2 Chronicles 26-28
In our reading today we have the account of Uzziah the king who began to reign when he was 16 years old (2 Chronicles 26:1). Uzziah was a good king for most of his reign, but when he became strong he became puffed up and thought it was ok for him to go into the temple and burn incense which was only reserved for the priests (2 Chronicles 26:16). Over 80 priests followed him in and attempted to stop him, and in the process of them attempting to stop him he got angry with them and leprosy immediately developed on his forehead (2 Chronicles 26:17-19). When the priests saw the leprosy appear on his forehead they ran him out of the Temple, and he was a leper until the day he died and his son took over his kingdom (2 Chronicles 26:20-23). The downfall of Uzziah was pride. God will resist the proud (1 Peter 5:5).
In our reading today we have wonderful verse. John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Because of the New Birth we have a positional sanctification (1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Corinthians 6:11). But that is not what Jesus is referring to here. What Christ is referring to is our day by day walking out, or working out our own salvation by the grace of God. Walking in obedience to the Scripture by the empowerment of the grace of God. One of the passages that speak of this is in Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-4 “Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. 4:2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour.” A number of other Scriptures that have been a blessing to me in the past are, Ephesians 5:26; Hebrews 10:22; Psalm 119:9. Glory to God! God desires us to live a live of sanctification and He has given us the power to do so.