(ALIVE TO GOD AND
"Be holy, for I am holy"
"in the world" - "not of the world"
Holiness and sanctification begin with godliness. And godliness begins when a person hears the Good News of Jesus Christ, believes it and receives Him.
The new-born Believer has become godly, that is, alive to God, aware of Him (see Kingdom Godliness on the Menu).
To generalise, holiness and sanctification are about "knowing what God says about you" and "living out the things He says to you".
The basic words of "holy" and "sanctified" are from the Greek words hagios, translated holy, and hagiazo, translated sanctified (Strong's Concordance).
"Hagios" means holy, a characteristic of God and separated (to God).
"Hagiazo" means to make holy, consecrate, sanctify, separate, set apart for God.
In the Word of Christ God says to Believers, "Be holy, for I am holy". But being holy in every day life may require some Believers to sort out their way of thinking.
However, there is something about holiness and sanctification that must be understood first. It is that in Christ :
- Believers are counted as holy and called holy: "Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved ..." Colossians 3'12.
- Believers are counted as sanctified and called sanctified: "... to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus," 1 Corinthians 1'2.
Believers are called "saints", which is from the same Greek word as "sanctified".
Holiness and sanctification, that is, being holy and being sanctified, are characteristics of the Lord Himself - now shown through the lives of His People.