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Are Christians Sanctified

Are Christians sanctified, or in the process of being sanctified? Or do both apply, and how so?

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Sanctification means a setting aside to be used by God. Taken out of the world. Made holy.This is a process on the christian's part. God does not do everything for us. This is part of our free will. If we desire to live for Christ and to do His will and not desire ours, then we begin to be sanctified. God can use christians who have truly been born again and choose to follow Him. Until we fully surrender to Christ,we are not sanctified.
---Robyn on 1/24/11

Kathr4453--- I would say we are justified when we come to faith in Jesus as our Savior. God sees us as righteous since Christ's righteousness is then imputed to us.

Sanctification is, yes, a process. Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed (Latin- transformare,to change or "mold" into shape). by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

On other blogs you have asked:
"will MarkV rebuke YOUR whosoever will belief?" and
"Donna66,... take a stand and rebuke leej, markv and christan"?
Please no more!
Among the things God hates
Prv 6:16 are
Pro 6:19b and he that soweth discord among brethren.
---Donna66 on 12/12/10

Sanctification is completely different than Justification.

Sanctification is actually our inheritance IN CHRIST.

In otherwords it is the very Riches of Christ in you.

Maybe the answer is yes, we are Sanctified once and for all through the body of Christ, and yes, we are now in the Process of learning what those Riches we have in Christ. That takes a lifetime and even our lifetime here can't reveal all we are In Christ.
---kathr4453 on 12/11/10

Ephesians 2:8-9, For by grace are ye saued through faith, and that not of your selues: it is the gift of God, Not of workes, lest any man should boast himselfe.

Does "and that not of your selues" in Ephesians 2:8-9 include...

Your works?

Your merits?

Your power?

Your free will?

As a very good Christian man wrote,

Christ's works only
---Kev on 12/9/10

Sanctification is NOT a process that flesh and blood can obtain. So forget about sinning less and less to obtain it. It is your gift. HE took away your sin. You are set free from sin. We are the saints of God.
---duane on 10/23/10


that is rightly dividing (handling) the truth...gestation, birth, growth, maturity.

Many assume that "born again" comes when the seed is planted. however, the parable of the seed and sower illustrates that this is not true. "born again" comes when there is delivery. Then, and only then, the HS fills you.

The new sinner's prayer: Lord God, I have no idea who you really are. But, let the small things that I do know now grow in me. Do not let foolish enthusiasm or cares of others kill what you have shown me so far. Remember me...Deliver me...Fill me with youR Spirit. I pray this in the authority of your Son, Jesus, my Savior.
---aka on 10/20/10

Gestation: 1Cor 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.
People hear the Word, some respond faster than others.
Birth: John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Once a person receives the HS, they are born again.
Growth: 1Pet 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Maturity: Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
---micha9344 on 10/19/10

//Gestation takes 9 months.

It is in the rebirth of the believer that one is placed in the body of Christ positional and is sealed unto eternity by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Spiritual growth to maturity does take time. And that is basically what we find in the doctrine of sanctification.
---leej on 10/15/10


you summed what we are both saying very well. i have to go to work, and i hope i get a chance to add a little.

but, that will have to wait until after work and lovin on the kids.

Have a good and blessed day!
---aka on 10/15/10


Gestation takes 9 months. Labor takes hours. Delivery takes minutes. None of these is instantaneous (although we may like to fix a "time of birth" to a particular instant, for convenience).
---StrongAxe on 10/15/10

aka -- I wasn't trying to twist your words or disagree with you. I understand what you meant.
Strong axe --as a woman, I know how long labor and delivery can last. But I think you both miss MY point.

Birth involves a process, yes. But it is an event. There is a specific time and place where birth takes place. Thus we have birth certificates, celebrate Birthdays and specify the age when a person is allowed certain rites of passage.

Birth is to maturity... much as the new birth is to sanctification. The birth, physical or spiritual, is only beginning point.
Maturity and sanctification occur over years
and may develop unevenly. They are easy to define, but not so easily measured.
---Donna66 on 10/15/10

Donna66, please do not twist my words to make your point. I did not say when there is conception, there is birth. I did say that in order to be born there must be a birthing process starting at conception. In juxtaposition, Jesus described the process of delivery or being born again in the parable of the sower in the seed.

in order for a human to be born once requires a nine month process. Jesus said you must be born again. doesn't it make sense that delivery is not the first step of being born again?
---aka on 10/14/10

//Even birth is not an instantaneous event, but can take a long time, sometimes more than 24 hours.


Is not the new birth an event in which the believer in Christ is filled with the Holy Spirit? Romans 8:9

Many of us can recall the day or night when Christ first came into our lives. We remember the indescribable joy and the re-direction that occurred in our lives.

2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come.

Sanctification - the process of growing in Christ does take much longer and really is a life-time experience.
---leej on 10/14/10


Even birth is not an instantaneous event, but can take a long time, sometimes more than 24 hours. Any woman who has ever been in labor and given birth is all too painfully aware of this, and I'm sure that most women would rather that birth were instantaneous.
---StrongAxe on 10/14/10

Sanctification is the act of setting something aside for a specific purpose. In salvation the individual is set aside by God to do the specific purpose of bringing him glory. The jobs he gives us to accomplish this are many and are different in different people. Sanctification is an on going process also. Each day we are called to do his will for that day, it may be to continue yesterdays word or something entirely different.
When at the end of life we are called home to be with him sanctification is complete and what we have then is glorification.
---Harold on 10/14/10

aka -- In the real world, a person is not born (physically) over time. When they are conceived, they are not "born". In the uterus they are not "born", though they undergo development readying them for birth. When a baby actually passes through the birth canal and takes a breath, the time is recorded as "time of birth".

