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Remember justification? The removing of the guilt of our sins, and the declaration of our souls as righteous, right? As I mentioned, it has a twin concept, sanctification.

Literally, to sanctify something means “to make it holy.” Sounds a lot like justification, sure, but it’s not quite. John 17:17: Sanctify them in truth; your word is truth. The subtle difference is that sanctification is us ceasing to have sins that need covered by the Blood. Jesus stopped our sins from separating us from God, but now sanctification happens. Sanctification is not immediate, the way justification is. Sanctification is a process of cleansing, a changing of the saved from the inside out.

We know from John 17:19 that there is no sanctification without justification, but from there it gets more contentious. Some, such as the Calvinists, might argue that Jesus’ blood justifies and sanctifies us; essentially they deny a real difference. To them, justification is just the beginning of sanctification: when a justified person sins, they are acting out of character, since they already were sanctified. Others, like the Lutherans, suggest that once Jesus justifies, the Holy Spirit sanctifies over time; the Christian continually displays more and more good fruit, but may not display ALL good fruit while still in this fallen world. Some think that sanctification happens to a person (the monergist view), others believe that sanctification is something that we have to do (a legalist view). Still others believe that it’s something the Holy Spirit enables, but humans have to allow it to happen or participate (the synergist view)

Got it? Hooray!

Keeping your own bias in mind, here are a few places where God is talking about sanctifying things – what does it look like when He talks about it?

Exodus 29:43  It shall be a regular burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will meet with you, to speak to you there. There I will meet with the people of Israel, and it shall be sanctified by my glory.

Leviticus 20:8 Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you.

Leviticus 21:8  You shall sanctify him, for he offers the bread of your God. He shall be holy to you, for I, the Lord, who sanctify you, am holy.

John 17:17-19 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Romans 6:19  I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

1 Cor 1:30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption

Hebrews 10:10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

See you tomorrow!

– Strings

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