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Two Definitions of Sin:

1.    Anything short of the absolute perfection of God

2.    A willful transgression against the known law of God.


sanc•ti•fy \-ˌfī\ vt

-fied; -fy•ing [ME seintefien, sanctifien, fr. AF seintefier, sanctifier, fr. LL sanctificare, fr. L sanctus sacred — more at saint] 14c

1           to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use consecrate

2           to free from sin purify

3     a      to impart or impute sacredness, inviolability, or respect to

     b      to give moral or social sanction to

4           to make productive of holiness or piety 〈observe the day of the sabbath, to sanctify it —Deut 5:12(DV)〉


6942 qâdâsh (46), to be, make clean

37 hagiazō (16), to purify

The ESV English-Greek Reverse Interlinear New Testament

ἁγιάζω (17)

Verb, aorist, active, imperative    Sanctify
John 17:17    Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

Verb, aorist, active, optative


1 Thess 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.

Verb, aorist, active, subjunctive

sanctify (2)

Eph 5:26    that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
Heb 13:12    So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood.

Verb, aorist, passive, indicative

sanctified (2)

1 Cor 6:11    And such were some of you. 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.
Heb 10:29    How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?

Verb, perfect, middle, nominative


John 17:19    And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Verb, perfect, passive, dative

sanctified (3)

Acts 20:32    And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Acts 26:18    to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith • in me.’
1 Cor 1:2    To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

Verb, perfect, passive, nominative

sanctified (3)

John 17:19    And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.
Rom 15:16    to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Heb 10:10    And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Verb, present, active, nominative


Heb 2:11    • For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why * he is not ashamed to call them brothers,

Verb, present, active, indicative


Heb 9:13    For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh,

Verb, present, passive, accusative


Heb 10:14    For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

Verb, present, passive, nominative


Heb 2:11    • For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why * he is not ashamed to call them brothers,

4. (5:23-24) Believers, Duty: the results of proper behavior. If a believer will behave properly—if a person will follow the exhortations given in this passage—he will experience four things.

1.  The believer experiences the presence of the God of peace: peace means to be bound, joined, and weaved together. Only God can bind, join, and weave a person together. Only God can bring peace to a person's soul—the kind of peace that brings absolute assurance, confidence, and security to a person's heart. And note: God possesses so much peace and is so ready to give peace that He is called the God of peace. (See note, Peace—§1 Thes. 1:1 for more discussion.)

"Now the God of peace be with you all" (Romans 15:33).

"And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you" (Romans 16:20).

"Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you" (2 Cor. 13:11).

"Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you" (Phil. 4:9).

"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thes. 5:23).

"Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant" (Hebrews 13:20).

2.  The believer experiences sanctification: the word sanctification means to be set apart and separated to God. The believer who follows the exhortations of this passage is greatly blessed by God: God takes the person and sets him apart unto Himself. The person is very special to God; therefore God gives him a special relationship with Himself. And note the word "wholly": the believer is wholly set apart to God, under God's special care, protection, and provision.

"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" (John 17:17).

"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).

"If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work" (2 Tim. 2:21).

"Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate" (Hebrews 13:12).

"Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied" (1 Peter 1:2).

3.  The believer has his spirit, soul, and body preserved blameless in the day of judgment. This is the idea of the Greek text. The word "unto" (en) should be translated in. That is, in that day when the Lord returns, the believer will be preserved blameless. He will be acceptable to God and receive a full reward. Note the three parts of man spelled out: spirit, soul, and body. The idea is that the whole man will be preserved—his body and soul as well as his spirit. Believers are not to be some ghost-like figure or some formless spirit. They are to have their bodies and souls resurrected and preserved forever. The whole person—the whole spirit, soul, and body—will live eternally with God. But note: only if the believer follows the exhortations of the Scripture.

"That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world" (Phil. 2:15).

"In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight" (Col. 1:22).

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

"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thes. 5:23).

"Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless" (2 Peter 3:14).

— Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary

   HOLINESS     1598

Click On These Verses To Dig For Your Answers

Exodus 19:6

Leviticus 11:45

Leviticus 19:2

1 Chronicles 16:29

Luke 1:74-75

2 Corinthians 7:1

Ephesians 4:24

Hebrews 12:14

1 Peter 1:16

2 Peter 3:11

Topical Theme

These verses are about being holy. God wants you to be holy. Holy doesn't mean fancy. It means totally committed to pleasing God. Go for it!

1 Chronicles 16:29b (KJV)  worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

Luke 1:73-75 (NIV)

73     the oath he swore to our father Abraham:

74     to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,

and to enable us to serve him without fear

75     in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)

Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Hebrews 12:14 (NIV)

14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

1 Peter 1:13-16 (NIV)

Be Holy

13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

2 Peter 3:11-12 (NIV)

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.

2230 Moody’s Experience

One day in New York—what a day! I can’t describe it! I seldom refer to it! It is almost too sacred to name! I can only say God revealed Himself to me! I had such an experience of love that I had to ask Him to stay His hand! I went to preaching again. The sermons were no different. I did not present any new truth. Yet hundreds were converted. I would not be back where I was before that blessed experience.

—Dwight L. Moody

2231 Fill Us!

“This the secret of the holy,

Not our holiness, but HIM:

Jesus! empty us and fill us

With Thy fullness to the brim.”

2232 Greatest Unused Power

An American with an English gentleman was viewing the Niagara whirlpool rapids, when he said to his friend: “Come, and I’ll show you the greatest unused power in the world.” And taking him to the foot of Niagara Falls, “there,” he said, “is the greatest unused power in the world!” “Ah, no my brother, not so!” was the reply. “The greatest unused power in the world is the Holy Spirit of the living God.

—A. J. Gordon

2233 Filling Is Answer

Paul tells us to live victoriously and to avoid excesses of the flesh. Moody once illustrated this truth as follows: “Tell me,” he said to his audience, “How can I get the air out of this glass?” One man said, “Suck it out with a pump.” Moody replied, “That would create a vacuum and shatter the glass.” After many impossible suggestions, Moody smiled, picked up a pitcher of water, and filled the glass. “There,” he said, “all the air is now removed.” He then went on to show that victory in the Christian life is not by “sucking out a sin here and there,” but rather by being filled with the Spirit.



[1]Tan, P. L. (1996, c1979). Encyclopedia of 7700 illustrations : A treasury of illustrations, anecdotes, facts and quotations for pastors, teachers and Christian workers. Garland TX: Bible Communications.

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