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But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:  That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:30-31

 


What is Sanctification?

The dictionary defines sanctification as the state of growing in divine grace resulting from Christian commitment after conversion; a state of being sanctified.  Sanctified is defined as being set apart for a sacred purpose and being set free from sin.

The Scriptures define sanctification as being made holyGod said, "Be ye holy for I am holy".

Sanctification is the process, the operation of God, of salvation, were we are made holy, and live holy to God, because He is holy, live in holiness to God, reconciled to God and made worthy through Christ to enter into His Kingdom (2 Thessalonians 2:13).

Sanctification is the holiness of God received at salvation and lived throughout the life of every believer.

Sanctification is living Christ.  Sanctification is living holy unto God, for God, because of God, every day of our lives.

Sanctification is a lifelong journey of holiness to God, purposefully separating from sin and twistedness of this world.

Sanctification is born when we receive Christ and know that He died for our sins.  Sanctification is lived by daily acknowledging that we died with Christ to sin, and we commit our lives to serving God, to holiness through Christ forevermore. 

Sanctification is a lifelong commitment to God lived by faith every day to live our lives through Christ in the holiness of God, set apart from the world.

Sanctification is living salvation.  Sanctification is living with Christ, through Christ, putting on Christ, conforming our lives to Christ every day of our lives until we see Christ.

We receive, maintain, and retain sanctification by living in faith to God every day, by overcoming sin in our lives through Christ, abstaining from fornication, forsaking iniquity, avoiding evil, because God called us into His Holiness, and we are to be holy because He is Holy, and because we love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, with all our strength forevermore (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; 1 Peter 1:15-16 Romans 12:21; 1 John 5:4-5; Revelation 21:7).

 


Who gives Sanctification?

 

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Jude 1:1

That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:16

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10

God alone saves and only God sanctifies.  We are saved by the grace of God through faith in God.

Only through salvation are we sanctified by God the Father, sanctified by the Holy Ghost, sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ. 

Sanctification is given by God the Father, by the Holy Ghost, and by Jesus Christ. 

 


Who cannot give Sanctification?

 

Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. Psalm 99:5

No one but God can give sanctification.  God alone is Holy.  God alone can give sanctification.

 


How is someone sanctified?

 

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Acts 26:18

And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. John 17:19

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 2 Thessalonians 2:13

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 1 Peter 1:2

Salvation opens the door to sanctification.  Without salvation we cannot enter into sanctification.  Salvation is required to become sanctified.  Sanctification is the partner of salvation.

We are sanctified by acknowledging the truth of God, the truth of Christ Jesus, the truth of the Holy Spirit.

When we step out from sin, when we detach ourselves from bondage to the devil through the power of Jesus through faith in Him to salvation, we become sanctified.

Salvation is the operation of God through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.  At salvation we are sanctified when we reject sin and put on Christ.

Sanctification is the holiness of God received of God through salvation.

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:22-23

Through salvation we are made free from sin.  Faith in Christ Jesus to salvation sets us free from sin.  We become the children of God and become servants to God, and we have fruit of the Spirit, fruit unto holiness. 

Through salvation, through sanctification, we are given the gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 


Who are the sanctified?

 

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 1 Corinthians 1:2

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

The saints, the children of God, all who abide in Christ Jesus are sanctified.

 


Who are NOT sanctified?

 

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

The unbelieving are not sanctified, because they have not placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ to the saving of their souls. 

Do not be deceived.  The unbelieving will never see God.

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:15-18

 


When am I sanctified?

When we believe in God for the salvation of our souls we are sanctified by the Holy Ghost through Jesus Christ.

At salvation we receive God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.  By living in faith, from faith to faith, continuing in the faith, remaining steadfast in the faith, we are sanctified by God the Father through Jesus Christ through the Holy Ghost (Jude 1:1; Romans 15:16; Hebrews 10:10).

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Acts 26:18

 


Why does sanctification require my participation?

God never promised to live our lives for us, but through us, there is a difference. 

