10 Bible Verses on Sanctification

Sanctification isn't always a word with a “cool” connotation. When we think of it, we often immediately think of forbiddance, suffering, and things being taken away. But what if we misunderstood the sanctity that God expects of us? In his prayer for the disciples, Jesus said, “For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” (John 17:19). When we decide to live a pious life and to detach ourselves from sin, Jesus alone is able to purify us inside so that we can be more than simply “whitewashed tombs” (Matthew 23:27). Sanctity comes from within when we accept and love the truth. Here are 10 bible passages about why and how we can manage to imitate Holy God and live in sanctity.

10 Bible Passages to Encourage You to Live a Sanctified Life

Our God is holy

“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)

Be holy to see God

“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)

Be holy to be used by God

“Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” (2 Timothy 2:21)

Our spirits are already holy

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

Our God of peace sanctifies us

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

The Holy Spirit sanctifies us

“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as first fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.” (2 Thessalonians 2:13)

Words of truth sanctify us

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17)

The Holy Spirit leads us to live piously

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16)

God wants us to be increasingly holy

“For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” (1 Thessalonians 4:7)

A holy life is a truthful life

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,” (Ephesians 6:14)

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