Sanctification means to be set apart for particular use in a special purpose or work and to make holy or sacred.
In the biblical concept, sanctification is the process of being set apart for a particular special purpose, and it is the process of being made holy and sacred. We are set apart for God and He makes us Holy and sacred.
In the Old Testament, God had vessels that were set apart for Him that the priests used in their service and ministry to God. In the New Testament however, we are God’s vessels, set apart for special purpose in the Kingdom of God.
Sanctification is a process that begins from the day you receive salvation. It’s on that day that the process of making us Holy and setting us apart for the Kingdom of God in the world we live in (John 17:16-17). We are sanctified by the word of God and the blood of Jesus. Every word we hear in our journey of Christianity sets us more and more apart. It makes us more and more like Christ in character and lifestyle. It is important to note that it is not something that happens overnight like salvation. When we are saved, we receive Jesus, we are born again into the Kingdom of God, and however we still have to be changed into an image of Christ (Philippians 1:6). Our minds have to think like Christ does, we walk into a journey of being changed completely. This is called sanctification, a practical progressive process of being changed into being more like Christ.
Salvation changed our nature but we need to grow into Christlikeness, becoming more like Christ daily. Sanctification separates us from the world and transforms us into Christlikeness. It brings you into a blameless place, into a holy place till Jesus comes.
1st Thessalonians 5:23, May the God of peace sanctify you completely so that your whole spirit, soul and body becomes blameless till the coming of Christ.
How does one get sanctified?
- Understand that Jesus is our sanctifier.
- He sanctifies us through the truth, the word of God. John 17:16-17. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth [set them apart for Your purposes, make them holy]; Your word is truth. AMP. Unless we hear the word, read it and spend time meditating and acting on the word we will not be
- Finally understand that it is a gradual process. Becoming more like Christ and being set apart for His purposes in a process that will take place continually till Christ comes. Apostle Paul puts it best in his letter to the Philippine church when he says in Philippians 1:6, I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]. Amp