In Sanctified Vision John J. O'Keefe and R. R. Reno explain the structure and logic of the early Church fathers' interpretations of the Bible. https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/how-the-spirit-sanctifies Such a fellowship is the supreme moral force for the molding of life. And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her. ; Ephesians 4:13, the King James Version "Till we all come .... unto a perfect man," etc. Because of the sanctifying ministry of Christ, each day may be lived equally to the glory of God. Is his life wholly open to the divine fellowship? Yahweh's holiness is His supremacy, His sovereignty, His glory, His essential being as God. Christ cleanses the sinner once for all. The word "sanctification" does not occur in the Synoptic Gospels at all, but "sonship" with the Jews expressed this same relation of belonging. Rom 6:1-11 ; Col 3:1-4 ). It is possible, to one's peril, to confuse God's calling to "be redeemed" and God's calling to "be a redemptive agent." God's method is grace. Yahweh has been profaned in the eyes of the nations through Israel's defeat and captivity. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray. God called out to the fleeing man, "Where are you?" Although every typological feature cannot be established with absolute precision, Scripture indicates that the tabernacle and temple, including its priestly service, foreshadowed Christ ( Heb 8:5 ; 9:23 ). By "saint" is not meant the morally perfect, but the one who belongs to Christ, just as the sanctified priest or offering belonged to Yahweh. The world, the flesh, and the devil still operate in their usual insidious way, but the power of each has been rendered inoperative ( Rom 6:6 ; Heb 2:14 ) for those who live by faith according to their new identity. In 1 Thessalonians 5:23, the word "sanctify" is a Greek aorist tense, signifying an act and not a process, as also in John 17:19, "that they .... may be sanctified in truth," or truly. This study explains the meaning of the two different aspects of sanctification taught in the Bible: the complete and unchanging sanctification which the Christian already possesses as part of salvation, and the process of sanctification in which is on-going throughout the Christian life. Especially significant is the way in which Paul relates this new life to Christ. To understand this primary meaning we must go back to the word "holy" in the Old Testament. A pen is "sanctified" when used to write. To sanctify, therefore, means "to make holy." holy ones, as the word "saint," from Latin sanctus, through the Norman-Fr, signifies (1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1). Significant is the use of the words "creature" ("creation," see margin) and "workmanship" with Paul (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 2:10; 4:24). While the language of sanctification in theological terminology has focused on the progressive aspect of growing holiness in the Christian life, the Bible uses the term sanctification to point towards the status as consecrated and holy that we have in Christ through our union with him. For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification" (1 Thessalonians 4:3,4,7). The New Testament emphasis is that everything can be sanctified in a redemptive sense. He reminded his Jewish audience that when God elected Israel to be a redemptive agent ( Gen 12:1-3 ), he did not guarantee redemption for every Israelite. Its meaning is not primarily ethical. In a few New Testament passages the Old Testament ritual sense reappears, as when Jesus speaks of the temple sanctifying the gold, and the altar the gift (Matthew 23:17,19; compare also Hebrews 9:13; 1 Timothy 4:5). This appears in Paul's teaching as to sanctification. Yet Scripture speaks about holy things. For usage information, please read the Baker Book House Copyright Statement. Such is the fellowship into which God graciously lifts the believer. Neither was so distorted by the fall so as to obliterate God's original purpose and design completely. It is not moral character that is meant here, but a certain separation from the profane and unclean and a certain relation to God. Only Christ could take away sin, "perfecting for all time those who are being sanctified" ( Heb 10:14 , marginal reading ). We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Christ is the Sabbath rest for believers ( Heb 4:1-11 ). The new identity is characterized by faith-solidarity with Christ in his resurrection so that "we might bear fruit to God" ( Rom 7:4b ; cf. God is separate, distinct, other. We must not limit ourselves to the words "saint" or "sanctify" to get this teaching with Paul. Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob. If God gives only as we live, then He cannot give all at once. In the same way the phrase "the sanctified" or "those that are sanctified" is used to designate the believers. (For the former, note Isaiah 6:6; Luke 3:16; Acts 2:3; for the latter, Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 5:26; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 10:22; Revelation 1:5; 7:14.) Paul's great contribution to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit lies here. It is not only God's gift, but our task. An exception is Beet, Holiness Symbolic and Real. Bibliography Information And he bringeth in the sanctified things of his father, and his own sanctified things, to the house of God, silver, and gold, and vessels. If death suddenly ends the life of a growing Christian before he is wholly sanctified, the Holy Spirit perfects the work. It was the latter that Christ entered and opened for all who come to God through him ( Heb 8:1-6 ; 9:23-26 ; 10:19-22 ). Believers do not deny or ridicule legitimate human desires. And I have magnified Myself, and sanctified Myself, And I have been known before the eyes of many nations, And they have known that I am Jehovah! An intimate human fellowship is an analogue of this, and we know with what power it works on life and character. A believer grows in sanctification by living according to his or her new identity. But the real making holy is co-extensive with the whole life of man. The ethical is not wanting in these passages. And he giveth back the eleven hundred silverlings to his mother, and his mother saith, 'I had certainly sanctified the silver to Jehovah, from my hand, for my son, to make a graven image, and a molten image; and now, I give it back to thee.'. Human beings "fall short of God's glory" ( Rom 3:23 ) because they lack God's presence, which produces glory. Sanctification always requires God's presence. Key Concepts. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. In his character, therefore, Jesus Christ was morally sanctified. "; "Are you earnestly striving after it?" When God disciplines his children, it is for their good, that they may "share in his holiness" ( Heb 12:10 ). No human being or thing shares the holiness of God's essential nature. The latter cannot substitute for the former. He brings the highest Christian demand to the poorest of his pagan converts. In 3:12 Paul claims that he is not perfect as a victor, because the race is not ended. This positive and vital meaning of sanctification dominates Paul's thought. Functioning moral likeness to God, lost in the fall, is restored through God's redemption in Christ ( Eph 4:23-24 ; Col 3:9-10 ). The clear recognition of the personal and vital character of sanctification will help us with another problem. To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. The new covenant brings greater glory than the old ( 2 Cor 3 ). Yet both, depending on the analogy employed, are skewed, broken, fallen, dysfunctional, "unsanctified.". It is personal life that is to be hallowed, thought, affections, motives, desires, will, and only a personal agent through personal fellowship can work this end. It is wrought out by God's Spirit in a daily fellowship to which man gives himself in aspiration and trust and obedience, receiving with open heart, living out in obedient life. Evidently it is not the inner and personal holiness of this apostate that is referred to, especially in view of the tense, but that he had been separated unto God by this sacrificial blood and had then counted the holy offering a common thing. Sanctification is the call to put off the old self, one … And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them. Just as all forgiveness of sin was provisional until the ministry of the Messiah was complete, so all sanctification was provisional ( Heb 9:13-14 ; 10:10-12 ). The symbols of fire and water, as suggesting cleansing, have sometimes been made the basis for a whole superstructure of doctrine. .... And the witness that God had saved me from all my sins grew clearer every hour. It is a very rich and active life, this life of fellowship to which we are surrendered. 15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. No one may presume on God's grace in sanctification. Wesley added to this the witness of the Spirit, for which his only proof-text is 1 Corinthians 2:12. It is applied to Yahweh, and it means the assertion of Yahweh's power in Israel's triumph and the conquest of her foes (Ezekiel 20:41; 28:25; 36:23; 38:16; 39:27). The incarnation was an indispensable means for sanctifying humanity because it was necessary that the sanctifier be from within humanity ( Heb 2:11 ). All is from God; we can only live what God gives. Paul flatly condemned it ( Gal 1:6-9 ; 2:16 ; 3:11 ). Sanctification According to God's Creative Design. It is the hierodule, the familiar figure of the old pagan temple, the sacred slave consecrated to the temple and the deity for immoral purposes. It is only as we walk by the Spirit that this becomes powerful in overcoming the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:16; compare Galatians 5:25). 2:13 ). Whatever its mystical aspects, that fellowship is not magical or sacramental. Salem Media Group. See also Ethics; Spirituality; Union with Christ. Peter reminds believers to be diligent in making their calling and election sure ( 2 Peter 1:10 ). These interpretations are considered foundational to the development of Christianity as a religion and offer insight into how the early church fathers thought about Christian doctrine and practice. By adding to these two the evident fact that the Christian believers seen in the New Testament are far from the attainment of such Christian perfection, some writers have assumed to have the foundation here for the doctrine that the state of complete holiness of life is a special experience in the Christian life wrought in a definite moment of time. But this Spirit is the Holy Spirit, whether with Paul we say Spirit of Christ or Spirit of God (Romans 8:9). Isaiah 8:13; 29:23 suggest the same idea by the way in which they relate "sanctify" to fear and awe. In sanctification, the believer is simply applying the implications of his or her justification. I call upon you, therefore, brethren, through the compassions of God, to present your bodies a sacrifice -- living, sanctified, acceptable to God -- your intelligent service; Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Praying in Jesus' name sanctifies our prayers ( John 15:16 ). Paul takes up the same thought, but joins it definitely to the words "saint" and "sanctify." This Shelomith and his brethren are over all the treasures of the holy things, that David the king, and heads of the fathers, even heads of thousands, and of hundreds, and heads of the host, sanctified; from the battles, even from the spoil they sanctified to strengthen the house of Jehovah; and all that Samuel the seer, and Saul son of Kish, and Abner son of Ner, and Joab son of Zeruiah sanctified, every one sanctifying any thing -- it is by the side of Shelomith and his brethren. But we do not get the full meaning of this thought of sanctification as consecration, or belonging, until we grasp the New Testament thought of our relation to God as personal. The simple, practical way in which he attacks the bane of sexual impurity in his pagan congregations shows this. The prophets showed that this belonging to Yahweh demanded righteousness. Regeneration is the implanting of a new life in man. Another word for a holy person is "saint" (hagios [a&gio"]), meaning a sanctified one. God sanctified Jeremiah even before birth for his prophetic ministry ( Jer 1:5 ). As we read the instructions of the Bible, we are urged to obey them, and resolving to do so, with God’s help, makes us grow in holiness. These desires, however, need to be continually prioritized according to God's purposes ( Matt 6:33 ). Just as each Israelite had a role in the corporate life under the old covenant, so the church functions by the ministry of gifted and called individuals. In the case of the term "sanctify," it may be worthwhile to take a look at its antonym "defile" to gain another perspective into its meaning. He would later end up in prison through no fault of his own. "The more holy a man is, the more humble, self-renouncing, self-abhorring, and the more sensitive to every sin he becomes, and the more closely he clings to Christ. His theory is that in the normal Christian the principle of holiness, beginning with the new birth, gradually expands and strengthens as the believer grows in grace and in the knowledge of the truth, till, by a final, all-surrendering act of faith in Christ, it reaches an instantaneous completion through the act of the Holy Spirit, the sanctifier: 2 Corinthians 7:1 "perfecting holiness," etc. and Jehoash king of Judah taketh all the sanctified things that Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had sanctified, and his own sanctified things, and all the gold that is found in the treasures of the house of Jehovah and of the house of the king, and sendeth to Hazael king of Aram, and he goeth up from off Jerusalem. The sanctification of human beings, therefore, is the highest goal of God's work in the universe. The Word reveals God's will ( John 17:17 ). In one sense only God is holy ( Isa 6:3 ). In … And if he that sanctified the field will in any wise redeem it, then he shall add the fifth part of the money of thy estimation unto it, and it shall be assured to him. Their great message is: This now is Yahweh; hear what it means to belong to such a God and to serve Him. See Romans 6:3-11; 8:9,10; 1 Corinthians 2:16; 15:22; Galatians 2:20. But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness. Biblical self-denial is not asceticism withholding pleasure or causing pain as an inherent means of spiritual growth. Glory is symbolized by a fire that does not consume ( Exod 3:5 ), by a visible pillar of cloud and fire hovering above the Holy of Holies ( Exod 40:34-35 ), by fire and violent quaking accompanying the giving of the Law on Sinai ( Exod 19:18 ), and by the splendor that will accompany Christ's return to earth ( Rev 19 ). It is God's declaration of righteousness. God sanctifies a believer through his or her faithful remembrance of Christ's redemptive work according to the command of the Lord. The opposite of sanctified is "profane" ( Lev 10:10 ). There is one God. Bibliography. From a remnant within ethnic Israel, God built his church. Paul no more disclaims spiritual perfection in these words than does Christ before "the third day." That conclusion we can reach only as we go back again to the fundamental principle of the personal character of the Christian life and the relation thus given between the ethical and the religious. (See Meyer's note.) The result of sanctification is glory the manifestation of God's presence. Nowhere else in the Bible are we expressly declared to be "sanctified by God the Father." Paul calls for active trust and obedience when he says, "Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God" ( 2 Cor 7:1 ). By "the inheritance among all them that are sanctified" is meant the heritage of the Christian believer (Acts 20:32; 26:18; compare 1 Corinthians 1:2; 6:11; Ephesians 1:18; Colossians 1:12). So Paul prays for the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 5:23), and declares that Christ is to sanctify His church (compare Romans 6:22; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:21; 1 Peter 1:2). When we spend time with God in prayer and in the Word, his nature permeates us, causing us to chang… All have undergone a certain development. and the plan of all {that he had in mind} for the courtyards of the house of Yahweh and for all the surrounding storage rooms, the treasuries of the house of God, and the treasuries for sanctified objects. There are many examples in Scripture, such as Mt. Synopsis: Sanctification or holiness is what makes people saints —a Bible term for Christians, God’s holy or sanctified people. The believer "presses on" by laying hold by faith on the promises of God ( Php 3:12 ), striving according to his indwelling resources ( Col 1:29 ). Here "I will be sanctified" is the same as "I will be glorified" (Leviticus 10:1-3). And this I believe many have attained, on the same evidence that I believe many are justified.". God transforms believers from a worldly perspective and lifestyle by renewing the mind ( Rom 12:2 ). The fall plunged the human race and the universe into a state of dysfunction ( Gen 3:14-19 ). Positively, sanctification is the growth in righteous attitudes and behavior. Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt offerings into the house of the LORD. The Bible shows abundantly that there is a "holiness without which we will not see the Lord" and we are told in Hebrews 12:14 to "pursue" it. 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