Definition of Sanctification

The dictionary defines the word ‘sanctify’ as:
1. To make sacred or holy; to set apart to a sacred office or to religious use or observance; to consecrate by appropriate rites.

2. To make free from sin; to cleanse from moral corruption and pollution; to purify.

A second definite work of grace; or baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Sanctification is part of the great plan of redemption although a definite work of itself.

Jesus prayed that His disciples might be sanctified and He died to make that experience possible.

John 17:17 , Hebrews 13:12

Sanctification is definitely a New Testament doctrine.

Ephesians 5:25-26 ,I Peter 1:2 a work of the Holy Spirit.

I Thessalonians 5:23-24 , II Timothy 2:21 

Sanctification finds its antitype in the Old Testament under Mosaic Law.

Hebrews 10:1, Hebrews 8:1-5, Hebrews 9:1-9

The tabernacle consisted of two compartments surrounded by an outer court.

The outer court contained an altar and laver of water. 

The two compartments of the tabernacle were known as the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies.

The Holy Place contained the table of shewbread, the golden candlestick, and the altar of incense.

The blood had to be applied to the Brazen Altar and to the Golden Altar. This symbolizes two definite works of grace. 

In the Holy of Holies was the Ark of the Covenant containing the tables of stone along with other sacred items.

The two sections were separated by a very costly veil.

The priests ministered in the Holy Place, but into the Holy of Holies the high priest entered alone once a year.(Atonement Day)

While the priests could not minister in the Holy of Holies, the death of Christ rent the veil and made it possible for man to enjoy a two-fold experience. Mark 5:37,38,  Hebrews 10:19-22 

Sanctification admits one into the Holy of Holies where the laws of God are written on the heart, not on tables of stone. Hebrews 10:14-16 

Today, God does not dwell in a literal tabernacle, temple, or sanctuary but in the hearts of His sanctified saints.

The two-fold nature of sin makes a second definite work of grace necessary.

1. Willful transgressions or sins that must be forgiven.
Romans 3:23, I John 3:4, James 4:17

2. Inherent sin or Adamic sin, original sin, the carnal nature of the heart inherited from Adam. Genesis 8:21, Psalms 51:5, Romans 7:7-9 

Little children often times manifest this carnality before they come to an age of accountability while they are yet innocent before God. Sometimes this carnality is manifested in saved people before they are sanctified.
I Corinthians 3:1-3 

Sanctification, or the baptism of the Holy Ghost purges this carnalityJohn 15:2, Acts 15:8-9

The disciples of Christ were saved men yet they needed the experience of sanctification or the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus testified that His disciples were saved men. 
Luke 10:20,  John 17:14

Yet, there were several occasions that proved their need of a second work of grace. (By manifesting a desire for preeminence and exhibition of enmity.)
Mark 9:34, Matthew 20:20-24

Examples of the Holy Spirit baptism.
John 14:17 

The apostles themselves received the experience of sanctification on the day of Pentecost. Acts 2

New converts in Samaria received the Holy Spirit.
Acts 8:5-12

They believed and were water baptized. They were saved yet they needed sanctified. Acts 8:14-16 

The household of Cornelius received the Holy Spirit following their conversion. Acts 10

The disciples at Ephesus had no knowledge of the Holy Spirit before Paul came. Acts 19:1-6

Conditions for receiving the Holy Spirit.

Only those who have been born-again are qualified to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  John 14:17, John 15:2-3

A complete unconditional surrender of self to God without any reservations followed by earnest desire and fervent prayer for the infilling of the Holy Spirit must be made.
Romans 12:1-2

Negative work of the Holy Spirit is: 

To sanctify. Romans 15:16

To purge. Matthew 3:11

To purify. Acts 15:8-9

The positive work of the Holy Spirit is:

To give power.  Acts 1:8

To guide. John 16:13 

To comfort.  John 14:16-17

To teach. John 14:26 

To increase spiritual fruit.  John 15:2, Galatians 5:22-23 

To unify God’s people.  John 17:20-23 , Acts 4:31-32 

And to fit one for service. Luke 24:49, II Timothy 2:21 

The evidence of the Holy Spirit is found in Himself. It does not depend on any certain emotional reaction. Romans 8:16

The greatest evidence of the Holy Spirit is a holy life.
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