3. “SANCTIFICATION” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)
23 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. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
(hagiazō – separate from the profane for dedication to God; Separate, consecrated. Purified. Renewed)
-This is not a symbolic act, but one’s spirit, soul, and body being sanctified, which means to “separate, consecrate, purify or renew.”
-On our own, we are sinners, but the power of transformation is that God can sanctify us, purifying us so that we are no longer slaves to sin.