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.
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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