1 Thessalonians 4:3

March 25, 2017

by Andres C. Guevara Jr.


 Sanctification is basically holiness.  Sanctification and Holiness are the same.


I- The Meaning of Sanctification – your character is changed. It is the work of the Holy Spirit

The Basic meaning of Sanctification is separation.

The Bible meaning of Sanctification is to be set apart by God, for God, from Sin, unto a holy life. (The Bible speaks about sanctifying…Tabernacle-- Exodus 40:9-11; Numbers 8:17)


Look in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4:

Sanctification is something that affects the vessel [v.4]

Sanctification is something to which God has called us [v.7]

Sanctification is the will of God [v.3]


II- The Author of Sanctification:  The Trinity

1)    By God - I Thessalonians 5:23-24

2)    By God the Son - Ephesians 5:26 (He-Christ, verse 25)

3)    By God the Holy Spirit - II Thessalonians 2:13  


III- The Results of Sanctification:  It is a three part process

1.) Past –Instantaneous.  We are sanctified when we are saved.– Hebrews 10:10, 14; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11;

                                                                                                                     1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Thessalonians 2:13.

2.) Present – Progressive. We have to be sanctified now, and that is what we often forget. We think that since we are secure, though we are not perfect, and since we are going to get a glorified body anyway then we can just go on like we always have and God understands but not so. We need to be sanctified daily- Romans 6:22. Sanctification is progressive—James 1:22-25, the Word is a mirror that shows you your need to change.  We need holiness. Sanctification is the fruit of a justified life. In 1 Peter 3:15 it says, “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts.” And in Hebrews 12:14 it says “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”

3.) Future – We are completely and finally sanctified at the rapture when we get our glorified bodies – 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Thessalonians 3:13. In Romans 8:29 it says “to be conformed to the image of His Son” until He comes we shall be like Jesus- 1 John 3:2.


IV- The Means of sanctification in a believer’s life is:

1. By the Spirit of God – 2 Thessalonians 2:13

2. By the Word of God – John 17:17; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Psalms 119:9 – the HOLY Bible – it points out sin

3. By the Blood – Hebrews 13:12 – it cleanses the sin revealed by the word

4. By the chastisement of God – Hebrews 12:10

5. By Yielding to God – Romans 6:19, 22

6. By Separation from evil – 2 Timothy 2:16-22; Psalms 4:3; 2 Chronicles 29:5, 15-18

         Separation unto God—Leviticus 27:16

7. By Cleansing ourselves – 2 Corinthians 7:1


Sanctification involves separation from evil and separation to God – so, you must maintain your fellowship with God.