Foundations of Our Faith – Part 7 – Sanctification – The Power of the Holy Spirit


The Word 

The Greek word translated “sanctify” means “to separate”, to set apart, to make holy.” In the Bible, it is applied to God, things, people, and places. God is holy, that is, set apart from His creatures called humans and from corruption called sin (Lev.11:44). So, things and people are set apart by God. (Ex 29:44)

 Biblical Usage.

  • Positional Sanctification (Abiding in Christ)
  • Progressive Sanctification. (Through the Word of God)
  • Prospective (Future) Sanctification (Forever in Heaven with Him)

Summary: (OHP 14)

A full definition of the doctrine of sanctification is: the work of God whereby He initially, then continually, and ultimately eternally sets believers apart from the sin of the world for Himself.

Break (OHP 15)

  • The Holy Spirit – The One Who Sanctifies.
  • The Holy Spirit is;
  • A Person
  • He is Divine.
  • He Indwells

His Work

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune God (Acts 5:3, 4) Who;

  • Regenerates (Titus 3:5).
  • Indwells (1 Cor. 6:19),
  • Seals (Eph. 1:13).
  • Baptises (1 Cor. 12:13).
  • Enables the believer to obey the Word of God (Eph. 3:16).

Some have God’s presence, but they do not utilize God’s power. They sometimes erroneously conclude that they need more of the Holy Spirit. I am not comfortable when I here people talk about needing more of Gods Holy Spirit in their life. That’s Impossible, because He is a person. You cannot have one-half or one-tenth of a person? The individual who has trusted in Christ has received all of the Holy Spirit he will ever need.  The issue is not, “Can you have more of the Spirit?”; the issue is,  Does the Holy Spirit have more of you?