“By the Blood Ye Are Sanctified”

The Life and Teachings of Jesus and his Apostles, Instructor’s Guide (Rel 211–12), (2000), 101–2


Through the shedding of the blood of Christ, redemptive power by which a person can be sanctified is extended to each individual.

Theme Analysis

  • A.

    Through his infinite atonement, the Lord is able to sanctify and make holy those who fully follow him.

  • B.

    The shed blood of Christ is a power of sanctification that begins to be released for the individual as he enters in at the gate of baptism.

  • C.

    By a process of progression, as we are obedient to the principles and ordinances of the gospel, we receive the power of the Spirit, and, through Christ, become fully sanctified.

  • D.

    Sanctification, made available through the Savior, is the process of becoming pure and spotless and of being able to live in the presence of God forever.

Study Sources

New Testament Reading Assignment

Hebrews 7:19-28 and chapters 8 through 10

Course Manual

Chapter 47, “By the Blood Ye Are Sanctified”

Standard Works

Moses 6:59, 60. How long has the doctrine of sanctification through the blood of Christ been a part of the gospel?

D&C 20:31. How is the doctrine of sanctification reiterated in the present dispensation?

D&C 43:11. What is the commandment of the Lord in this verse?

3 Nephi 27:19-21. According to the Lord, what is a basic ingredient to becoming sanctified?

Ephesians 5:26, 27. How does Christ sanctify the Church?

D&C 88:21, 34, 35. How, specifically, may one become sanctified?

D&C 84:33. How can magnifying the priesthood affect an individual?

Moroni 10:30-33. What is the great key to becoming sanctified?

1 Thessalonians 5:23. What is the ultimate goal for a saint of God?

Basic Library

Teachings, pp. 297-98. A broader look at what full salvation includes.

Discourses, p. 389. The way of salvation.

Gos. Doc, pp. 210-17. How can we become purified and sanctified?

DS, 2:9-19. Different kinds of salvation.

M of F, pp. 354-55. Sanctification through overcoming.

Additional Sources

Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 675-76. The doctrines of sanctification.

Marion G. Romney in CR, Oct. 1965, pp. 20-23. On making one’s calling and election sure.

Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3:186-87. By the blood ye are sanctified.

Some Suggestions for Presentation

(Ideas Other Teachers Have Used)

The Types and Shadows of the Mosaic Law and the Coming of Christ (A Chalkboard Discussion)

The instructor could write the following words on the chalkboard: type, shadow, figure, pattern, and remembrance; then he could explain that these are the words Paul used to describe how the performances and ordinances of the law of Moses foreshadowed Christ and the atonement.

Read and discuss briefly verses 13 and 14 of Alma 34, comparing it with Hebrews 9:11-15.

Type or Shadow

In presenting and explaining the recommended passages in this lesson and the source material items, the following chalkboard illustrations may “be helpful:

  1. 1.

    The high priest of the law

  2. 2.

    The holiest place (holy of holies)

  3. 3.

    The blood offerings

  4. 4.

    The priest’s intercession (the blood of the lamb)


  1. 1.


  2. 2.

    Celestial kingdom

  3. 3.

    Christ’s suffering and death

  4. 4.

    Christ’s intercession

The instructor could continue to add to the above lists as he sees valid items in this section of Hebrews.

Progression Toward Sanctification (A Discussion)

The instructor might ask these or other leading questions about each step of progression toward perfection:

  1. 1.

    What is a natural man like? (See Mosiah 3:14; 1 Nephi 17:21; Alma 26:21.)

  2. 2.

    How do we know if we are really progressing?

    The following from the Prophet Joseph Smith could be instructive:

    “Here, then, is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all Gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings, and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power.” (Teachings, pp. 346-47.)

    “We consider that God has created man with a mind capable of instruction, and a faculty which may be enlarged in proportion to the heed and diligence given to the light communicated from heaven to the intellect; and that the nearer man approaches perfection, the clearer are his views, and the greater his enjoyments, till he has overcome the evils of his life and lost every desire for sin; and like the ancients, arrives at that point of faith where he is wrapped in the power and glory of his Maker and is caught up to dwell with Him. But we consider that this is a station to which no man ever arrived in a moment: he must have been instructed in the government and laws of that kingdom by proper degrees, until his mind is capable in some measure of comprehending the propriety, justice, equality, and consistency of the same.” (Teachings, p. 51.)

  3. 3.

    How can I tell if I’m progressing toward sanctification? (See Galatians 5:22-25.)