What does “sanctified” mean in John 10:36?
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What it means to be sanctified?
"To make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate. to purify or free from sin: Sanctify your hearts. to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding: to sanctify a vow. to entitle to reverence or respect. to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing."
To get a better understanding of the word "sanctified" we will also consider some usages of the word in the scriptures.
God commanded Moses to say to the complaining Israelites:
Numbers 11:18 NET
18 “And say to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, and you
will eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing[b] of the Lord,
saying, “Who will give us meat to eat, for life[d] was good for us in
Egypt?” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat.
Before Israel crossed the Jordan River, Joshua ordered:
Joshua 3:5 King James Version
5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow
the Lord will do wonders among you.
Exodus 19:10-11 King James Version
10 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them
today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, 11 And be ready
against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in
the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.
Matthew 6:9 Darby Bible Translation
Thus, therefore, pray ye: Our Father who art in the heavens, let thy
name be sanctified
Matthew 6:9 International Standard Version
Therefore, this is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, may
your name be kept holy.
In all cases it denotes being morally and spiritually clean, purifies, set apart, make holy, including physical cleanliness, in other words staying away from anything that displeases God
In Jesus' case, God selected his only-begotten Son and sent him to earth to do special work on behalf of God’s name and to give his life as a ransom for humankind. But he was not received and respected by the Jewish nation as that sent one; rather, they denied his sonship and his position with his Father. He replied to them:
John 10:36 NET
36 Do you say about the one whom the Father set apart and sent into
the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of
John 10:36 NASB
36 Do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the
world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
Jeremiah 1:5 tn Heb “I knew you.” The parallelism here with “set you apart” and “appointed you” make clear that Jeremiah is speaking of his foreordination to be a prophet. (from NET footnotes)
Jeremiah 1:4-5 NET
Jeremiah’s Call and Commission
4 The Lord’s message came to me, 5 “Before I formed you in your
mother’s womb[a] I chose you.[b] Before you were born I set you
apart. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.”
God, intervening by a miracle or by a guiding providence, that they might be his special servants. Among these men are Isaac, Samson, Samuel, John the Baptizer, and Jesus.