John 15:1-8, I Thessalonians 4:1-7, 5:14-24
Sanctify is defined as: To cleanse, purify or make holy. Holy as in whole, entire, perfect, in a moral sense. Hence pure in heart, temper, and disposition; free from sin, and sinful affections.–Webster
“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.” (1 Thess. 5:23) “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification..”
(1 Thess. 4:3) Sanctification is a 2nd work of grace done to the heart, purifying it from inbred depravity or tendency bent toward sin. The heart is cleansed, entire, and perfect. Therefore motives, actions and reactions are pure and holy. The old carnal man has been crucified with all of his lusts and carnal affections and you receive power to overcome all of the enemy, world, and sin. (Acts 1:8)
Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
Holy living in the early days of the Church of God movement included—
- Little or no makeup or jewelry for women
- No swearing, no drinking, no smoking
- No gambling, no movies
- No card playing , no dancing
- Abstinence from all forms of “worldliness”
The Sanctified Life Included
- Daily prayer and Bible study
- Modest dress and clean living
- Regular church attendance
- Testimony of the saints
- The body as the temple of God
- Evangelism and witnessing
- Fellowship with believers
- Separation from the “world”
One Meaning – Dedication, consecration, or setting apart for a specific and holy use.
A man’s house – Lev. 27:14
A Man’s field – Lev. 27:16
The vessels in the temple – 2 Chr. 29:19
The firstborn of Israel – Ex. 13:2
Jeremiah was sanctified before he was born – Jer. 1:5
Jesus was sanctified – John 10:36, 17:19
Second Meaning – Cleansing and purging from moral defilement.
1 Thess 5:23 – 24 NIV May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
Third Meaning – To be made holy by the infilling of the Holy Spirit
Eph 5:17 NIV Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.