Sanctification cannot be lived without God in our lives.  We must be saved (John 3:7).  God abides in those who abide in Him (John 14:23; 15:4-6).  We are to seek God daily, desire God's presence in our lives, love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, with all we have (Deuteronomy 6:5).

That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 1 Thessalonians 4:4

Salvation is not one sided, but salvation is a partnership, a pledge, a promise, a covenant between God and us.  We are all saved the exact same way, by the grace of God through faith in God, there is no other way.

God alone gifts us with His salvation by His grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).  God alone gifts us with His grace (Ephesians 4:7) and His faith (Romans 12:3) to receive His salvation.  We have no work in our salvation but receiving it (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5). 

Our salvation is given to us solely by God Himself, from Him alone, but God never said that we have no responsibilities after we receive His gift, after we are saved.  On the contrary, God explicitly tells us all exactly what He expects from all His children.

God never said all we have to do is sit back and do nothing and He will do all the work after our conversion, but that we are to work out our own salvation (Philippians 2:12; Ezekiel 11:20, 20:19).  God never said that He expects nothing from us, but God expects us to maintain good works and be fruitful (Titus 3:8, 14).  God never said that we can live for ourselves after we are saved, but live unto God (2 Corinthians 5:15).  God never said we can live exactly like we did before we were saved, but we are to live as God's obedient children (1 Peter 1:14).  God never said we can have faith for a day, but we are to have enduring, steadfast, continuing faith until the end (Matthew 24:13; Hebrews 3:14, 10:38).  God never said we are to follow any doctrine, but we are to follow only His doctrine (Matthew 15:9; Ephesians 4:14).  God never said we can follow traditions of men, but follow His Word in all things.  God never said that we can do anything we like after we receive His gift of salvation, but that we are to bring into captivity every thought we have to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).  God never said that we can continue in our sins after we receive His gift of eternal life, but that we are not to sin (1 Corinthians 15:34; Ephesians 4:26; 1 John 2:1, 5:17).  God never said that we only need to follow Him for a little while, but for all the days of our life here on this earth (Matthew 24:13; Luke 8:13).

Salvation is not a one day event, but a lifelong commitment of living for God.  Salvation is living to God His way, not our way.  Salvation is giving your life to God, to be used by God in the way and manner He wishes, not in the manner we wish.  Salvation is an every day, lifetime journey spent loving God and living for God, not just one day a week, and does not end until our journey ends, that is when we pass from this life and see Him face to face in His Kingdom.

Jesus Himself said that we err - we are in error - not knowing the Scriptures and the power of God (Matthew 22:29).

God alone sanctifies all men by Himself, but afterwards God does require our participation.  Be ye holy: for I am holy (1 Peter 1:16).   We are asked of God to purify our souls by obeying the truth through the Spirit by love (1 Peter 1:22).  Obedience to God maintains our sanctification, and obedience to God requires our participation.

God tells us all that sanctification requires our participation.  Not that God needs anything from us, because He doesn't, but that we need to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).  Our working out our God given salvation is a requirement, a commandment from God (Ecclesiastes 12:13).  And we obey God because we love God (John 14:15).

God desires to love us and to be loved by us.  God created us for love, for His love.  God desires us to be where He created us to be, which is with Him covered in His love.  We were created by God, out of His love, for His love.  God does not force His love on anyone, but gently and loving offers His love to everyone.

God desires us to learn of Him every day, know Him, seek Him and be guided throughout our lives by Him.  If we do not seek God, pray to Him, ask Him, then we do not learn from Him and we do not know Him.

We show our love to God by seeking Him, learning all about Him, by following His will, by knowing Him, by engaging in a relationship with Him.

Salvation to God is not just conversion, "being saved', like so many people mistakenly believe, but the salvation of God is a relationship with God, a lifelong relationship with God maintained by love, faith and seeking God.  (Read the parable of the sower Matthew 13)

The purpose of salvation is to reconcile us to God, make a way for us to be with God, enable us to have a relationship with God now and for all eternity.

