If I were to write a detailed post on sanctification, I would call it: From Coal to Diamonds – The Process of Refinement. The inspiration comes from two factors.
First, English words for Biblical concepts tend to water down how dynamic those concepts are. Sanctification in both the Greek and Hebrew means the process in making one’s self reject the world’s (common existence) things and influence, and then cleave unto Father Yah, His Word, His Will, and His Desire over an entire lifetime. Whatever He either deems cleansed or precious is of great value to us, since He set this realm in motion. This could be an act, a ritual, an instruction, a fast, a prayer, etc. which is designed to help us learn of Him and His modus operandi. The definition to make holy is far too vague and doesn’t encourage believers to seek Yah’s Will and Desire on their own, trusting other humans and religions without testing the spirits first.
Second, the term refinement is a more powerful word. The Bible has various passage describing sin and the sinful as dross. Dross, according to Scripture, can mean either the pollution that rises during the refinement of metals, or the base metals alloyed into precious metals. Fire, continuous and hot enough to liquefy metal, symbolizes the trials of life that Father Yah allows to get our attention and cleanse us.
Since it take years (now months, thanks to technology) under great, constant pressure to convert a lump of coal into a diamond, our “pressure” comes from life itself and our reactions to it. Even as a fresh diamond still needs cutting and polishing, this will happen for us at our glorification.
Numbers 31:22-23 Only the gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, and lead—everything that can endure fire, you shall put through the fire, and it shall be clean; and it shall be purified with the water of purification. But all that cannot endure fire you shall put through water.
Job 23:10 Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
Psalm 66:10 For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us like silver.
Proverbs 17:3 A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but YHWH is the tester of hearts.
Proverbs 25:4 Remove the dross from the silver, and a vessel for a silversmith will come forth.
Isaiah 1:25 I will turn My hand against you; I will thoroughly purge your dross; I will remove all your impurities.
Isaiah 48:10 See, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
Jeremiah 9:7 Therefore this is what YHWH of Hosts says, “Behold, I will refine them and test them, for what else can I do because of the daughter of My people?”
Jeremiah 6:27 (Literal Translation) [As] an assayer I have set you among My people; a fortress (stronghold of His Will) that you may know and test their way.
Daniel 12:10 Many will be purified, made spotless, and refined, but the wicked will continue to act wickedly. None of the wicked will understand, but the wise will understand.
Ezekiel 22:19-20 Therefore this is what the YHWH Elohim says, “Because all of you have become dross, behold, I will gather you into Jerusalem. Just as one gathers silver, copper, iron, lead, and tin into the furnace to melt with a fiery blast, so I will gather [you] in My anger and wrath, leave [you there], and melt you.”
Zechariah 13:9 This third I will bring through the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, “They are My people,’” and they will say, “YHWH is our God.”
Malachi 3:3 And He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver. Then they will present offerings to YHWH in righteousness.
1 Corinthians 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1 Peter 1:6-7 (NLT) So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So, when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fire among you taking place for a trial to you, as if a strange thing were happening to you.