The writer of Hebrews speaks of sanctification with the instruction to "pursue holiness", and that we should be especially set apart for God. Sanctification is just as important in the believers life as is our justification.
Pastor Walthers elaborated on three different categories of sanctification:
- The sanctification of God (such as described in the book of Ezekiel: God is set apart from the false gods of the time)
- The sanctification of Man (in the Old Testament, this was a sanctification of self through separation from what was unclean)
- The sanctification of the Redeemer (John 17 speaks about how Jesus sanctified Himself)
Another point made in the message was aimed at the unbelieving spouse (from I Cor. 7:12-14) in which the unbelieving spouse is sanctified through the believing spouse. In this situation, the non-believing partner is privileged to witness a living display of the gospel.
Sanctification is about the believer being set apart more and more for God. This is a continuing process by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Here's a link to Pastor Walther's message.