Words without definitions are not worth much. Perhaps they might have some artistic value in form, but they fail to convey any meaningful information unless we actually know what the words mean. Words with definitions, however, hold great potential. They can be the means to change our thoughts which in turn can change our actions. Words forming ideas can be means to change the world—or even the destiny of a man’s soul.
One word I’ve heard many times is the word sanctification. And I thought I knew what it meant. I was talking with my dad recently about this word, and he said something I found interesting. He said that he had always heard sanctification taught as meaning “to be set apart or holy,” but that over the years, he’s hearing more and more is being referred to as a “process of growing in our faith.” So this question has been stuck in my mind recently: What does sanctification really mean?
I asked this question on Twitter, and a number of kind souls weighed in. Each response had similar elements, but there were some nuanced differences to each. So this makes me wonder how others understand this important truth about our faith. I’ll weigh in later this week in an effort to understand how the Bible addresses this concept in full, but for now, I’ll ask you:
What is sanctification? And why does it matter?