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A special aspect of Sanctification.
pp. 60 - 62
To catch the meaning of the concluding portion of Heb. 2: (11-18) we must first of
all see it as a whole, apart from details and difficulties:--
"All of one."
| 11. Oneness in sanctification.
B | 14. Oneness in nature. He partook.
C | 14-16. Oneness in death and deliverance.
B | 17. Oneness in nature. He was made like.
A | 18. Oneness in temptation.
This simple arrangement sweeps aside the idea entertained by some that "all of one"
refers to Adam, or to God. Verse 10 speaks of two parties, "many sons" and the
"captain". The perfecting of the captain can only bear upon the many sons, if they are
united in some way. Verse 11 says they are, both sanctifier and sanctified being all of
one. What therefore happens to the captain is communicated to the host. We must
remember the limitations imposed upon the scope of "all" by the word "sanctified". "All
of one" does not here speak of the human race although Luke traces the genealogy of
Christ back to Adam, and Paul uses the same expression (ex henos) in Acts 17: 26
when he speaks of "every nation of men". Neither does the passage speak of redemption
from sin and its penalty. The exodus is already accomplished. The union here is with the
things which accompany salvation. The Israelites were baptized into Moses in the cloud
and in the sea after redemption. This oneness is limited to sanctification. We must
therefore seek a true meaning for this term before we can appreciate the teaching of the
Hagiaző ("to sanctify") occurs seven times in Hebrews. It is therefore a key-word and
carries an important message:--
A | a | 2: 11. He that sanctifieth. The one perfected through suffering.
b | 2: 11. They that are sanctified.
B | 9: 12, 14. Blood of bulls . . . . . flesh.
Blood of Christ . . . . . conscience.
C | 10: 9, 10. The will of God. The offering of the body. Once.
B | 10: 14. Perfected for ever (cf. 10: 1) by one offering.
b | 10: 29. The blood wherewith He was sanctified.
a | 13: 12. The people sanctified by His blood, without the gate.
The thought is uppermost in Heb. 1: 3 where purification for sins, and not
redemption, is the aspect of truth presented. This aspect is sustained in 9: 12-14 where
the blood of goats and bulls is linked with the ashes of an heifer, which were not used as
a ransom or an atonement, but for sprinkling the unclean, and results in a sanctification