The Sanctification Process

Bible Summary. Sanctification, being set aside for God’s use, is an endurance exercise where we are only able to continue because of our faith in God. Sanctification is a disciplined lifestyle, a soldier’s lifestyle. Sanctification is a process for overcoming unbelief in God. To be sanctified, we must guard ourselves and others from false doctrines that can subvert the faith. We must avoid profane language and avoid idle chatter. We must be aware that false teachers can cause conflict in our lives and lead us away from God. Finally to be sanctified, we must have a desire to be sanctified and set aside for God’s use. See below for Biblical commentary and scriptures concerning the sanctification process.

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Sanctification – Being A Soldier of God.

The Bible describes a sanctified person as a soldier in the army. Sanctification is a disciplined lifestyle, a soldier’s lifestyle. 2nd Timothy 2:4 advises us to please God by being a soldier for Christ.

2nd Timothy 2:4, “No man that wareth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

Sanctification – Endure in Faith and Do Not Backslide.

Sanctification, being set aside for God’s use, is an endurance exercise where we are only able to continue because of our faith in God. 2nd Timothy 2:12 us we reign with Christ as we suffer in Christ.

2nd Timothy 2:12, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him, if we deny him, he also will deny us:”

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Sanctification – Overcoming Unbelief.

Sanctification is a process for overcoming unbelief in God. Sanctification is also a process for putting our belief into action. 2nd Timothy 2:13 advises us how silly it is to deny God. Denying God does not mean He does not exist.

2nd Timothy 2:13, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself”

Sanctification – Avoid False Doctrines That Destroy the Faith.

As part of being sanctified and set aside for God’s use, we must guard ourselves and others from false doctrines that can subvert the faith. 2nd Timothy 2:14 advises us to beware of words and doctrines that do not line up with the Word of God.

2nd Timothy 2:14, “Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers,”

Sanctification – Avoid Profane and Vain Babbling.

Sanctification, to be set aside for God’s use, requires us to be purged of many things. One of those things is to avoid profane language and avoid idle chatter. 2nd Timothy 2:16 tells us to shun profane and vain babbling as it will lead us away from God.

2nd Timothy 2:16, “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”

Sanctification – Avoid False teachers and Seek God Directly.

We must be aware that false teachers can cause conflict in our lives and lead us away from God. 2nd Timothy 2:17 advises us that the words of a false teach can eat at us like a cancer.

2nd Timothy 2:17, “And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;”

Sanctification – Seek God’s Honor.

To be sanctified, we must have a desire to be sanctified and set aside for God’s use. We must have a desire in our heart to be honored by God. God loves us all, but He does not honor us all. 2nd Timothy 2:20 advises us that God has a choice on whether we be vessels of honor or dishonor.

2nd Timothy 2:20, “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.”