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Words with different meanings:Example 5

Arthur Pink“Holy” and “sanctify” represent in our English Bibles one and the same Hebrew and Greek word in the original, but they are by no means employed with a uniform significance, being given quite a variety of scope and application — hence the diverse definitions of men. The word is such a pregnant one that no single English term can express it. That it signifies more than “set apart” is clear from what is said of the Nazarite:

“all the days of his separation he is holy unto the Lord” (Numbers 6:8)

—“all the days of his separation he is separated” would be meaningless tautology. So of Christ,

“holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners” (Hebrews 7:26),

where “holy” means much more than “separate.” When applied to God it imports His ineffable majesty (Isaiah 57:15). In many passages it expresses a moral quality (Romans 7:12; Titus 1:8). In others it refers to cleansing (Ephesians 5:26; Hebrews 9:13). Often it means to hallow or dedicate to God (Exodus 20:11; John 17:19). As the term is applied to the Christian it connotes, broadly speaking,

(1) that sacred relationship Godward into which grace has brought us in Christ;

(2) that blessed inward endowment by which the Spirit has made us meet for God and capacitated us to commune with Him;

(3) the changed life resulting therefrom (Luke 1:75; 1 Peter 1:15).

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures

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