Many Christians are fond of the saying, "No one is more holy than anyone else." Is this biblical? This article shows that it is not by explaining that many neglect the biblical category of the righteous man, the believer who displays a consistency in walking with God.
When God accomplishes radical transformation in us, he does not eliminate any part of what makes us human. Instead, he calls us to live the Christian life with all our human faculties. This article addresses the comments that some make that when it comes to our sanctification, we are completely passive. It shows how Christlikeness requires effort.
This article offers a series of ten biblical steps that will lead the believer in the way of sanctification.
This article explains what transactional sanctification is: we can view our relationship with God as, "I do things for God and God does things for me." The author explains that life with God is not a transaction, since the transaction has already been completed.
What is stopping you as a Christian from sinning? One of the best answers is given by Paul in Romans 6. There he points out that our sanctification cannot be separated from our justification. This article shows that Paul would have us realize that our union with Christ marks every aspect of our salvation, including our justification, sanctification, and glorification.
"Growth in grace" is another way of referring to spiritual growth and is part of sanctification. This article discusses the necessity and signs of spiritual growth. Further, advice is given as to how one can grow in in grace from day to day: devote attention to Scripture, engage in regular fervent prayers, set times of fasting, and pursue spiritual exercises.
This article describes the process of sanctification. There are also counterfeits of sanctification, which include moral value and superstitious belief. The article then touches on why sanctification is necessary, the signs of true sanctification, encouragements for sanctification, and how to attain sanctification.
The author observes that the Christian faith is presented in Scripture in terms such as a race, a spring, a growing child, and a tree, to depict sanctification in the Christian life.
Sanctification in this article is defined as the work of God's grace by which the ones who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are freed from sin and built up in holiness. Further in this article, the author shows how sanctification is distinct from justification. The positions of non-Reformational theologies on the subject are also briefly presented, including the Roman view, the Mystical view, and the Wesleyan view.
What is sanctification? Are there any counterfeits to sanctification? How do I become aware of God's work of sanctification in my life? These are some of the questions that the article deals with. In addition, the article also investigates the necessity of sanctification as well as how such it may be pursued.
In response to the question whether sanctification is a work of God alone or of God and man together, the author answers: neither! He explains that we work out what God works in—yet all the while, it is his power at work.
This article underlines how sanctification is a lifelong process, and that God does not follow a certain schedule but takes his time with us.
Spurgeon begins by defining what justification is, and how it can be distinguished from sanctification. Further, he argues that there must be proper grounds for justification. Then there must also be a means for man to have access to this justification. Finally, this justification when accessed should be manifest.
This article reviews a number of positions held on the nature of salvation. The article refutes the Roman Catholic accusation that the Reformation rejected all works of holiness and the need for moral transformation in the life of converts. Other unbiblical approaches to evangelism are antinomian elements that deny the necessity for commitment to Christ.
What is sanctification? Sanctification refers to the setting apart of Christians and making them holy.
What is freedom? True and real freedom is freedom from the power of sin. This article argues that this is what God gives us through sanctification. The struggle between the new man and old man is explained, as is the comfort the believer has in knowing that he will be totally free from the dominion of sin.
There are different factors that contribute to your sanctification. What are those factors? This article explains five of them.
It seems as if Paul grounds the taking away of the condemnation in Romans 8:1 in the transforming work of the Spirit. This article notes how often this passage suffers under efforts and approaches taken to harmonize it with the traditional Protestant teaching on justification and sanctification. It continues to seek to understand the significance of this passage for Protestant theology.
Understanding the biblical teaching on sanctification depends on how one understands the nature of the work of Christ. This article examines the relation between justification and sanctification and shows how different understandings flow to what the Christian life should be like. It argues that though justification and sanctification are distinct they must not be separated, as this is at the heart of understanding the call to holiness.
As the conclusion to the series, this article holds out the restoration that God in Christ can bring to relationships broken by judgmentalism. Sande gives practical insight on what personal sanctification in this matter of judging might look like. He also speaks of the "expectant charity" we can hold toward someone who has done wrong in the past, as we can expect to observe increasing evidence of God's grace in our own lives and theirs.
How can I know that I am growing as a Christian? This article argues that Christian growth can only be understood by knowing the biblical teaching on sanctification. The article explains that sanctification is rooted in the gospel, motivated by love for Jesus Christ, and produced by the Holy Spirit.
How does the epistle of James portray faith? What is the relation between faith and works in the believer's justification and sanctification? This short response wants to answer these questions as it represents a response to what became known as the "lordship salvation" question and in particular, the way it is expressed by John F. MacArthur.
Gaffin reflects in Chapter 11 on John Calvin’s view of justification and union with Christ in Book 3 of his Institutes of the Christian Religion. Gaffin gives a brief overview of the treatment of justification in successive editions of the Institutes from 1536 to 1559. Next, he considers what Calvin mean by the “double grace” (duplex gratia) that believers receive by union with Christ.
The author attempts to summarize the gospel message according to Paul, as a message of the sacrifice of Christ for the sake of the propitiation of the wrath of God, and for reconciliation and redemption. This gospel message also highlights the aspect of justification by faith, Spirit-authored sanctification, and the glorification of believers.
This chapter is an introduction to John Owen and his most important works on sanctification. Sanctification meant for Owen that Christians are called to learn the art of battle. To fight the battle of faith Owen wants his readers to understand the nature of sin, the complexity of the human heart, and the goodness and provision of God.
This chapter wants to correct a too-narrow focus on motivations for sanctification. DeYoung believes that preachers and counsellors are too limited in the tools available to encourage biblical holiness. He feels that commands, gratitude, and duties are unhelpful on their own. Believers are motivated in different ways. He illustrates from Colossians 3 that there is a wide array of motivations for holiness.
What is a biblical understanding of sanctification? The author explains that Scripture talks about sanctification in two different ways, definitive sanctification and progressive sanctification. He further warns against cheap slogans that communicate unhelpful and even misleading understandings of sanctification. He continues with a discussion of the centrality of union with Christ in believers’ sanctification.
This article shows that sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit, who purifies us from the pollution of sin, restores us to the image of God, and enables us to do good works.
This article shows that sanctification flows from a proper understanding of justification. It is due to our status in Christ that the fight against sin is possible.
How is possible that one can sin against the Holy Spirit? Understanding who the Holy Spirit is is crucial to understanding how can one sin against the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, and a distinct person within the Trinity. He works sanctification in those who believe. The nature of His person and work makes it possible to understand that one can sin against the Holy Spirit.
The struggle with sin in the Christian life can lead one to despair. This article shows that by focusing on the reality of our sanctification - the fact that we have already been made and are daily being made holy, and look forward to the future perfection of our holiness - will result in active waiting. This will shed light at the end of the tunnel.
Reflecting on the modern trend where the self has become the law, this article shows how rebellion against the law can be used by Satan to bring worldliness in the church. The cure can be found in keeping the balance between justification and sanctification. This is the fourth and final article in a series looking at some examples of worldly thinking infiltrating the church.
This article looks at the prevelance of the teaching of moralism in the evangelical church. Using the example of the Avis Car Rental company's slogan "We try harder", the author discusses the dangers of preaching moralism. This teaching undermines the sufficiency of Christ, changing the biblical meanings of justification and sanctification.
"You want to know what your problem is? You don’t love Jesus enough. I know this not because I know you, but because I know me. I’ve got the same problem. My wife has the same problem, as do my kids. The sheep in my flock suffer from the same problem". This article looks at the relation of love for God and sanctification.