|Bible Dictionary: Define Hallowed, Definition of Hallowed|
Hallowed is an Old English word for Sanctified or Holy. Sanctification and Holiness are synonyms. To sanctify is to make holy. Holiness is a setting apart for a specific use. Sanctification is something that those who are following Christ are becoming, while righteousness is something that God does through a Christ-follower by grace through faith. That is, God leads. He does speak to us. Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the utterance of God. God's free gift of faith gives us access to grace. Grace does God's work through us. When God does His work through us by His grace, we are changed, transfigured. You are transfigured because you reap what you sow. God's seed is sown into our minds and our minds are transfigured by the Holy Spirit to some extent each time we allow God to work through us. The transfiguration changes what we are. These small, incremental transfigurations sanctify us, or make us holy. They also redeem us, incrementally setting us free from slavery to Satan, slavery to our sinful flesh, and slavery to the influence of the culture of this age.
For followers of Christ, they are following Christ into holiness and redemption (freedom from sin). This is salvation, and it is the same as knowing God. It is life.
In reality, only God is holy. So, the only way that we can be holy is to draw so near to God that He transfigures us to be like Him. This implies total surrender to Him and His transforming power. Remember the prayer of Jesus, that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so the world may believe? That unity is the holiness, since humanity is incapable on holiness. Holiness is a setting apart of self to be joined totally to God in submission to Him. Often, Scripture will refer to an object or day as being holy. These object or days are actually pointing toward events that are now being fulfilled in the True Temple of God. It is the ultimate intimate relationship with God. The word, relationship, cannot fully describe the depth of the way that we will be joined to God and transfigured from glory to glory into the very likeness of Christ and unified with Christ in submission to Him.
Human effort cannot possibly save from sin or save to holiness and redemption. We are saved by grace through faith and that faith is not of ourselves lest anyone should boast. This is the faith of God, and it is a gift from God. Faith comes when God speaks: faith comes by hearing and hearing by the utterance of God. God is saying, "Listen to Me." Whatever is not of faith is sin. God leads. God speaks. Whatever we do that God didn't tell us to do is sin. Whenever we receive this faith, we also receive hope. Hope is a vision of expectation in which God shows us what He's going to do and who we are in Him. We identify with the Christ in us as the real us, though we know that we do have a sinful nature. The sinful nature is not really us--it must die. We must die to self and live to Christ. He shows us how we fit into Christ the Body. He also makes clear, by unfolding revelation over time, what is and is not part of that Body.
Scripture is clear: it is faith that gives us access to God's grace and it is grace that does the works through us. We are incapable of righteousness, and if we seek to establish our own righteousness, then we miss out on the free gift of righteousness that is from God. Only God is able to do good works that are truly good. Part of the reason for this is that we were created to have God do His works through us by grace through faith. As a result, any works that are not of faith, all self-generated works, are sin. Our only part is to yield the members of our bodies to Him. He is the One Who leads. We don't have to think up things to do for Him. His is the One Who speaks. We don't have to try to figure anything out. He is the One Who gives us a vision of hope. We don't have to visualize anything. He is the One Who thinks His Thoughts, says His Utterances, and does His Acts through us. We just let Him do it. Then, He is the One Who plants the Holy Seed in us and causes the growth of that Seed within us. He is the One Who forms Christ in us. He is the One Who sets us free from sin. We don't have to struggle. We do need to be patient, but He even supplies the patience.
Righteousness: The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. When we hear God's leading and yield ourselves so that He does His works through us, God, Who is Love, flows through us in our thoughts, words, and deeds. This is what is known as righteousness, righteousness by grace through faith.
Holiness: You reap what you sow. When you yield in this way to the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit changes you, He transfigures you from glory to glory in little increments moment by moment as you yield. This progressive change is what is known as holiness or sanctification.
While righteousness is in the moment--from moment to moment and is God doing His works through you, holiness is something that everyone who follows Christ is becoming. It is permanent change, though it can be reversed by obeying Satan, the flesh, or by being a friend of the culture and obeying it. Those who are yielding to the Holy Spirit in righteousness are becoming new creatures. They are dying to self and Christ is being more fully formed in them from faith to faith and from glory to glory. The path of the just is as a shining light that shines more and more until the perfect day. The battle is currently for the mind, and it is in the mind that we either yield to the Holy Spirit or yield to something or someone else. Each time we yield to the Holy Spirit in this way, we become more holy--Christ is more fully formed in us. Our walk is a walk from glory to glory and a walk that requires patience. Each time we become more holy, we are set free, that is, redeemed, to a greater extent. Set free, redeemed, or saved from what? Redeemed from sin--we are redeemed from slavery. We are naturally in slavery to Satan, to our own fleshly nature, and to the pressure exerted by the ungodly culture.
Not that this holiness (along with the righteousness and redemption) can be separated from Christ the Body. We are freed to become what God created us to be in that Body and to take our place in that Body according to the orderliness of God. A hidden revival is taking place among a remnant. God is cleansing His Body of all the false ministries, false teachers, false prophets, divisions, man-made patterns, faulty doctrine, and other disorders as He establishes a Church, a called out people, who are willing to walk in His ways and to build the Church according to His pattern. All who move from glory to glory find that God is leading them toward the Scriptural order of the Church. They find themselves checked every time they deny God's power to restore His order, His pattern, His miracles, His close leading and directing of the Church, and His Holiness in the Church. He is preparing a Church that will be without spot or wrinkle. There will be no strife, division, money-making scheme, power grabbing, pride, or bickering. It will be Holy. Holiness cannot be complete until that Church is built according to the pattern.
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Hebrew: miqdash, Strong's #04720, meaning: 1) sacred place, sanctuary, holy place 1a) sanctuary 1a1) of the temple 1a2) of the tabernacle 1a3) of Ezekiel’s temple1a4) of Jehovah
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