“Making holy” or “consecrating” a place, thing, or person to God. Since holiness is primarily the attribute of God, what is “sanctified” is removed from “profane” or “secular” use and reserved to the Lord. In the OT, rites such as sprinkling with blood sanctify places, objects, and persons. The people must consecrate themselves before they can approach the Lord (Exod 19:22-24). NT writers can speak of sanctification as something that is accomplished by Christ (2Thess 2:13). Jesus’s sacrifice is said to “sanctify” Christians (Heb 10:10; John 17:19). Sanctification, however, is not a passive gift. Christians must live out their lives in a holiness that reflects what they have received (Rom 6:19; 1Thess 4:3; 1Thess 4:7; 1Tim 2:15; Heb 12:14).

Exod 19:22-24

22Even the priests who approach the Lord must consecrate themselves or the Lord will break out against them.”23Moses said to the Lord, “The people are not permi ... View more

2Thess 2:13

Chosen for Salvation
13But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for sa ... View more

Heb 10:10

10And it is by God's will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

John 17:19

19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Rom 6:19

19I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater ... View more

1Thess 4:3

3For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from fornication;

1Thess 4:7

7For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness.

1Tim 2:15

15Yet she will be saved through childbearing, provided they continue in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.

Heb 12:14

Warnings against Rejecting God's Grace
14Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

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