WORD Nerd Wednesday – Sanctification

I’m thrilled to be joined around My Messy Desk today by my friend and fellow WORDNerd, Misty Keith.



sanctification – Comes from the Latin verb “sanctificare.” Sanctificare is derived from sanctus “holy” and facere “to make.” In its verbal form, the word is sanctify.

The Greek word translated “sanctification” (hagiasmos [aJgiasmov”]) means “holiness.” To sanctify, therefore, means “to make holy.

1. The literal meaning of sanctification is “to set apart” for special use or purpose, to make holy or sacred.

2. The act or process of acquiring sanctity.

3. A gift given through the power of the Holy Spirit, to a person that is considered sacred or set apart. (See regeneration and faith.)

4. The referral to a person becoming holy.

The word Sanctification appears in the Bible ten times, sanctified appears twenty-four times and sanctify appears nineteen times.

Sanctification is a word that can be further linked to regeneration, justification, grace and faith.

It is the process by which the Father dedicates His love and uses His Holy Spirit to apply the work of redemption to a person who puts their faith in Jesus Christ.

Sanctification is the process of setting sinners apart from sin and purifying them for God’s service or His call on a believer’s life.

Sanctification is in reference to the change brought about by God in a believer, it is begun at the point of salvation or justification and continues throughout the life of the believer.

Keep in mind that a person cannot sanctify them self. They must be made holy through God alone. God’s Spirit does the work of sanctification in the believer. He alone is holy. He is separate, distinct, other. We cannot share the holiness of God’s nature. Scripture is filled with the call to be holy as God is holy. Another word for a holy person is a saint. We are called to seek holiness even though we never reach the perfect holiness that God possess.

Sanctification can be associated with election and predestination. Romans 8:29 (NASB) says – “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

The concept of sanctification is tied closely to that of grace.

1 Peter 1:2 (NASB) says – according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.

Take a moment to further look at the bible verses referenced here: each one helps to bring greater meaning to the term sanctification. Choose one and comment about how it deepens your understanding of today’s word.

  • Romans 6:22 – “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.”
  • 1 Corinthians 6:11 – “…But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:3 – “For this is the will of God, your sanctification…”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23 – “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • Leviticus 11:44 – “…Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. …”
  • Matthew 5:48 – “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
  • James 1:4 – “And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
  • 1 Peter 1:15-16 – “…but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy…'”
  • Hebrews 10:22 – “let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

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9b18cd6f1ff79e53cd0df29a376b3361Hello, my name is Misty Ann. I am a daughter of the King of all Kings, wife to Richard, Mommy to Reagan (11 years), Kylee (8 years), and Karis Delaney (6 years).  I am a teacher by trade, an encourager and up-lifter by calling and a writer by practice. I enjoy being a friend to those who will have me.

I understood from early adulthood and beyond that I would never fit. The Lord helped me to realize that He called me to stand out and because of this, I am forever grateful and at peace with how He has made me and who He has made me to be.  

I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe.

    You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;

    Your works are wonderful;

I carry this knowledge deep within my soul. (Psalm 139:14 – The Voice)

Just A Little More About Me…..

My family and I live just outside the Austin, Texas area. I homeschool all three of my children and teach Reading for a private college in the Master’s/Credentialing program. I stay busy and enjoy the hobbies of Reading, Writing, Scrap-booking, Bible-Journaling and Running.

As a family, we attend Hill Country Bible Church. We enjoy traveling and take “family fieldtrips” often. All of life is an adventure and we are thankful for every life lesson that the Lord teaches us in the process.

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10 thoughts on “WORD Nerd Wednesday – Sanctification

  1. Great insight on the word ‘sanctification’ Misty! This is an often misunderstood word, and its place in scripture holds deep value for us:) Oh, and I’m a teacher and Texas girl too!

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