Two-fold definition: Positional/Definitive Sanctification & Progressive Sanctification
What the Bible says about Sanctification in practice
1. Presenting your members not to sin but to righteousness, presenting yourself to God (Rom. 6:1-19)
2. Spiritual Training (Titus 2:11–14)
3. Putting Off / Putting On (Eph. 4:22-24)
4. Putting sin to death (mortification) / Living more to righteousness (vivification) (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3:1-17)
5. Walking by the Spirit (Gal. 2:20; 5:16-18, 20)
6. Taking a vigorous approach to holiness (2 Cor. 7:1; Rom. 7; Gal. 5:17; 1 John 1:8-10)
7. Working out your own salvation in the strength God provides (Phil. 2:12–13)
How to grow in holiness – The Ordinary Means of Grace
Word of God
1. Why is it important to keep our identity in mind when thinking about sanctification?
2. Can we make real progress in growing in holiness?
3. Can we attain perfect sanctification in this life?
4. Which Biblical picture of sanctification resonates with you most?
5. How do we make “diligent use” of the means of grace without falling into a works-based salvation mentality?
For Extra Study:
WSC Q. 33. What is justification?
Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardons all our sins, and accepts us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.
WSC Q. 34. What is adoption?
Adoption is an act of God’s free grace, whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges of the sons of God.
WSC Q. 35. What is sanctification?
Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.
WLC Q. 75. What is sanctification?
Sanctification is a work of God’s grace, whereby they whom God hath, before the foundation of the world, chosen to be holy, are in time, through the powerful operation of his Spirit applying the death and resurrection of Christ unto them, renewed in their whole man after the image of God; having the seeds of repentance unto life, and all other saving graces, put into their hearts, and those graces so stirred up, increased, and strengthened, as that they more and more die unto sin, and rise unto newness of life.
WLC Q. 77. Wherein do justification and sanctification differ?
Although sanctification be inseparably joined with justification, yet they differ, in that God in justification imputes the righteousness of Christ; in sanctification his Spirit infuses grace, and enables to the exercise thereof; in the former, sin is pardoned; in the other, it is subdued: the one doth equally free all believers from the revenging wrath of God, and that perfectly in this life, that they never fall into condemnation; the other is neither equal in all, nor in this life perfect in any, but growing up to perfection.