Salvation is the gift of God (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8).  Our salvation is to be given back to God through our love of God, by our lifelong commitment and obedience to God and His ways, by our sanctification.

What can we give God?  Our lifelong sanctification is our gift to God.  Our commitment to remaining holy is our sacrifice to God.  God desires our love, our sacrifice of living sanctified, remaining sanctified, remaining holy in an unholy world, is our gift back to God, our sanctification is our love gift back to God for all that He has done for us. 

The sweetest smell to God is the fragrance of His holy children's sacrifice of praise to Him continually, from the fruit of our sanctified lips giving thanks to His Holy name, enabled though our continued sanctification to Him and His righteousness.  Hebrews 13:15.  

Loving God every day, living a holy life to God every day, our sanctification, is an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God (Philippians 4:18). 

Sanctification is living salvation.   Sanctification is living Christ.  Sanctification is the reasonable duty of all who have been given such a gift from God, the miracle of salvation, the unsearchable love of God, our eternal salvation.

 


How is sanctification maintained?

 

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.

For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7

 

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:19, 21-22

We receive, maintain, and retain sanctification by loving God and living in faith to God every day, by overcoming sin in our lives with Christ, abstaining from fornication, forsaking iniquity, avoiding evil, because God called us into His Holiness, and we are to be holy because He is Holy, and because we love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, with all our strength forevermore (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; 1 Peter 1:15-16 Romans 12:21; 1 John 5:4-5; Revelation 21:7).

 


What is difference of justification and sanctification?

Justification is the righteousness of God.  Justification is the act of receiving the salvation of God.  Justification is required to see God, be with God for all eternity.    We are justified to God through salvation by the body of Jesus Christ.

Justification places the righteousness of Jesus Christ on you, whereby you are reconciled to God, whereby you become a child of God, adopted into the family of God, whereby you are saved.

Justification is received by faith in God to salvation, believing that God alone can and will save you.

Christ Jesus created justification and gifts it to mankind through faith in Him, by His resurrection (Romans 4:25).  Justification of life is by the righteousness of one Jesus Christ (Romans 5:18).

No person is justified by their works, we are justified by the faith of Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16).  Before salvation we are without righteousness; we have no righteousness without God.  This is why our works before salvation cannot save us, because we have no righteous works to give God until after we are saved.

Sanctification is the holiness of God received at salvation and lived out - throughout the life of every believer.

Sanctification is the ongoing process of salvation, were we are made holy, and live holy to God, because He is holy, live in holiness to God, reconciled to God and made worthy through Christ to enter into His Kingdom (2 Thessalonians 2:13).

Sanctification is living Christ.  Believers put on Christ, live out Christ in their daily lives.  Sanctification is living holy unto God, for God, because of God, every day of our lives.

Sanctification is a lifetime journey of holiness to God, purposefully separating from sin, evil and the twistedness of this world.

Sanctification is born when we receive Christ and know that He died for our sins.  Sanctification is lived by acknowledging that we died with Christ to sin, we commit our lives to serving God, to holiness through Christ forevermore. 

Sanctification is a commitment to God lived by faith every day to live our lives through Christ in the holiness of God, set apart from the world, set apart to God.

Justification is receiving salvation and sanctification is living that salvation. 

Justification is receiving Christ and sanctification is living with Christ, through Christ, putting on Christ, conforming our lives to Christ every day of our lives until we see Christ.

We receive, maintain, and retain sanctification by loving God and living in faith to God every day, by overcoming sin in our lives with Christ, abstaining from fornication, forsaking iniquity, avoiding evil, because God called us into His Holiness, and we are to be holy because He is Holy, and because we love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, with all our strength forevermore (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; 1 Peter 1:15-16 Romans 12:21; 1 John 5:4-5; Revelation 21:7).

Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 20:7

Justification is the birth of salvation and sanctification is the life of salvation.

 


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