Sanctification: What is it?

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Sanctification is both positional and practical.
As to position, all believers are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus once (Heb. 10:1010By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:10)).
The will of God was their sanctification, which is divided into four parts:
Abstaining from fornication and uncleanness.
Positive practical holiness, which is the same word as sanctification in the original language.
Love to one another.
The Lord also prays for the believers as to practical sanctification. "Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth." John 17:1717Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (John 17:17).
The epistle to the Hebrews is the great epistle on sanctification.
The object of the Apostle in writing the epistle was to separate or sanctify the Hebrew Christians from everything to Christ. They were still clinging to Judaism, the Jewish religion, which had just crucified the Lord.
Chapters 1, 2, and 3:1, 2 show them to be sanctified brethren in association with the Son of God.
Chapters 7, 9, and 10 show them to be sanctified worshipers in association with Christ the glorified High Priest, the center of worship.
In chapter 12 they are disciplined to become partakers of the Father's holiness because they were settling down in the world, and clinging to the earthly religion.
Exhortation-chapter 13:13.
Let us go to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
If a man purge himself from these (that is, vessels of dishonor), he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified and meet for the Master's use (2 Tim. 2:2121If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. (2 Timothy 2:21)).
My reader, the first Adam and his descendants have set themselves apart to evil and the rejection of Christ. Christ, the last Adam, set Himself apart from all evil to God, and by His death and resurrection is now fully separated to God. Do you belong to Adam, or to Christ?