Greek Pronunciation [hah gee AH dzoh]

HCSB Translation: to sanctify

Uses in the NT: 28


And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of
Jesus Christ once for all

(Hebrews 10:10)



In the NT, hagiazo has three distinct shades of meaning. First, it may indicate the action of dedicating something to the service of God (consecrate, set aside as holy). This may involve the consecration of objects (Mt. 23:19; 1 Tim. 4:5) or persons (Act. 20:32; 26:18; 1 Cor. 6:11; 7:14; Eph. 5:26; Heb. 9:13; 10:14) for holy service unto God. Second, hagiazo may mean to treat as holy. Jesus prays that the Father’s name be honored as holy (Mt. 6:9), and Peter urges believers to set apart Messiah as Lord in their hearts (1 Pet. 3:15). Third, hagiazo may mean to purify or make someone holy, in the sense of causing someone to have the quality of holiness. Paul prays that God would sanctify the Thessalonian believers (1 Th. 5:23), and John closes his apocalypse with the heavenly exhortation that the holy should go on being made holy (Rev. 22:11).


Word Studies courtesy of the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible. Used with permissions from B&H Publishing Group, A Division of LifeWay Christian Resources.