3. Consecration: The call to die to the world, and live with God and He with you. Genesis 35:1-8
The Christian life is a life by which God calls His people to a "set-apart life". Jacob has illustrated to us what occurs in conversion, or the call to die to sin. Next, we witnessed how Jacob experienced both crisis and process in the call to die to self. As each Christ-follower lives on in this world, the conflict with one's inner-self is a daily reality. Romans 7 and Romans 8 are two chapters that take us through what we've looked at thus far. There must needs be a conflict with the self. The Christian must daily urge the "old-man" to "die by crucifixion" in order to experience that sweet fruit of victory in Romans 8.
However, Jacob's walk of faith would experience a third major epiphany of sorts - namely, consecration. Consecration is simply the call to die to the world. God had Jacob return back to the very spot he was converted in Genesis 28. Genesis 35:1-4 picks up the following conversation of God with Jacob -