free, unmerited grace and peace.