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In Christian faith we have some words that get used that do not fit other places in our society. Sanctification is one of those words … the definition could look like this: “Sanctification is the act or process of being made or becoming holy.”

In some of my old notes I had these five statements written down. I am not sure where they came from, but they have helped me to hold on to what at times can be a “slippery fish” sort of concept to understand!

RECOGNIZE …that Christ alone is your sanctification!

1 Corinthians 1:30-31

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30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

REPENT …of your self-effort and self-centeredness.

Galatians 5:17

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17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

Psalm 130:4

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But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.

RECKON … the victory of Christ to be your very own!

Romans 6:11

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11 So you also must consider yourselves (A)dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

RECEIVE …by faith the fullness of God the Holy Spirit.

Luke 11:13

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13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

REMAIN …in Christ by walking daily in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:16

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Keep in Step with the Spirit

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Galatians 5:25

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25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.


You need to believe that Christ Himself is your sanctification. Take some time to repent of the sin issues in your life that you are aware of, and the self-effort that is made to please God. You need to understand that we need to be dead to sin and instead be alive to God through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Receive by faith Christ’s victories on the cross as your victory over sin. By God’s grace choose to live and walk in the presence of the Holy Spirit for purity of life and power in service! Christ in you (and me) is the hope of glory!