In this session, we discuss chapter 13 of the 1689 confession, titled, “Of Sanctification.” It is important that we have a biblical view of sanctification, and avoid the traps that lie on both sides of the road on this issue. Justification and sanctification are different, but they are always together. Those whom God has saved and justified, He will sanctify. You cannot have justification without sanctification.
We need to avoid the view that one can be saved, yet show no signs of being sanctified. If you are not being chastised and disciplined by the Lord, you are not His child (Heb. 12:8). You will not see the Lord if you are not holy (Heb. 12:14).
We also need to avoid the view that there can be a point in this life where we are perfect, completely free of sin. Though we are sanctified by our Father in heaven in this life, we will never be perfect until we are glorified and in His presence for all eternity.
Even when we are saved, corruptions still remain. There is a battle that must be fought. We need to be mortifying our sin, by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:13). We must never forget the means of sanctification: the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. The Word of God is our guide, showing us the way of righteousness, and it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can walk in His statutes (Ezek. 36:27).
What comes to your mind when you think of sanctification? You can download our lecture on this doctrine. Go to the download page for the lecture on chapter 13.
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