Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.
Question: What is Christian consecration?
Answer: Let us use Romans 12: 1 as the main Scripture to consider for this subject:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
According to the Bible, the Christian life is meant to be progressive, leading one on to ever
higher stages of development. Christian consecration, or dedication, is the third step in the
Christian’s life – the first two being repentance for one’s sins, and faith in Christ, which enables
one to become justified by faith.
Consecration may be defined as a separation from the common and ordinary and a dedication to
God. The classic example of consecration is that of Jesus, Who separated Himself from the
common and ordinary pursuits of life, and yielded Himself fully to God and His service.
The privilege of consecration is by invitation only. It is not offered to the world in general, but
only to those who are already justified by faith, referred to in our text as “brethren.” In this
verse, the word “brethren” is a generic term that is used to address both justified Christian men
and women, or Christian brothers and sisters.
Consecration consists of four attributes, all of which are indicated in our text
(Romans 12: 1). They are:
that consecration is energetic.
real spirit of holiness.
Jesus’ sacrifice which makes one just or righteous in God’s sight, and therefore pleasing to
thought that consecration is wise and reasonable.
We might ask: Why should a Christian who is already justified by faith go on to take the step of
Although consecration is not a requirement in this life, this step is taken when a justified
Christian develops a gratitude for, and appreciation of God’s mercy, His past favors. In the
ultimate sense, all owe everything to God, including their existence and their redemption
through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, they recognize that consecration honors God,
that it will uplift themselves and others, and that it will enable them to overcome evil.
Consecration is carried out by faithfulness in following in the footsteps of Jesus, the Christian’s
The activities of the consecrated Christian’s life include:
graces of character
The advantages of the consecrated Christian’s life are manifold, and include:
Note: Please find a more thorough examination of this subject in our article, Christian