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Sanctification is the process of salvation from the power of sin.

To "sanctify" means to "be holy", "consecrate", or "to separate and devote to God".

"Be holy" places a focus on God and the realm that He exists in. As God is holy, His name is Holy and all that comes to His realm must be holy. All that belongs to God's realm or comes in contact with it must be sanctified; it all of those things that God separates and devotes to Himself that become holy: time, space, objects and people.

Most people understand sanctification as "Christian living."

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The focus of sanctification is largely on principles and character one should live by.

It often answers the question, "What would Jesus do?" in various situations in life.

But if the process of sanctifying oneself is simply a code of ethics, Christian ethics would not be any different from any other religious or philosophical ethics.

Because God demands that we be holy because He is holy, Christian ethics places a demand for holiness. This significant point was neglected by the Jews in their approach to the Law of Moses and contributed to their failure.

An ethic is not good simply for its goodness; it is good, because it makes one holy.

To sanctify oneself is to live by an ethic demanded by God; it is a life lived recognizing the privilege of being a child of God and the grace by which that privilege is extended.

For deeper study:

What did sanctification mean in the Old Testament?

Series: The Doctrine on Salvation

Series: The Doctrine on Salvation
How Does God Sanctify?

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