Sanctification In The New Testament

In the Old Testament sanctification involved people and other things. The New Testament emphasizes the sanctification of people. And everything we have should be sanctified as well. If we are sanctified, all that we have will be sanctified for God*s use as well.

John 17:19: And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

Ephesians 5:25: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

1 Thessalonians 5:23: 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. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

Hebrews 13:12: Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

1 Peter 3:15: But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

I again quote The American Tract Society dictionary.

In a doctrinal sense, sanctification is the making truly and perfectly holy what was before defiled and sinful. It is a progressive work of divine grace upon the soul justified by the love of Christ. The believer is gradually cleansed from the corruption of his nature, and is at length presented *unspotted before the throne of God with exceeding joy.* The Holy Spirit performs this work in connection with the providence and word of God.

John 14:26: *But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.*

John 17:17: *Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.*

2 Thessalonians 2:13: *But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:*

1 Peter 1:2: *Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.*

The highest motives urge every Christian not to resist him, and seek to be holy even as God is holy. The ultimate sanctification of every believer in Christ is a covenant mercy purchased on the cross. He, who saves us from the penalty of sin, also saves us from its power; and in promising to bring a believer into heaven, engages also to prepare for heaven.

Sanctification in the Old Testament involved mostly the nation of Israel, separating them from the world unto God. Sanctification in the New Testament involves separating believers out of all nations, mostly Gentiles, unto God. Sanctification in the New Testament is broader and deeper. One day all of the Holy Angels will be in Paradise with God and all the fallen angels will be in the Lake of Fire. All unbelievers will be in the Lake of Fire prepared for the Devil and his angels and all believers will be in Paradise with God. I think of that as the ultimate, complete and eternal separation (sanctification).

Matthew 25:33: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

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