Salvation - Sanctification



I The Defintion of Sanctification

1a Stated

1b In the Scriptures the basic meaning is “to set apart or separate” something out for a special purpose

2b Though we usually think of it in regards to God’s holiness and His work in the life of the Saint, the term is many times used in other senses as well

2a Demonstrated

1b General usage

1c Set apart to sexual immorality

1d Prostitution

1e No action against the women for what the men have not refused to separate from (Hosea 4:14)

2e No women are set apart of ritual prostitution (Dt. 23:17)

2d Homosexuality (Dt. 23:18 – term for “dogs” is term used of male prostitutes)

2c Set apart to false worship (Isa. 66:17: Hosea 4:12-15)

3c Set apart to war (Jer. 6:3) – setting Israel aside for war and conquest

4c Set apart from a nation (Jud. 4:11): separate from one’s people

5c Set apart to death (Ruth 1:17; 2 Sam. 1:23): Ruth and Naomi; Saul and Jonathan not separated in death

6c Set apart to heaven (2 Kings 2:11): Elijah and Elisha

7c Set apart from one’s mother (Job 4:11; Gal. 1:15): lioness and cubs; Paul from his mother’s womb

2b Divine usage

1c Objects and things are separated unto God

1d Days – Sabbath (Gen. 2:3)

2d Houses and Fields (Lev. 27:13-16)

3d Tabernacle (Lev. 8:10-11)

4d Gold of the temple (Matt. 23:17-19)

5d One’s personal property (Matt. 7:10-11 & Acts 5:1-11 – abuse and consequences)

2c Persons

1d Set apart unto special service

1e First born (Ex. 13:2)

2e Priest (Ex. 28:41)

3e Nazarene (Num. 6:2-6)

4e King (1 Sam16:13)

5e Widow (Lk. 2:36-38; 1 Tim. 5:4-19)

6e Pastor and leadership (1 Tim. 3:1-13)

2d Set apart unto the gospel

3d Set apart from the world (Jn 17:15-17)

3c Nations: Israel (Ex. 19:14)

4c Angels

1d Unto God (1 Tim. 5:21)

2d Unto judgment (Jude 6)

5c God Himself

1d Set apart from the gods of the nations (Ezek. 38:23)

2d Set apart to salvation ( Jn. 10:36; 17:19)

II The Saving Work of Sanctification: four aspects of God’s saving work that involve setting apart the believer

1a Preparational Sanctification

1b The Saint to be is set apart from humanity for the convicting work of the Holy Spirit (1 Pet. 1:2; 2 Thes. 2:13; Jn. 17:15-19 – note to things sanctification and faith)

2b The Saint is sometimes set apart through a believing mate or parent (1 Cor. 7:14-16; 1 Pet. 3:1) – just by remaining married to them – not by preaching at them

2a Positional Sanctification

1b The setting apart of the Saint as God’s own possession at salvation

2b It speaks of our permanent standing before God due the finished work of Christ (1 Cor. 6:11; Heb. 2:11; Acts 26:18)

3b Thus we can go “boldly” into the presence of God presently (Eph. 2:18; 3:12; Heb. 4:16; 10:19-23 w Matt. 27:50-51)

1c Remember the High Priest was sanctified once a year to go into God’s presence

2c However, we have been sanctified once for all and can enter now

3a Progressive Sanctification

1b It is the process of being progressively set apart from sin and unto holiness (Heb. 2:11; 10:14)

1c Preparational – selection of individual to be adopted

2c Positional – adoption itself

3c Progressive – training the child to become like the one who is adopting

2b This sanctification

1c Requires the work of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18)

2c Requires the surrender of the believer (1 Jn. 3:3)

3b This sanctification results in

1c Control of the flesh (1 Thes. 4:2-7)

2c Fitness for service (2 Tim. 2:21; 3:16-17)

3c Fellowship with Christ (Jn. 17:18-19; 1 Jn. 1:6-7)

4a Perfected Sanctification

1b The completion of the work of sanctification (1 Thes. 5:23; Eph. 5:26; Phil. 1:6)

2b This completion takes place at death or the coming of Christ (Phil. 1:6; 1 Thes. 3:13)

3b From that day forward will be totally sanctified unto holiness