What Is Sanctification?
Sanctification may be taken in a three fold sense.
What is the first sense of sanctification?
To sanctify is to appoint, consecrate, or set apart any person or thing to a holy and special use; thus the elect were sanctified by God the Father.
(Exodus 30:28-29; Leviticus 20:24; Psalm 4:3; John 17:17; 2nd Corinthians 6:17; Jude 1:1)
What is the second sense of sanctification?
The elect are sanctified by the blood of Christ, which blots out their transgressions as a cloud, has satisfied divine justice, removed the curse and purges the conscience from dead works.
(Isaiah 43:25; Isaiah 44:22; John 17:19; 1st Corinthians 1:2; 1st Corinthians 1:6-11; Ephesians 2:13; Colossians 2:13-14; Hebrews 9:14; Hebrews 10:10; Hebrews 10:14; Hebrews 13:12)
What is the third sense of sanctification?
The third sense of sanctification is the work of God’s Spirit, whereby the elect are renewed after the image of God, which is called the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost.
(Romans 12:2; Romans 15:16; Ephesians 4:22-24; Ephesians 5:26-27; Colossians 3:10; Titus 3:4-6)