17 Sanctify [make them holy, purify, consecrate] them through your truth. Your word is truth.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified [purified, made holy, consecrated] through the truth.2
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it [the church of believers] with the washing of water by the word,3 [This is one of the critical verses to be understood. The Greek for word in this verse is rhmati <4487>, which in English means: 1) that which is or has been uttered by the living voice, thing spoken, word; 1a) any sound produced by the voice and having definite meaning; 1b) speech, discourse; 1b1) what one has said. Hearing someone read words from the Bible does not result in any cleansing or sanctifying whatsoever; but the words that Christ speaks to you do result in your cleansing. Now you are to be clean through the word which I have spoken to you, John 15:3; and Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I don't wash you, you have no part with me." John 13:8.]
14 For by one offering he has forever totally cleansed and perfected those who are sanctified and made holy.1 [From the Word of the Lord within: "Either make the tree good, or make the tree bad. A tree that is holy is a good one. We seek a lasting perfection of holiness. Grace destroys sin. The changes that the Spirit makes are long lasting. We seek a permanent relationship. In the Old Testament it was not a permanent relationship; they often lost it. Temporary perfection is replaced by permanent perfection. Once you are in union, it is permanent."]
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11 For both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified [not in process, but completed] are all of one;3 for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brothers, [Since he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit, a man must first be sanctified before becoming one with the Lord, who is undefiled and separate from sinners. George Fox writes of when you are sanctified: "a believer that is justified is a new creature, is past from the death which came by sin, and comes to enter into His rest, where there is no sin. He who is the sanctification, is the justification, and so by their sanctification are they justified; it is one and the same, what sanctifies, justifies....Men are justified by the believing, and in the faith and by the faith, and in believing they overcome, and have victory; and there are mortification, and sanctification, and redemption, and justification, all possessed together in the one, which is Christ, and this to the particular satisfaction." When you have been born again and protected from ever sinning again, you are sanctified.]