Bible Commentary on John 10:36

Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi

In John 10:36, we read the following words of Jesus:

“Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?”

The transliteration of this verse in Greek is as follows

hon ho Pateer heegiasen kai apesteilen eis ton kosmon humeis legete hoti Blasfeemeis, hoti eipon, Huios tou Theou eimi?

The word heegiasen is a derivative of hagiazo, which the translators of the KJV Bible translated as “sanctified”. We read the definition of hagiazo as follows:

    Strong’s Number: 37
    Transliterated: hagiazo
    Phonetic: hag-ee-ad’-zo

    Text: from 40; to make holy, i.e. (ceremonially) purify or consecrate; (mentally) to venerate: –hallow, be holy, sanctify.

The word “sanctified” comes from the Latin word sanctus meaning, “holy”. Hence, the word “sanctified” means, “made holy”. Since God is Eternally Holy, and we see that Jesus is claiming that he was made Holy by God, how could one claim Jesus to be GOD, from the beginning? If Jesus was indeed “made holy”, it would be undeniable that he is subject to “The Father” (God Almighty) and wouldn’t that mean a big blow to the Divinity of Jesus?

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