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KJV Dictionary Definition: sanctified
1. Made holy; consecrated; set apart for sacred services.
2. holy.1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification...

The Greek word translated "sanctification" (hagiasmos [aJgiasmov"]) means "holiness." To sanctify, therefore, means "to make holy." In one sense only God is holy (Isa 6:3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

There are two thinking's on sanctification: one is a COMPLETED work and the other is an EXPERIENCE and it is also progressive.

- 1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

- 1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ...

- John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

Sanctification is a experience and it is a growth day by day.

Example I knew I was going the right way, when I was filled with the spirit and Jesus in the room and His feet. Joe in other room when hand on my shoulder.

- Romans 12 (KJV) 1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, (1. GODS WORK) that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,(2,OUR WORKS) holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world:(3. SEPARATE) but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, (4. MIND OF CHRIST) that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (5. GOD’S WORD)
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; (6. HUMBLE) but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

I. Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

II. 2 Timothy 2:21 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.
  A. The day I was saved I was sanctified but I needed to grow, I needed to clean up my life.
  B. Example of school with teacher etc.

III. 1 John 2:15-17 (KJV) 15: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

IV. Philippians 2:5 (KJV5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
  A. Let the mind of the master be the master of your mind.

V. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

VI. 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.
  A. Be humble or you'll stumble.
  B. "They that know God will be humble," John Flavel has said, ' and they that know themselves cannot be proud."

At the village church in Kalonovka, Russia, attendance at Sunday school picked up after the priest started handing out candy to the peasant children. One of the most faithful was a pug-nosed, lad who recited his Scriptures with proper piety, pocketed his reward, then fled into the fields to munch on it. The priest took a liking to the boy, persuaded him to attend church school. This was preferable to doing household chores from which his devout parents excused him. By offering other inducements, the priest managed to teach the boy the four Gospels. In fact, he won a special prize for learning all four by heart and reciting them nonstop in church. Now, 60 years later, he still liked to recite Scriptures, but in a context that would horrify the old priest. For the prize pupil, who memorized so much of the Bible, was Nikita Khrushchev, the former Communist czar.

As this anecdote illustrates, the "why" behind memorization is fully as important as the "what." The same Nikita Khrushchev who nimbly mouthed God's Word when a child, later declared God to be nonexistent -- because his cosmonauts had not seen Him. Khrushchev memorized the Scriptures for the candy, the rewards, the bribes, rather than for the meaning it had for his life. Artificial motivation will produce artificial results.

I am not what I might be, I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I wish to be, I am not what I hope to be. But I thank God I am not what I once was, and I can say with the great apostle, "By the grace of God I am what I am.

God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades

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