Sanctification Is Different Than Justification

Sanctification Is Different Than Justification - One is Complete, One is a process

A friend wrote to tell me about an error she found in a Bible study she was doing. Unfortunately, it's a common error of modern Christianity.

The study said sanctification and justification are complete when we commit our lives to Christ and we can add nothing to these things.

My friend understood this was only half right.

We’re justified by the finished work of Christ on the cross. Nothing we do will make us “more justified.”

But sanctification is different.

It’s a process.

The more we yield ourselves to God, the more He changes us.

Philippians 2:12-13 says God is working in us, but it clearly explains our role:

“Continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ].” (Amplified Bible)

When we seriously, passionately pursue God’s will and His ways, we add to (improve) our sanctification (1 Timothy 4:7-8; 1 Corinthians 3:9-15; Philippians 3:12-14).
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Sanctification Is Different Than Justification - One is Complete, One is a process

1 comment:

  1. I live in an area here in southern Kansas where a whole division of Mennonites seems to mistake Sanctification and Justification. Prominent in their teaching is the belief that one can never be Sure they are headed for heaven. One sin, one slight misstep anywhere between here and the grave, unconfessed, and we won't make it! They call "knowing for sure" heresy and arrogant. According to them one must be *daily diligent and ever *faithful (to the teachings of "their" church, and the Bible) to have the best shot at heaven.
    --LS

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