Normally we think of “holy,” or “saints,” but have you ever thought of yourself as beloved – if not, add that to your list of definitions for sanctified.
For sanctification is not only meant to be considered as internal, but also to election – the appointment to service – vessels set apart with design and purpose for sacred use and service. I think it still implies a separation from the world so that we are considered a distinct and peculiar people – as such we are loved by God the Father.
We continue our walk in the faith unshaken knowing that this faith of ours can not be preserved unless we continue in union with Christ, by whose grace alone we can be preserved and called.
We have a place in His heart, and we are in His hands, and are in Him, and united to Him, and we are represented by Him in the covenant of grace; and being in Him, we are preserved by Him, We need to understand that we are not preserved from falling from the corruption of human nature, nor from actual sins and transgression. However, the law could not execute the sentence of condemnation on us, nor sin damn us, nor Satan.
We are not preserved from indwelling sin, nor from the temptations, nor from doubts and fears and unbelief, nor from slips and falls into sin; but from the tyranny and dominion of sin, from being devoured by Satan, and from a total and final falling away; we are preserved in the love of God, and of Christ; in the covenant of grace; in a state of adoption; and in the paths of right living, truth, faith, and holiness.
Called to be saints.
Saints is the same as Christians; to become such we are called to believe in Christ. We are called out of darkness into light, and from bondage to liberty; and from a dependence on ourselves to the grace and righteousness of Christ; and from society to fellowship with Him; and to eternal glory.