Sanctification

Sanctification

—Being holy and becoming holy

Sanctification is closely related to holiness (see Holiness, Lev. 11:45) and justification (see Justification, Rom. 3:24). It expresses both a state in which Christians exist and a process of becoming holy that takes place throughout life. This process of sanctification, whereby we gradually become more holy, follows justification. Sanctification is possible only in the Father, in Christ and in the Holy Spirit. Those who are sanctified are called “saints.”

  1. Christians have been sanctified
    1. Sanctified in Christ —1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11

    2. Sanctified through the blood of Jesus —Heb. 10:29

    3. Sanctified by the Holy Spirit —Rom. 15:16

    4. Sanctified by faith —Acts 26:18

    5. Christians are called saints —Ps. 16:3; Acts 9:13; Rom. 15:25-26, 31

  2. Christians are being sanctified —Acts 20:32
    1. Through the word of God —Jn. 17:17-19

    2. Through the work of God —1 Thes. 5:23

    3. Through the work of the Holy Spirit —2 Thes. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:2

    4. Through resisting sin —1 Thes. 4:3-7

See also Holiness



Holiness of God:


Ex. 15:11; Lev. 11:45; 1 Chr. 16:29; Ps. 93:5; 99:3-5; Isa. 6:3; 30:11-12; 57:15; Ezek. 36:23; Rom. 1:4; 1 Cor. 1:30; Rev. 4:8.



Christians sanctified by God:


Jn. 17:17-19; Acts 20:32; 26:18; Rom. 15:16; 1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:2



Gods people as saints:


Ps. 16:3; 34:9; 149:5; Acts 9.32; Rom. 1:7; 2 Cor. 1:1; Eph. 1:1; Phil. 4:22; Col. 1:12; 1 Thess.5:23; Phile. 5-7; Rev. 11:18.