Sanctification is a biblical doctrine that we rarely hear preached or taught. Some don’t understand it. Others simply think it’s unattainable. This is due, in large part, to the fact that it deals with consecration and holiness. Sanctification is what God does in you and I, that shapes our character and conduct as Christians. Consequently, it’s an experience we should be desirous of as belivers. I would like us to have a deeper understanding of what sanctification is. Let’s consider some of the other definitions of sanctification.
What is Sanctification?
Sanctification is the Holy Spirit’s work of making us holy. In the book of 1 Corinthians 6:11, the scripture says, ” And such were some of you. But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” The Holy Spirit does his work in us by renewing us in the image of God. So that through his power, we will produce good works.
In furtherance, sanctification also has to do with separation and regeneration. The sanctified person or thing is first chosen, then separated. Therefore, sanctification, or being set apart, is subsequent to regeneration. Hence, you can’t talk about sanctification without emphasis on separation from evil, and dedication unto God. More so, it’s evident from the scriptures that sanctification necessitates a turning away from all that is sinful and defiling to both the body and soul. This should be exactly the goal of every Christian.
Some Attributes of a Sanctified Life
- A sanctified Christian exhibits the fruit of his or her relationship with God.
- You’re separated from this sinful world when you’re sanctified.
- A sanctified believer is dedicated to God.
Hence, God expects Christians who are sanctified to conserve the experience and daily live the sanctified life. Which calls us to exhibit temperance in all things. It calls us to evangelise. And to be the salt of the earth in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation – among whom we shine as lights. Sanctification helps us stay obedient to all of God’s commands because it’s never rebellious to the heavenly vision.
The truth is, we cease to be friends to the world the moment God does the work of sanctification in us. Instead, we will see ourselves putting on the armour of God daily. Always having our loins girth about with truth. And continually having the breastplate of righteousness and love on. Our feet too, shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Constantly taking the shield of faith, with the helmet of salvation. And always with the sword of the Spirit. (Ehpehsisans 6:13-17)
After sanctification, let’s also be mindful of the fact that we must, “Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”Jude 1:3B. And “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14. More so, I would like you to know that a sanctified life is watchful, prayerful and engages in in-depth study of the bible. These accelerate our spiritual progress and growth.
Finally, sanctification should be desired by every one of us who are members of the household of faith. It’s extremely important because that’s the pathway to becoming holy; without which no man shall see the Lord.