I avoid some things because they sound very geeky and smack of theology.
Jesus talks about sanctification. Maybe I need to listen up. I want to know what He thinks.
So what does Jesus have to say?
Jesus had a lot to say about sanctification. Consider John 17 (verses 15-21). “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify (set apart as holy) them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify (set apart as holy) Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified (set apart as holy) in truth. I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
- Sanctification is a translation of the Greek word hagiasmos, meaning the process of making or becoming holy, set apart, sanctification, holiness, or consecration.
- Sanctification is a state of separation unto God; I entered into this state when was born of God: “You are in the Messiah Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30, ESV).
- What is the means to sanctification? It is the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. It is a work God performs, an intricate part of my salvation and my connection with the Messiah “By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10).