The following articles are related to the topic of SANCTIFICATION

The Bible Doctrine of Sanctification

The Greek terms that are rendered into English by "sanctification," "holy," and "saints" convey important biblical truths. Unfortunately, in the world of "Christendom" many erroneous ideas have grown up around these expressions. Some interpret "sanctified" as the equivalent of "saved." Practically speaking, the saved and the sanctified represent the same class of people, but the terms have different points of ... read more »

1 Peter 1:1-2 – Foreknowledge

In the salutation of his first letter, Peter wrote: "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect. . . according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:1,2). Note that the epistle is addressed to "the elect." The Bible theme of election ... read more »

Does the Marriage of an Unbeliever to a Believer Sanctify the Unbeliever?

"What did Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 7:14 when he said that an unbeliever is 'sanctified' by a Christian spouse?" First, the Bible student must understand the meaning of the term "sanctified," and the various uses of that term that are made by the sacred writers of the New Testament. The word appears in two grammatical forms in the New ... read more »

Teresa’s “Exorcism”

A news article from 2001 caught my eye that is deserving of some comment. The late Roman Catholic nun, commonly known as "Mother Teresa," reputedly had an "exorcism" performed on her while she was hospitalized in 1997. This was reported recently by Henry D'Souza, "Archbishop" of Calcutta. The disclosure was made during the celebration of the fourth anniversary of the ... read more »

Teresa’s “Miracle” En Route to “Sainthood”

According to recent news reports, the Roman Catholic nun, who was affectionately known as "Mother" Teresa (cf. Mt. 23:9), is being given the "rush" status en route to her expected "sainthood."The highly acclaimed lady, so applauded for her work in poverty-stricken India, died in 1997. Normally at least five years must pass before the process leading to "sainthood" is initiated.However, ... read more »

Was the Sabbath a Divine Requirement from the Time of Creation?

"Does Genesis 2:2-3 establish the fact that the 'Sabbath' was 'sanctified' as a 'holy day' from the time of creation onward?" Here is the text that is the focus of this question. "And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had made. ... read more »

Do Genesis 10 and 11 Conflict with Reference to the Languages in the Earth?

"Can you explain why Genesis 11:1 says that the 'whole earth was of one language,' when earlier, in Genesis 10, there is mention of various 'tongues' (vv. 5,20,31)?" One principle of Bible interpretation that constantly must be kept in mind is this: some portions of scripture are arranged chronologically, i.e., in time sequence, while others are set forth topically, i.e., ... read more »

What Role Does Child-bearing Play in Woman’s Salvation?

"Please explain the meaning of the phrase that suggests woman 'shall be saved through child-bearing,' as that language is found in 1 Timothy 2:15." Paul wrote to Timothy: But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness. For Adam was first formed, then Eve; and Adam was not beguiled, ... read more »

The Preacher’s Private Life: Study Habits

Wendell Winkler (1931-2005) was one of the most accomplished preachers in the body of Christ in recent years. He was involved in the training of ministers of the gospel, and he proclaimed God's truth from coast to coast. His talents were in great demand. His organizational skills and powerful presentations made him a wonderful mentor to many brethren who aspire ... read more »

The Crimson Flow

The inspired writer of Hebrews affirmed that "apart from the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (9:22). This sacred text either states, or implies, several things: There is a human condition known as "sin" (cf. vv. 26,28).That condition requires "forgiveness."There is a divine plan by which that forgiveness is obtained.Somehow, that plan involves the shedding of blood. From the ... read more »