2 Thess. 2:13 …God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
Sanctification is deliverance from the old Adamic life and is a completed operation of God’s Grace in the heart. Sanctification is based solely on the work of the Holy Spirit in the human soul that gives man a new nature.
Sanctification in the above text of the Bible implies when the Church is taken out in the Rapture. Only the Church will escape the Great Tribulation when Satan looses Hell on earth.
- to sever
- to cut away
hagiasmos (hag-ee-as-mos’); from NT:37; properly, purification, i.e. (the state) purity; concretely (by Hebraism) a purifier: KJV – holiness, sanctification, to sever, to cut away.
Holiness, Holy, Holily [Noun] hagiasmos translated “holiness” in the AV of Rom 6:19,22, 1 Thess 4:7; 1 Tim 2:15; Heb 12:14, is always rendered “sanctification” in the RV. It signifies (a) separation to God, 1 Cor 1:30; 2 Thess 2:13; 1 Pet 1:2;
(b) the resultant state, the conduct befitting those so separated, 1 Thess 4:3,4,7, and the four other places mentioned above.
“Sanctification” is thus the state predetermined by God for believers. The corresponding verb hagiazo denotes “to set apart to God.”