People don't keep scrupulous records of spiritual birth, but it is a definite event.
Whereas sanctification is a life long process that never ends until a person dies.
---Donna66 on 10/13/10

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//Actually "born again" is a translation of a single Greek word, "anagennisis" or something similar.//

born (gennao) again (anothen)[accents over the o's]

but, "anagennisis" is fine with me. the number of words is not important. the conceptual parallel between being "born" and "born again" is what is important.
---aka on 10/13/10

\\What is the root of 'born again'? what is the operative word?\\

Actually "born again" is a translation of a single Greek word, "anagennisis" or something similar.
---Cluny on 10/13/10

//I think you would agree that being "born again" an event rather than a process. //

What is the root of 'born again'? what is the operative word?

If you believe birth is the stork delivering a baby from baby land, then it is an event.

However, in the real world, to be born requires a process: planting the seed, nurturing and protecting the new life, then the delivery.

to be born again requires a process the parable of the sower and the seed.

Putting the delivery first without consideration of the process will lead many to be spurned by Jesus.
---aka on 10/9/10

\\ We can be born again and not be sanctified or holy.\\

God's got all eternity to sanctify us--or make us holy, if you'd rather--if we just let Him.

It's a process that begins in this life, and continues in the world to come, and as only God is perfectly holy, we never get to the end of it!
---Cluny on 10/8/10

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Robyn -- Did you mean to say that being "born again" is a process? I think you would agree that being "born again" an event rather than a process. Can anyone be "partly" born again?

On the other hand sanctification (in my view) takes place over years, usually. Most Christians that I know, could actually be called "partly" sanctified, though nobody expresses it that way.
---Donna66 on 10/8/10

Sanctification is a process just like being born again. We can be born again and not be sanctified or holy. This is what a lot of christians try to do. They say a prayer to get right with Christ and then stop, at that point. But we must progress beyond that point. We must continue in order to become sanctified and holy. Joining a church, Study/learning/living God's Word. Being obedient to God. These type things will begin to shape us into sanctified and holy believers. It is a process that we all must go through. Some progress quicker than others.
---Robyn on 10/8/10

when god saves you, he set you free from all the sin in the world. if god is really in you heart he will surely sanctify you so that you will not act, look, or dress like the world.
---tiffany on 10/8/10


There are many non-Christians whose righteousness (I am not saying santification here) puts that of many believers to shame. This is why Paul wrote:

Romans 2:24
"For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written"

Also, hell was NOT orginally created as a place to punish unbelieves, but rather for Satan and the other angels that rebelled against God:

Matthew 25:41
"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels"
---StrongAxe on 10/8/10

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1Co 6:11 ...But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

we are sanctified in Jesus...state of being

we are sanctified by the Holy Spirit...result of the process involved in being in the state
---aka on 10/7/10

Sanctification happens when you completely surrender your live to Jesus and you experience a complete change from your past and starts a new life in Christ, That is imitating Him, changing into His likeness, following His footsteps, seeking His will and finally He takes over your life. Off course, sanctification does not happens automatically when you surrender at an altar call or someone praying for you or baptises you. It is a new way of life which you will work towards by changing your way of doing things and from your former way of thinking. If this is a daily life of a person everyday prayfully, appreciating what Jesus did for you on the cross. the old life vanishes and the new life in Christ takes over.
---Olive on 10/6/10

Sanctication of the Christian is a process.

The moment you repent of your sin and give your life to Jesus, you are sinless in the eyes of God because of Christ's sacrifice for you.
But if you think that thereafter you will not, cannot, fool no one but yourself. If you doubt it, ask anyone close to you who cares enough to be honest.

The Christian life has as it's purpose the sanctification of believers... and the Bible is filled with their stories to help us learn.

Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
---Donna66 on 10/6/10

Sanctification is a process, a life-long one and even continues if we make it into heaven.

It's made of decisions, doing the right thing, choosing not to deliberately sin. Choosing to forgive your enemies. Turn the other cheek, choosing not to repay evil for evil.

Worshipping Father God, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit in Spirit and Truth.

Learning from our mistakes. Forgiving those who have wronged us. Ignore the persecution and maturing onto growing in the knowledge of Him, Jesus Our Lord and Savior.
---Donna5535 on 10/6/10

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\\A true Christian is 100% sanctified, that is holy: and sinners are 100% carnal, that is unholy. \\

The Apostle John said, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth [Jesus] is NOT IN US!"

And Jesus Himself said that to desire to commit sin is the same as committing it, such as looking at a woman with lust.

What are we to say about someone who claims to be sanctified, yet boasts on line that he can imagine God telling him to commit homicide, and he would do so?
---Cluny on 10/6/10

A true Christian is 100% sanctified, that is holy: and sinners are 100% carnal, that is unholy. And this is why Jesus created a heaven and a hell, one place is for the saints and the other place is for the sinners.
---Eloy on 10/6/10

Walking in obedience give a christian sanctification. It is when the Holy Spirit comes inside of you and purge you. This purging change you from who you were before into what God want you to be. If Christians doesn't submit to Jesus Christ and walk in obedience then this important part of their lives will not happen. John 14, 15, 16 tell us about the Holy Spirit. Make sure your bible is KJV. Hugs
---Faith_Building_Minis on 10/5/10

We're all works in progress--even in the next world, because we NEVER approach the level of perfection and holiness of God.
---Cluny on 10/5/10

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