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January 24 , 2009

Circumcision: God's Picture of Sanctification


Sanctification? The concept is hazy to the typical man or woman in the pew today. The average Christian has encountered God’s command, "Be holy, for I am holy"; but having no clear definition, he or she doesn’t know how to go about becoming holy. It's hard for many to form a picture of the goal God has in mind.

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A picture? God knows about pictures! As a loving heavenly Father dealing with His children (and the most "mature" among us is still a child in spiritual understanding), He knows that children learn from pictures. So in the Old Testament, God paints many pictures to give us insight and understanding into His ways and His truth. Bible teachers call those pictures "types" or "patterns," and among Father's numerous illustrations, there are several that depict the process by which we can become holy (that is, "sanctified").

The New Testament frequently refers to one of God's Old Testament pictures of holiness - the rite of circumcision. As Bible teacher Jim Kerwin unfolds this "type" or picture, we gain a glimpse into the heart and mind of the Holy One and His plan, purpose, and provision for the believer's sanctification. You'll come away with a much clearer picture of how to "be holy as God is holy" as you read "Circumcision: God's Picture of Sanctification.

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