Sanctification by Faith


'If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.'
-Colossians 3:1-3

'But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you have been saved- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.' 
- Ephesians 2:4-7 

'For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.' 
- Galatians 3:27

'Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.'
- 1 Cor. 6:9-11

'Without our earning it, God declares us holy (sanctified) by virtue of our union with Christ.'
- Bryan Chapell, Holiness by Grace, p. 48

When we think about our sanctification, or our being made holy, we often mistakenly place an emphasis upon the progressive aspect of this part of our salvation. And while this is true, we must never forget that our sancitification is also definitive. It is correct, in one sense, to describe our sanctification as synergistic, but we must never emphasize the part we play in the pursuit of godliness to the detriment of our understanding that our sanctification is as settled as our justification. Christ has made the Christian holy. His righteousness, as demonstrated in His perfect obedience to the Law has been given to us. We cannot improve upon the holiness we have received from Him. Not only are we being sanctified, we have been sanctified. Period. Unfortunately, this causes a great deal of confusion in the Christian life. We often think that what has begun as a work of God in us by grace we finish by human effort. Like justification, sanctification will be shown to be God's work in us both definitively and progressively.

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