John Piper – Putting Sanctification in Its Place – Part 1 of 2 from the Desiring God Conference September 28, 2012

John Piper from „Acting The Miracle” Desiring God 2012 Coference that took place on September 28th 2012.

In this first plenary session, John Piper first defines sanctification:

The English word “sanctify” or “sanctification” is built on the Latin word sanctus which means “holy.” We don’t have a way of turning the adjective “holy” into a verb in English. The world “holify” does not exist. But in the language of the New Testament, the adjective “holy” (hagioscan be made into a verb (hagiazō), which means “to make holy” or to “treat as holy.” And that same adjective for “holy” (hagios) can be made into three different nouns (hagiosmoshagiōsunēhagiotēs) which sometimes mean “the condition of being holy” (“holiness”) or “the process of becoming holy”—which would be “holification” if such a word existed, but since it doesn’t, we use “sanctification.”

Now I don’t expect you to remember all that. Here’s the crucial point: Any time you read in the New Testament any form of the word “sanctify,” you know you are reading about holiness. So a conference on sanctification is a conference on being or becoming holy. And the reason I use the terms “being or becoming” holy is that the New Testament refers to our holiness in both of those senses—a condition of being holy, or a process of becoming holy

He points out that the NT speaks to both the process of becoming holy as well as to the condition of being holy:

Both the condition of being holy and the process of becoming holy are prominent in the New Testament. Neither is minimized. The most obvious way to see the prominence of the Christian condition or state of holiness is to see that Paul calls Christians “saints” 40 times in his 13 letters. …So the picture is that God calls us, and unites us by faith to Christ, so that “in Christ Jesus,” we are holy, sanctified, and the name that we get therefore is “saints” or “holy ones.”

He also shows how holiness is a God given trait:

Christians are holy and must become holy. We have the seed of God’s likeness—God’s holiness—imparted to us when we are born again, and we must grow into that likeness—that holiness—to show who our Father really is.

You can read the entire transcript here-

Prelude to Acting the Miracle:

Putting Sanctification in Its Place


Prelude to Acting the Miracle: Putting Sanctification in Its Place (John Piper) from Desiring God on Vimeo.

4 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. Gabi Bogdan
    oct. 08, 2012 @ 00:20:21

    wow… I have been so busy this summer .. i missed this one… back to short days and long nights.. more time to study and read ….. 🙂

    • rodi
      oct. 08, 2012 @ 10:51:42

      you’re not that late, the videos were just posted last friday. This is a timely and in depth study on sanctification. Although I’ve read certain sermons on the subject, I don’t think I have come across an in-depth study on sanctification except form the Puritan period and the holiness movement. So John Piper’s 2012 conference treating the subject of sanctification is so very welcomed. His 2 sessions are keepers for regular reference. Sa-i sea Dumnezeu o batranete lunga si sa scrie cat mai multi cart! 🙂

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