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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 6745 sanctification, nature and basis of
6745 sanctification, nature and basis of

6745 sanctification, nature and basis of

The process of renewal and consecration by which believers are made holy through the work of the Holy Spirit. Sanctification is the consequence of justification and is dependent upon a person being in a right relationship with God.

Sanctification is grounded in the holiness of God

God is holy Eze 39:7 See also Lev 22:32; Jos 24:19; Ps 30:4; Hos 11:9; Isa 6:3; Rev 6:10

God demands that his people should reflect his holiness Lev 19:2 See also Lev 11:44-45; Lev 20:7-8; Heb 2:11; 1Pe 1:15-16

Sanctification is the will of God for his people 1Th 4:3 See also Eph 1:4; Eph 2:10; 2Th 2:13; 1Pe 1:1-2

The basis for sanctification

God’s election of his people 1Co 1:2; Eph 1:4-11; 1Th 5:9

The atoning death of Jesus Christ Heb 13:12 See also Ro 6:11; Ro 7:4; Ro 8:2; 1Co 1:30; 1Co 6:11; Eph 5:25-27; Heb 10:10-14; 1Pe 2:5

The grace of God Lk 1:69-75; Php 2:13; 2Ti 1:9; Heb 12:10

The work of the Holy Spirit Ro 15:16; 2Th 2:13; 1Pe 1:2

The word of God Jn 17:17; Eph 5:25-26; 2Ti 3:16

The need for sanctification

The universal sinfulness of humanity Isa 64:6 See also Job 15:14-15; Ps 51:5; Ro 5:12-19; Eph 2:3

Enslavement to evil can only be broken through the death of Jesus Christ Jn 8:34-36 See also Ro 6:16-18; Ro 8:5-7; Eph 4:17-24

The need for renewal and growth 2Pe 3:18 See also Ro 12:1-2; Col 1:10; 1Th 4:3-6; Heb 6:1-3

The nature of sanctification

A process which has already been initiated 1Co 1:2; 1Co 6:11

A process of growth in holiness Ro 12:1-3; 2Co 3:18; Eph 4:15; 1Th 4:3-7; Heb 12:14; 1Pe 2:1-3; 2Pe 3:18

Consecration to God Ex 32:29; 1Ch 29:5; Pr 23:26; Ro 12:1

See also

1065God, holiness of
4018life, spiritual
6670grace & Holy Spirit

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