Christians, what does "sanctified" mean, in the context of Christianity?

I have heard the word in church a number of times, but I'm not sure what it means within the context of Christianity. How is it significant? Where in the Bible does it come from?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    In the context of Christianity, it means to set apart as holy. People become sanctified by God when he pardons them for their sin and anoints them with the Holy Spirit. From that point on, they are set apart as chosen vessels to be used by the Holy Spirit for God's glory.

    When people are justified before God (due to what Jesus did applying to them, in terms of forgiveness) they begin the process of sanctification, because it's not just a once in a lifetime thing. Christians were sanctified at their conversion, they are sanctified (in an on-going sense) and they will finally receive sanctification in heaven.

    Several good Bible verses have already been given. Try also John 17:19, Acts 20:32, 26:18, Romans 15:16, 1 Corinthians 1:2, 6:11, 7:14, 1 Thessalonians 4:3 and Hebrews 10:29.

  • 9 years ago

    Sanctified = made holy , blameless.

    1 Thessalonians 5:23, and other places throughout the Bible.

  • elyon
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    It means to be "set apart" for a particular use, the way you would set aside a set of fine china to be used on special occasions only.

    Gen 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

    1Cr 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption

    Hbr 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

  • 9 years ago

    Something that's sanctified is something that has been set apart for holy use, or something that has been purified or made holy.

    For example, there are items that are used during a Mass such as the chalice. You would never use the chalice for a regular meal, it has been set apart for the Mass only. Or, in regards to people, when we are baptized as Christians all our sins are washed away and we are purified/made holy, we are also set apart for God's use.

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  • 9 years ago

    It means set apart. Salvation is instant, and sanctification is continual. We are becoming sanctified (set apart) as we grow in Christ. There are things that are sanctified(set apart) like a church building. Even though it isn't holy, it is set apart for worshiping God. But for us to set ourselves apart from the things of the world and be set apart unto Christ is a continual thing.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Actually - different churches use the word differently.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sanctified

    Some mean specifically "Holy Ghost led" or "Holy Ghost filled" - often referring to Pentecostalism or some other kharismatic form of worship.

    Jim, http://www.bible-reviews.com/

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    righteous and holy, perfected through Christ. as some have said, it is the ongoing process of making us holy like our Lord.

  • 9 years ago

    Freed from sin.

  • 9 years ago

    I know It's a kick @ss Nine Inch Nails song written about Tori Amos.

  • 9 years ago

    it's like "Testify!" but without the uber-cool James Brown-esque delivery

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