Definitions of sanctification

  1. a religious ceremony in which something is made holy Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The act of sanctifying or making holy; the state of being sanctified or made holy; Webster Dictionary DB
  3. the act of God's grace by which the affections of men are purified, or alienated from sin and the world, and exalted to a supreme love to God; also, the state of being thus purified or sanctified. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The act of consecrating, or of setting apart for a sacred purpose; consecration. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The act of making holy; state of being made holy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Act of sanctifying: state of being sanctified. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Spiritual perfection; holiness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Act or process of sanctifying; sanctified state; consecration. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. The act of making holy; the work of God's grace, by which men are gradually purified from sin; the state of being purified or sanctified. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. involves more than a mere moral reformation of character, brought about by the power of the truth: it is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing the whole nature more and more under the influences of the new gracious principles implanted in the soul in regeneration. In other words, sanctification is the carrying on to perfection the work begun in regeneration, and it extends to the whole man ( Romans 6:13 ; 2 co 4:6 ; Colossians 3:10 ; 1 John 4:7 ; 1 Corinthians 6:19 ). It is the special office of the Holy Spirit in the plan of redemption to carry on this work ( 1 Corinthians 6:11 ; 2 th. 2:13 ). Faith is instrumental in securing sanctification, inasmuch as it (1) secures union to Christ ( Galatians 2:20 ), and (2) brings the believer into living contact with the truth, whereby he is led to yield obedience "to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come." Perfect sanctification is not attainable in this life ( 1 Kings 8:46 ; Proverbs 20:9 ; Eccl 7:20 ; James 3:2 ; 1 John 1:8 ). See Paul's account of himself in Romans 7:14-25 ; Phil 3:12-14 ; and 1 Timothy 1:15 ; also the confessions of David ( Psalms 19:12 Psalms 19:13 ; 51 ), of Moses ( 90:8 ), of ( Job 42:5 Job 42:6 ), and of ( Daniel 9:3-20 ). "The more holy a man is, the more humble, self-renouncing, self-abhorring, and the more sensitive to every sin he becomes, and the more closely he clings to Christ. The moral imperfections which cling to him he feels to be sins, which he laments and strives to overcome. Believers find that their life is a constant warfare, and they need to take the kingdom of heaven by storm, and watch while they pray. They are always subject to the constant chastisement of their Father's loving hand, which can only be designed to correct their imperfections and to confirm their graces. And it has been notoriously the fact that the best Christians have been those who have been the least prone to claim the attainment of perfection for themselves.", Hodge's Outlines. biblestudytools.com
  11. Act of sanctifying or making holy; state of being sanctified;-act of marketing apart for a sacred purpose; consecration. Cabinet Dictionary