Jan
2011

The Greek word hagiasmos

Related to the Greek verb “hagiazo” (sanctify, purify), the Greek word  hagiasmos is a noun and it means things like “holiness” and “sanctification.”  This word first occurs in Rom. 6:19 where Paul said Christians are to be “servants of righteousness unto sanctification.”  Paul also used this word in Rom. 6:22; 1 Cor. 1:30; 1 Thess. 4:3-4, 7; 2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Tim. 2:15.  It occurs one time in the Hebrew letter (12:14) and once in Peter’s writings (1 Pet. 1:2).  It is God’s will that we be “hagiazo” (sanctified, possessing holiness), 1 Thess. 4:3.