There are many words that fill the Christian vernacular. Propitiation, atonement, salvation, redemption - just to name a few. These words seldom make it to our every day language, and yet they are important words in the life of every follower of Christ.
One of those words is sanctification. But what is this?
The New Bible Dictionary defines sanctification as...
the process by which an entity is brought into relationship with or attains the likeness of the holy1
The Timothy Leadership Institute discusses the topic of sanctification in their Bible Doctrine Survey, talks about the fact that sanctification means...
to be cleansed completely from sin. 2 Pe. 1:9, Heb. 9:14
to be made holy and righteous. 1 Co. 1:30, Eph. 1:4, 2 Co. 5:21
to be set apart unto God and to His service. Ro. 1:1, 15:16
2 Dennis J. Mock, Bible Doctrine Survey, (Atlanta, GA; Bible Training Centre for Pastors, 1989), 233.