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What does it mean to be sanctified?
To be sanctified means to be “set apart.” Synonyms for sanctified are holy, consecrated, and hallowed. The Bible speaks of things being “sanctified,” such as Mt. Sinai (Ex.19:23) and gifts to the temple (Mat.23:17); days, such as the Sabbath (Ex.20:7-8); names, such as God’s (Mat.6:9); and people, such as the Israelites (Lev.20:7-8) and Christians (Eph.5:26).
For a thing to be sanctified, means it is set apart for a special use. Mt. Sinai was set apart from all other mountains for the giving of the Law. The Temple in Jerusalem was set apart from all other locations for the worship of the one true God (2 Chron.7:16).
Any thing that is sanctified is reserved for God and should not be used for ordinary tasks. The night Babylon fell, King Belshazzar, gave orders to bring the gold and silver goblets from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them (Dan.5:2). Daniel 5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. 5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. (KJV) . . . That same night Belshazzar was killed by the invading Persians. God, His Name and His Word is hallowed, holy, sanctified! Any blasphemous or disrespectful use of His Name is profane.
Jesus spoke of Himself as being sanctified, meaning that He was holy and set apart from sin. John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. (KJV)
His followers are also to be also set apart from sin and for God’s use (1 Pet.1:16).
All people who are sanctified, are born again and therefore part of God’s family (Heb.2:11). They are reserved for God’s use. They know of the sanctifying work of the Spirit in their lives (1 Pet.1:2), and they stay away from sexual immorality (1 Thes.4:3). They realize they have been called to be saints (1 Cor.1:2).
To be sanctified means that God has been at work in our lives. Under the Old Testament Law, the blood of a sacrifice was required to set things apart unto God (Heb.9:22). Blood was sprinkled on tabernacle furniture, on priestly clothing, and on people. Nothing was considered sanctified until it had come in contact with the blood. This was a picture of the future spiritual application of Christ’s Blood for our salvation . . . when we are “sprinkled with his blood” (1 Pet.1:2,18-19). Just as the Temple of old was sanctified for God’s use, so too our bodies, which are the temples of the Holy Spirit, are set apart for God and His holy purposes (1 Cor.6:19).
To be sanctified means that God’s Word has influenced us, for it is only through His Word, that God cleanses us and makes us holy (Eph.5:26; Jn.17:17).
God loves us, and He invites sinners to come to Him and receive His mercy and forgiveness. When we believe God (1 Jn.5:10-13), and accept His only begotten Son to save us (Jn.3:15-16,36), the Holy Spirit begins His remarkable work of transforming us into the image and likeness of Christ. To be sanctified means that God loves us far too much to let us stay the same as we were before . . . the devil’s children (1 Jn.3:10). He wants us to be HIS children!
The apostle’s prayer is for all believers, everywhere: 1 Thes. 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)
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