Tuesday, 1 April 2014

What is Sanctification?

Justification and sanctification are terms that get tossed about when discussing salvation. What are they? Are they different terms that describe the same thing? If not, how are they different?

Let's look at their definitions:

1.a reason, fact, circumstance, or explanation that justifies or defends: His insulting you was ample justification for you to leave the party.
2.an act of justifying: The painter's justification of his failure to finish on time didn't impress me.
3.the state of being justified.
4.Also called justification by faith. Theology . the act of God whereby humankind is made or accounted just, or free from guilt or penalty of sin (legal position of being set free of the legal obligation of debts).
actually the word being defined is "sanctify":
1.to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate.
2.to purify or free from sin: Sanctify your hearts.
3.to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding: to sanctify a vow.
4.to entitle to reverence or respect.
5.to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing.

So from this definition for the word "sanctify" we can establish that sanctification is a process of becoming sanctified (purified, made holy, set apart)
Still continuing on my Voddie Baucham binge, I happened across this wonderful sermon on the topic of sanctification. I tried to find it all in one piece, but could only find it given in three parts:

Sermon Audio also provides many of Voddie's sermons online in the audio format only. Enjoy!

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