Living the Christian Life Series part 2. 

Unit 6j Sanctification

The Application of the Principles and Precepts of Gods Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life .(If you have not looked at information on Principles look at Unit 4a first)  

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1. Assignment:  Look up all references given, and summarize them. Send in your summaries, and self test when finished, as well as any questions you may have. They will be evaluated and returned, with answers to question, and the next unit of the Family of God Bible Outlines on Biblical Christianity. Also include any other assignments you have completed


We must keep in mind that we were made to be in the image and likeness of God, therefore we are to take on His character and live by His standards, and not ours or the worlds.

Remember every true Biblical Doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God. See what you can learn of Godís hearts desire for you.

SANCTIFICATION. hagiazo, Greek 37, Strongís from Greek 40 (hagios); to make holy, i.e. (ceremony) purify or consecrate; (mentally) to venerate :- hallow, be holy, sanctify. Sanctification. involves more than a mere moral reformation of character, brought about by the power of the truth: it is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing the whole nature more and more under the influences of the new gracious principles implanted in the soul in regeneration. In other words, sanctification is the carrying on to perfection the work begun in regeneration, and it extends to the whole man ( Eastinís 1897 Bible Dictionary) Sanctification is a twofold process, in bringing the saved into a godly state of holiness.

It is a work of God. Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:" Jude 1:1  It is a work of the saved. "For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Leviticus 11:44

We will see Sanctification is an ongoing process effected by God, through faith, but requiring the operation of the free will of the saved, to set themselves apart to live holy lives, and serve the Lord. 2. Assignment: For the application of what you have studied in this unit. Determine how well you are cooperating with the Lord, in the process of sanctification.


Subject Table of Content

The principle and Precept of Sanctification

The origin of Sanctification

Faith is instrumental in securing Sanctification

Sanctification has three tenses

Remember our expanded responsibilities of Sanctification

The life giving principle of Sanctification

The Principle of Sanctification is holiness. "1 Peter 1:15-16 " 15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy

The Precept of Sanctification is being set apart [separation]. "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?   And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.  2 Cor. 6:14-1 8  

Consider: Ephes. 5:6-11 

THE ORIGIN OF SANCTIFICATION  is saintliness "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.  1 Pet. 1:15-16 [Conversation = behavior as well as word.] As my son Steve said in a sermon " Your walk talks more than your talk, talks" I have never forgotten it.

Consider: Peter 1:21-23; Ephes. 1:12; 2 Thes. 1:10  


Sanctification is achieved by the Work of God. . . .through Christ.  "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1 Cor. 1:30

Consider: Galatians 2:16  

Through the agency of His Word. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. . . . And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. John 17:17...19

Consider: 2 Thes. 2:13; James 1:21; 1 Peter 1:22-23  

Through the agency of the Holy Spirit. That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:16

Consider 1 Cor. 6:11; 1 Pet. 1: 2

Sanctification is instrumental in securing sanctification, in as much as it SECURES our union to Christ. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Gal. 2:20

Consider: Acts 26:18; Thes. 2:13

By an act of the free will to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. " For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  Romans 8:14


Consider: John 6:44; Ephes. 2:8-10 

The responsibilities of Sanctification.     Sanctification necessitates the cooperation of the saved. "And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled:  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:  If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;  Col. 1:20-23

Consider: Rom. 6:1-18; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; Hebrews 3:6


By an act of the free will to obedience to the Word of God. "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Eph.1:13

Consider: Romans 16:26; 1 Pet. 3:15


Sanctification has three tenses or states.

 1.  Past tense: at time of salvation; declared Sanctified in Christ, our Standing before God. " 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.  1 Cor. 6:11

Consider: Acts 26:18


Present tense: being Sanctified, perfect sanctification is not attainable in this life.

Our present state in this life. "And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?   For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;  And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:" Hebrews 12:5-14  

Consider: Rom. 7:14-26 Phil. 3:12-14 1 John 1:5-2:6

Future tense is fully Sanctified after the resurrection, our future eternal state.

"To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at he coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints."  1 Thes. 3:13   

Keep in mind our Responsibilities of Sanctification     


To God (personally) "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:15-16 

 To Others (neighbors)  "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: " 1 Pet. 3:15                         

 At Home (family) "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones." Ephes. 5:25-30

In the Local Church  (God's local family) "Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:" 1 Cor. 1:2

To Others in Christ everywhere (God's extended family). "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Ephes. 5:26-27   

To or in Government  (collectively or individually) " Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. "Proverbs 14:34   

Self Test: the Life Changing Principle of Sanctification  

These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life. Remember meditation on Godís Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing Things to Consider:

Q1 What is the Principle of sanctification?

Q2 What is the Precept of sanctification?

Q3 What is the Responsibility of sanctification?

Q4 Why does sanctification necessitate the cooperation of the saved?

Q5 What part has the free will free will in the process of sanctification?

Q6 In what way is Faith instrumental in securing sanctification

Q7 What security do we have being in the process of sanctification?

Q8 When does the process of sanctification start?

Q9 When does the  process of sanctification end?

You are now ready to study Unit 6k Christian Liberty     

 Now go do what is right in the eyes of the Lord and may your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28 " And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

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