Entire Sanctification

Entire Sanctification

Most of the controversies, which arise between men who fear God, spring from the hurry with which some of them find fault with what they have not yet examined, and speak evil of what they do not understand.” – John Fletcher 


Webster’s International Dictionary thus defines holiness: “

  • Perfect moral integrity or purity; freedom from sin ; sanctity, innocence.
  • State of being hallowed or consecrated to God, or His worship.

“Holy, salvation, happiness, whole, well.

  • Set apart to the service or worship of God.
  • Spiritually whole or sound; freedom from sinful affection; pure in heart; godly; pious; irreproachable; guiltless; acceptable to God.
God is holyIsa 6:37; Rev 4:8
Heaven a holy placePsa 20:6
Nothing unclean shall enterRev 21:27
Scriptures holyRom 1:2
Commandments holyRom 7:12
Chosen to be holyEph 1:4
Holiness lost in the fallRom 5:12
Restored in ChristCol 1:22
A holy churchEph 5:27
Holiness commandedLev 11:14; 1Pet 1:15, 16
Ye shall be holyLev 19:2
A holy peopleDeu 7:6; 14:2
Shall be called holyIsa 62:12
The way of holinessIsa 35:8
God calls to holiness1The 4:7
Partakers of His holinessHeb 12:10
Holy Ghost makes holy1Cor 3:16, 17
Fruit unto holinessRom 6:22
Holy men2Pet 1:21; 2Kin 4:9; Psa 86:2
Bishops must be holy men (some fight holiness today!)Tit 1:7, 8
Paul found holy brethrenHeb 3:1; 1The 5:27
Holy women1Pet 3:5
Holiness or hellHeb 12:14
God swore an oath that we should live holy everyday of our lives. Who says we cannot?Luk 1:68-75

Entire Sanctification


1.  To make sacred or holy; to set apart to a holy of religious use; to consecrate by appropriate rites; to hallow.

2.  To make free from sin; to cleanse from moral corruption and pollution; to purify.”

“Sanctification:  The act of making holy; the state of being sanctified or made holy. Theologically – The act of God’s grace by which the affections of men are purified or alienated from sin and the world, and exalted to a supreme love of God. Also the state of being thus purified or sanctified.” – Webster’s Dictionary.

Sanctify yourselvesLev 20:7
Sanctify: keep from fleshNum 11:18
Sanctify yourselvesJos 3:5
I sanctify myself (Jesus)Joh 17:19
Sanctify them (the Apostles)Joh 17:17
Sanctify: cleanse the ChurchEph 5:25, 27
Sanctify: purge conscienceHeb 19:13, 14
Purge, sanctify2Tim 2:21
Sanctify, washExo 19:10
The priests cleansed the inner house/ type of heart purity2Chr 29:15-19
Holy Ghost brings purityAct 15:8, 9
Heart circumcisionDeu. 30:6
God of peace sanctify1The 5:23
He that sanctifiesHeb 2:11
Jesus suffered to sanctifyHeb 13:12
By God the FatherJud 1
By the Holy GhostRom 15:16
Through the Spirit2The 2:13
God wills sanctification1The 4:3
According to His willHeb 10:9, 10
By faith in JesusAct 26:18
Holy Ghost a witnessHeb 10:15
Christ our sanctification`1Cor 1:30
God commands His sanctified onesIsa 13:3

Sin Not A Necessity

Awake to righteousness, and sin not1Cor 15:34
Little children, sin not *1Joh 2:1
Shall we continue in sin?Rom 6:1, 2
Go, sin no more *Joh 5:14; 1Joh 8:11
Stand in awe, sin not *Psa 4:4
He that committeth sin is of the Devil1Joh 3:8
Whosoever is born of God doth not sin1Joh 5:18; 3:9
Jesus came to save from sinMat 1:21
Sanctification preserves the spirit, soul, and body1The 5:23
Let not sin reign in your bodiesRom 6:12
Sin shall not reignRom 6:14
The flesh cannot please God/ You are not in the fleshRom 8:8, 9
Blessed are the pure in heartMat 5:8
A pure heart, a clean lifeMat 15:8
Pure heart, pure thoughtsMar 7:21, 22
Cleanse hands, purify heartsJam 4:8
Cleanse filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness2Cor 7:1
There is cleansing in the blood from all sin1Joh 1:7
The blood of Christ purgesHeb 9:14
Put off the old manEph 4:20-24
Crucify the old manRom 6:6
I am crucified with ChristGal 2:20
A fountain for sin and uncleannessZec 13:1
Fruit-bearing branches already in the vine, yet need cleansingJoh 15:2

* Sin, taught as a necessity by many false teachers, is considered avoidable by the Holy Scriptures. 1Cor 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man: and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide a way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.” NASB. We are promised that God will not allow a temptation to be so strong that we cannot resist it. Temptation is a test of character where we show forth where our hearts really are.

Christian Perfection

The doctrine of Christian Perfection is badly misunderstood. We do not teach that man can be a perfect God; nor do as perfectly as God; neither be a perfect angel, nor as perfect as Adam was. Not perfect in knowledge; not physical perfection; not perfect before men for the Jews said Jesus was a devil. He drove the money changers out of the Temple with a whip, which from a human standpoint was not perceived as a righteous act by some. Although His actions and motives were misunderstood by many, Jesus was the example of the perfect Christian – Perfect in love. By most “religious” definitions today, Jesus would not be considered “perfect” by their standard either.

