Sanctification

Sanctification: hagiasmos [hag·ee·as·mos] Strongs 38 from 37
1) consecration, purification.
2) the effect of consecration.
2a) sanctification of heart and life.

Sanctification is used of (a) separation to God (b) the course of life befitting those so separated

Sanctification is that relationship with God into which men enter by faith in Christ and to which their sole title is the death of Christ.

Sanctification is also used in New Testament of the separation of the believer from evil things and ways.

This sanctification is God’s will for the believer and His purpose in calling him by the gospel, it must be learned from God, as He teaches it by His Word, and it must be pursued by the believer, earnestly and undeviatingly… for the holy character [hagiosune] cannot be transferred or imputed, it is an individual possession, built up, little by little, as the result of obedience to the Word of God, and of following the example of Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.*

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. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

* Vine’s complete expository dictionary of Old and New Testament words – Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W. (1996).*

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  1. Sanctification is that relationship with God into which men enter by faith in Christ and to which their sole title is the death of Christ.

    Ministermark what do you mean exactly by «the sole title is the death of Christ?»

    Charles

  2. Greetings Charles,

    At first I thought title was an odd word to use. Then I decided to search out the meaning of the word title and found there are three elements of a title. They are possession, the right of possession, and the right of property.

    Possession: You have it
    Right of Possession: You have the right to have it
    Right of Property: No matter what anybody says or does it’s yours!

    Our Sanctification was accomplished «before the foundation of the world» and is manifest in our flesh. Through His death we have been made heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus, this gives us the «title» to sanctification!

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