Author: Ron Graham
Word family: Sanctification, sanctify, sanctity, saint.
Synonyms: Holiness, dedication
Greek References: hagiasmos 38 (Strong) cf 37-42
Related ideas: fellowship, purification, blood, priesthood, Holy Spirit
Definitions: Sanctification is being made holy, purified and set apart for God's special use or purpose.
Scripture:Sanctified through the Spirit by faith and obedience
Comment: Sanctification or holiness is what makes people saints —a Bible term for Christians, God's holy or sanctified people. Saints enjoy purification from evil, separateness (but not isolation) from the world, fellowship with all other saints, and enlightenment from God. What's more, they enjoy this sanctification from the moment they become Christians. It's not a "second blessing" for which they must wait.