The story so far...
Today we are continuing in our series of looking at difficult Church words that get used a lot, and never explained. Today – Sanctification.
The root word of sanctification gives us the idea of ‘set-apart’ or ‘consecrate’. This is actually close to the idea of justification (from last week), but in Church usage sanctification has come to mean “the process of being made holy” that follows on from justification.
What's the Point?
What is the reason for Sanctification? What does it require from us? What words are use to describe believers in relation to God? What do they tell us about God, ourselves and others?
This is sanctification, as the result of justification, by Christ’s reconciliation. To use the metaphor from John 15: Jesus the vine, or the plant, by justifying us makes us the branches and it is by it that may bear the fruit of sanctification.