1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sanctification is a word that often confuses people of faith. It’s often either misunderstood or absent from the believer’s vocabulary. But it is an important part of our salvation and we need to understand it. So what does it mean to be sanctified?
In the case of a Christian it means to be set a part for God, to be separated from the world, unbelief, and sin. Because we are justified by our faith in Jesus we are also sanctified. In one sense sanctification is something that happens instantly, at the moment of salvation. But in another sense sanctification is an ongoing process in the believer’s life.
When you are saved the Holy Spirit begins a work of sanctification in you that continues for the rest of your life. As a saved believer who is living out your faith on a daily basis the Holy Spirit will guide you to be separated from your sin and become more and more Christ-like. The sanctifying work of the Spirit within you will lead you into a life of submissive obedience to the Word of God and a life of increasing holiness.
But understand this. You are now living in daily conflict. The sanctifying power of the Spirit within you is in constant battle with the sin of your flesh. No person is sinless, but through the power of the Spirit working in you, you will sin less, and less, and less…until that day when you are completely sanctified.
Have a God Filled Week,