• Bishop Keith Butler

Set Apart

In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight. If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister. (Colossians 1:22-23)


Doctrinal phrases of Christianity, like grace, sanctification, or even the term holy, are often misunderstood. Let’s examine the word holy. Many think holy means without sin. A holy person will avoid sin, but that’s not the full meaning of the word. Holy means set apart for a specific use. Paul wrote in Colossians 1:22 that God made you holy by first making you unblameable. That word in Greek means without blemish. God wants to take off all of the hurt and pain from your past and set you apart as someone without blemishes.

Then God said, “I’ll set you apart from the rest of the world by making you unreproveable.” This was a legal term in Greek and meant someone who was unable to be called upon by the courts for any crime. They were not convictable. As unreproveable, Satan can no longer bring up your past sins because God set you apart and deemed you as non-convictable of your past. Paul continued by saying that the way God set us apart from the rest of the world is that we would be people grounded and settled in our faith.


Grounded is the Greek word themelioó and means consolidated, to bring together (separate parts) into a single or unified whole; unite; combine. God has brought us together into the body of Christ and separated us from the rest of the world. Settled is the Greek word hedraios and means something that is impossible to be moved. You are holy; that means you are set apart from the world; you are unmoved by what is going on around you.


You have a solid faith in God. Jesus died so that you would not just be like everyone else in the world. You are holy; you’ve been set apart.


Practical Application – Do you ever feel out of place or like you don’t fit in? You were never supposed to. Remind yourself in those moments that God made you and empowered you to be holy.


Jude 1:24; 1 Peter 2:5

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