Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Quotes on Sanctification

After my recent post on “The Importance of Sanctification” I wanted to post some quotes from “Smart People” regarding Sanctification:

Sanctification is a work in us, not a work for us. It is a work in us, and there are two agents: one is the worker who works this sanctification effectually – that is the Spirit; and the other, the efficacious means by which the Spirit works this sanctification – Jesus Christ, and His most precious blood. Imagine, to put it as plainly as we can, there is a garment that needs to be washed. There is a person to wash it, and there is a bath in which it is to be washed. In terms of sanctification, the person is the Holy Spirit, but the bath is the precious blood of Christ. It is entirely correct to speak of the person cleansing as being the sanctifier. It is quite as accurate to speak of that which is in the bath and which makes the garment clean, as being the sanctifier too. So, the Spirit of God sanctifies us through the blood of Christ, through the water that flowed with the blood from Christ’s side… The Spirit renews and changes the nature, turns the bias of the will, and makes us seek that which is good and right, so that every good thing in us may be described as “the fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22), and all our virtues and all our graces are efficiently worked in us by the Spirit of the living God. Never, never, never forget this.
- Charles Spurgeon, The Key to Holiness


Since faith embraces Christ, as offered to us by the Father [cf. John 6:29]—that is, since he is offered not only for righteousness, forgiveness of sins, and peace, but also for sanctification [cf. 1 Cor. 1:30] and the fountain of the water of life [John 7:38; cf. ch. 4:14]—without a doubt, no one can duly know him without at the same time apprehending the sanctification of the Spirit. Or, if anyone desires some plainer statement, faith rests upon the knowledge of Christ. And Christ cannot be known apart from the sanctification of his Spirit. It follows that faith can in no wise be separated from a devout disposition.

~ John Calvin ~


We could not take one step in the pursuit of holiness if God in His grace had not first delivered us from the dominion of sin and brought us into union with His risen Son. Salvation is by grace and sanctification is by grace.

~Jerry Bridges~


We are brought into God's Kingdom by grace; we are sanctified by grace; we receive both temporal and spiritual blessings by grace; we are motivated to obedience by grace; we are called to serve and, finally, we are glorified by grace. The entire Christian life is lived under the reign of God's grace.

~Jerry Bridges~


The Christian life requires hard work. Our sanctification is a process wherein we are coworkers with God. We have the promise of God's assistance in our labor, but His divine help does not annul our responsibility to work (Phil. 2:12-13).

~R.C. Sproul~


John Piper recently spoke at a conference on this very topic addressing his own areas of sin that he’s recently struggled with and came head-to-head with during his nearly year long sabbatical. He did a much better job at articulating all of this – It’s called I Act the Miracle and you can either watch it or read it. I highly recommend it – it’s great.

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