Commanded to be perfect with GodDeu 18:13
Walk before me and be thou perfectGen 17:1
Be perfect as your Father is perfectMat 5:48
Go on to perfectionHeb 6:1
We wish your perfection2Cor 13:9
Epaphras prays for your perfectionCol 4:12
I pray night and day for your perfection2The 3:10
Scriptures are given: that the man of God may be perfect2The 3:10
We preach to present every man perfectCol 1:28
Finally farewell. Be perfect2Cor 13:11
God gave some apostles, some evangelists… for the perfecting of the saintsEph 4:11-13
If thou will be perfectMat 19:21
Made perfect in oneJoh 17:23
Same is perfect manJam 3:2
Perfect in love1Joh 4:17, 18
Love the bond of perfectnessCol 3:14
Love is the fulfilling of the lawRom 13:10
Mark the perfect manPsa 37:37
Noah was perfect in his generationGen 6:9
Hezekiah had a perfect heart2Kin 20:3
Asa’s heart was perfect2Chr 15:17
I will walk with a perfect heartPsa 10:1, 2
Job a perfect manJob 1:1-8
Perfect wayPsa 10:1-7
The God of peace, who has the power to bring to life the dead, can make you perfect through the blood of everlasting covenantHeb 13:20, 21

 Entire Sanctification

Sanctification, holiness. purity, and perfection is not just some mythical transfer of character from one person to another. The Scriptures everywhere speak of these traits as being realities in those believers to whom this grace is conferred. The ideas of heart perfection/purity, and that this comprises what constitutes a believer as entirely sanctified, is not an obscure pipedream of some deluded “perfectionist,” but a real and Scriptural attainment for every believer in this life. Some have made a career out of  terrifying multitudes away from holiness by ridiculing holiness, sanctification, and perfection. Do not allow those who have failed this grace of God to dissuade you from experiencing the promises and blessings guaranteed by God.

The term Justification and Sanctification are not used in a technical sense or critical sense, but rather in a general sense as referring to experience.

In Justification there is lifeIn Sanctification there is life more abundant
In Justification the “old man” is repressedIn Sanctification the “old man” is destroyed
In Justification there is “peace with God”In Sanctification there is the “peace of God”
In Justification there is loveIn Sanctification there is perfect love which casteth out fear
In Justification we “put on the new man”In Sanctification we “put off the old man and his deeds”
Justification gives us a right to heavenSanctification gives the fitness for heaven
In Justification there is joy – intermittent joyIn Sanctification there is fullness of joy – abiding joy
Justification includes pardon, which is a judicial act **Sanctification includes cleansing, which is a priestly function
Justification is obtained by surrender, repentance, and faithSanctification is obtained by consecration, obedience, and faith
Justification delivers from guilt and condemnationSanctification delivers from unholy tempers and abnormal appetites
Justification comprehends adoption, making us children of GodSanctification comprehends anointing, making us kings and priests unto God
Justification separates us from the world, so we are no longer of the worldSanctification takes the word out of us; worldly desires and ambitions
Justification is illustrated by the rescue of the sinking man from the waterSanctification is getting the water out of the lungs of the drowning man
Justification is conditioned on confession of sin (1Joh 1:9)Sanctification is conditioned on “walking in the light as he is in the light” (1Joh 1:7)
Justification has to do with sin as an act – sins committedSanctification has to do with sin as a principle – the sin nature, the result of the curse
Justification restores us to the favor of God which we had lost through our own disobedienceSanctification restores us to holiness or the moral likeness of God, which we had lost through Adam’s disobedience
Justification is the impartation of a spiritual nature, bringing us into possession of eternal lifeSanctification is the crucifixion and destruction of our carnal nature, making us dead indeed unto sin
Justification makes us free from outward sin and condemnationSanctification makes us “free indeed.” Gives the “deed” to our freedom with all the mortgages paid off. Freedom from fear, and doubt, and pride.
In Justification we are united as the branch to the vineIn Sanctification we receive the purging promised to the living and fruitful vine, that we may “bring forth more fruit.” (Joh 15:2)
In Justification the experience is a “well of water” (Joh 4:14). A well for personal useIn Sanctification there is a fullness of blessings so that out of our inward parts “shall flow rivers of living water” (Joh 6:38,39). A river cannot be confined to personal use, but will bless and fructify wherever it flows
Justification: “The forensic, judicial, or gracious act of God by which the sinner is declared righteous, or justly free from the obligation to penalty and fully restored to divine favor.” – Standard DictionarySanctification: “To make holy; cleanse from sin. Specially in theology, the gracious work of the Holy Spirit whereby the believer is freed from sin, and exalted to holiness of heart and life.” – Standard Dictionary
A perfection of LOVE,

“When entire sanctification is come, then love becomes perfect. With hatred gone, and envy no more, and jealousy driven away, and pride cast out, and anger transformed and malice removed, and unholy ambition sanctified, and self seeking banished, and avarice nailed to the Cross, and covetousness clean gone forever, the heart, now released from its bondage to moral corruption, swells with ecstasy of perfect love to God, perfect fellowship with God’s children, and a tender compassion for the lost members of Adam’s race.”

– Dr. J.G. Morrison


1Joh 2:5, 6; 4:16-21

Mat 5:43-48


“The nature of Christian Perfection; it is perfect love.





– John Fletcher

“The seat of this perfect love, a heart cleansed from its own thoughts.

“The Blessed effect of it, a worthy magnifying of God’s holy name.

“Its author, God, of whom the blessing is asked.”

“The immediate mean of it, the inspiration of his Holy Spirit.

“And, lastly, the gracious procurer of it, our Lord Jesus Christ.

** Inherited depravity or sin is not something in which we are personally guilty of, and as such, cannot be forgiven. Depravity is not something in which we can repent and turn from. It is something that that we need cleansing from. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1Joh 1:9

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