What the Bible Teaches about Sanctification

Matthew 21:12-17

Sometimes we find ourselves caught using terms that we really don’t understand but they are what are being used by the culture we find ourselves in, so we adopt them into our vocabulary without adopting them into our understanding. The opposite can also happen when it comes to certain words. Some words used in certain settings are no longer used and so they lose meaning or understanding by many who simply have never heard the word used. We can illustrate this from the common vernacular of the secular youth culture in their use of the word “tight.” Tight to me means restricting, binding, uncomfortable. But too many of another generation and cultural understanding tight means cool, nice, and stylish. The same word used by two different generations yet having two different meanings and used two different ways. In my generation the word was “groovy.” And you know what; the generation that precedes mine didn’t get that word either. Sometimes that happens in the church as well, but it comes from the idea that we assume everyone knows what words like salvation, new birth, and sanctification means but much of the time many in the church don’t really have a clear understanding of these words. Sanctification is one of those words that maybe gets thrown out occasionally, but too few understands what it means. It could be understood as transformation. So let’s look at it briefly and maybe this will inspire you to study the concept further in scripture.

What does sanctification mean? To set apart! Yes, that is what it means but what is the process for setting apart? The process is cleansing.

The sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is to cleanse and set apart for God’s purpose. Matthew 21:12-17 is the best example of the cleansing process of God setting apart for His purpose.

Reflection Time: How has God’s cleansing process worked in your life? Can you look back and see those moments that God was cleansing you from something in your life?

Snap shots of Jesus that we are comfortable with and that we like to look at: