Being Sanctified….

What part of scripture do so many not understand?

Hebrews 10:14 (The Amplified Bible) For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy.

(The Holy Bible, New International Version®) because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

[From Strong’s:

Teleioo tel-i-o’-o

  1. to make perfect, complete
    1. to carry through completely, to accomplish, finish, bring to an end
  2. to complete (perfect)
    1. add what is yet wanting in order to render a thing full
    2. to be found perfect
  3. to bring to the end (goal) proposed
  4. to accomplish
    1. bring to a close or fulfilment by event
      1. of the prophecies of the scriptures

Dienekes dee-ay-nek-es’ Definition

  1. continuously, continuous

Tr (KJV (4) – continually + (1519), 2; for ever + (1519), 2;   , NAS (4) – all time continually, 1; perpetually, 1;)

Hagiazo hag-ee-ad’-zo Definition

  1. to render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or hallow
  2. to separate from profane things and dedicate to God
    1. consecrate things to God
    2. dedicate people to God
  3. to purify
    1. to cleanse externally
    2. to purify by expiation: free from the guilt of sin
    3. to purify internally by renewing of the soul

Ts (KJV (29) – be holy, 1; hallow, 2; sanctify, 26;)]

The New American Standard Bible:

For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.

The New King James Version:

For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

World English Bible:

For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are sanctified.

The Bible in Basic English:

Because by one offering he has made complete for ever those who are made holy.

The Darby Translation:

For by one offering he has perfected in perpetuity the sanctified.

Young’s Literal Translation:

for by one offering he hath perfected to the end those sanctified;

J.P. Green’s Literal Translation:

For by one offering He has perfected in perpetuity the ones being sanctified.

The Complete Jewish Bible:

For by a single offering he has brought to the goal for all time those who are being set apart for God and made holy.

The majority of the above do not indicate in any way that believers are being sanctified over time. It happened once. The idea of being sanctified means those who are being saved, being added to the church. But they are added once. Context must rule. So must the bulk of scripture. One translation cannot be made to bow to all the others. One translation differs must be read in the light of the rest.

The above passage from Hebrews is the only place I found where the word, “being”, is used in some translations. It possibly is translated this way because of the Greek word for “all time”, “perpetuity”, or “for ever” can also be “continually”. However, most understand that “continually” refers to the effects of the finished work of Christ. Again, one scripture cannot make all others bow to it.

Throughout both the Old and New Testaments, to sanctify means to set apart for God. It is an act, not a process. Sanctification is to be set aside and made holy. Of course, we know that we grow and mature in Christ. But that is not sanctification. We cannot make ourselves any more holy than Christ has made us! Perish the thought.


[1] This is true except for one other place in one translation, as follows: The New King James Version – Heb 2:11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, The word, “being”, seems to have no justification in this passage other than to support the notion of progressive sanctification.

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