Torrey - Man -8.1- What does Sanctificaiton mean?


I. WHAT DOES "SANCTIFICATION" MEAN? FIRST MEANING: Leviticus 27:14,16 — -"And when a man shall sanctify his house to be holy unto the LORD, then the priest shall estimate it, whether it be good or bad: as the priest shall esteem it, so shall it stand .... And if a man shall sanctify unto the LORD some part of a field of his possession, then thy estimation shall be according to the seed thereof; a homer of barley seed shall be valued at fifty shekels of silver." Numbers 8:17 — "For all the firstborn of the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself." 2 Chronicles 7:16 — "For now have I chosen and sanctified his house, that my name may be there forever: and mine eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually." Jeremiah 1:5 — "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." Matthew 23:17 — "Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? John 10:36 — "Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

First Proposition: To sanctify means to separate or set apart for God.

Sanctification is the process of setting apart or state of being set apart for God. This is the primary meaning of the word.

SECOND MEANING: 2 Chronicles 29:5, 15-18 — "And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites; sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your Fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy places .... And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves, and came, according to the commandment of the king, by the words of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD. And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the LORD.

And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron. Now they began of the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch of the LORD: SO they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end. Then they went in to Hezekiah the king, and said, We have cleansed all the house of the LORD, and the altar of burnt offering, with all the vessels thereof, and the shew-bread table, with all the vessels thereof." Leviticus 11:44 "For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping things that creepeth upon the earth." Leviticus 20:7 — "Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God." 1 Chronicles 15:12,14 "And said unto them, Ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites; sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it .... So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel." Exodus 19:20-22 — "And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the Lore) called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish. And let the priests also, which come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD break forth upon them." 1 Thessalonians 5:22-23 — "Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." Hebrews 9:13 — "For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh." 1 Thessalonians 4:7 RV — "For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification." 1 Thessalonians 4:3 — "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication."

Second Proposition: To sanctify means to separate from ceremonial or moral defilement; to cleanse.

Sanctification is the process of separating, or state of being separated, from ceremonial or moral defilement.

The two meanings of the word are closely allied. One cannot be truly separated to God without being separated from sin.

THIRD MEANING: Ezekiel 20:41 — "I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen." Ezekiel 28:22 — "And I say, Thus saith the LORD God; Behold, I am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her." Ezekiel 36:23 — "And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the LORD God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes." Ezekiel 38:16 — -"And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes." Ezekiel 39:27 — "When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' hands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations."

Third Proposition: God is spoken of as being sanctified by the revelation of His own character, not that He is made holy but shown to be holy.