Weekly Word Definition – Hallowed

Definition of Hallowed:

Illustrated Bible Dictionary: And Treasury of Biblical History, Biography, Geography, Doctrine, and Literature.

To render sacred, to consecrate (Ex 28:38; Ex 29:1). This word is from the Saxon, and properly means “to make holy.” The name of God is “hallowed”, i.e., is reverenced as holy (Mat 6:9).

A prayer in the Bible commonly known as the Lord’s prayer contains the phrase, “Hallowed be Your name,” but what does hallowed mean? The American Heritage Dictionary defines hallowed as, “sanctified; consecrated; highly venerated; sacrosanct,” like the hallowed halls of a great university. To hallow is “to make or set apart as holy.

Definition of ‘hallowed’. Hallowed is used to describe something that is respected and admired, usually because it is old, important, or has a good reputation.

Hallow. to render sacred, to consecrate (Exodus 28:38; 29:1). This word is from the Saxon, and properly means “to make holy.”. The name of God is “hallowed”, i.e., is reverenced as holy (Matthew 6:9).

What does Hallowed Fire Mean? Hallowed Fire is an expression of Carlyle’s in definition of Christianity “at its rise and spread” as sacred and kindling what was sacred and divine in man’s soul and burning up all that was not.

Romans 6:1-2 (NKJV)

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

You can’t be dead and alive at the same time. If you died to sin, those sins were buried with Christ and can no longer be a part of your life. They are gone. Sin is no longer in your nature, because you have become part of God’s nature (2 Peter 1:4). You have become Hallowed!!

Colossians 1:21-23 (NKJV)

And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight; if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Because of the death of the only Begotten Son of God, who died on the cross for Our sins, the grace of God was extended to us through faith in Christ. God will only extend that Grace one time. Christ can’t die again so it was a one-time good deal!

God has reconciled us through the death of Jesus on the cross that we can be presented Holy and Blameless before him.

1 Peter 1:13-15 (NKJV)

Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,

It is not that Christ stands between us and God so God can’t see our sins, it is that we change our lives through our faith in Christ, so God sees the Holy Spirit living in us (John 14:17).

Weekly Word Definition – Sanctification

The definition of Sanctification:

The state of growing in divine grace because of Christian commitment after baptism or conversion (Merriam-Webster)

In the first instance, to sanctify is to regard or declare “Holy” by separating from common usage to the service of God. (Funk & Wagnall’s Bible dictionary)

Hebrews 13:12 (NKJV)

Therefore, Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.

Ephesians 5:26-27 (NRSV)

to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind, yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish.

Ephesians 4:23-24 (NIV2011)

to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Sanctification is not some magic trick that God uses to keep us in line. It is the act of regeneration that leads to sanctification. Regeneration is the act of studying God’s word to the point of building a good relationship with God through the Holy Spirit.

We are not sanctified by the act of baptism, laying on of hands, or with some class that we attend. Only the Holy Spirit can help us achieve sanctification. Notice I did not say the Holy Spirit would give us sanctification. The Holy Spirit will only lead us and help us to achieve sanctification.

Why do we need sanctification? Without sanctification, we are just another person in the large pool of society. Just another person bound for the inevitable pool of sinners bound for the permanent punishment of the wicked.

To have sanctification is to be part of a small group of Christians that will live with God in Heaven.

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