Sanctification Part One

Posted: January 21, 2009 in Uncategorized

Okay, so far in our trek through Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology,we have discussed “the gospel call (which God addresses to us), regeneration (by which God imparts new life to us), justification (by which God gives us legal right standing before him), and adoption (in which God makes us members of his family).  We have also discussed conversion (in which we repent of sins and trust in Christ for salvation).  These events all occur at the beginning of our Christian lives.”  But now we come to the doctrine of sanctification which is a progressive work…and often a painful one!

Grudem defines sanctification as follows: “sanctification is a progressive work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives.” 

Christians often confuse sanctification with justification but the great and powerful Grudem has provided a handy, dandy chart which “specifies several differences between justification and sanctification”


Legal standing                         Internal condition

Once for all time                       Continuous throughout life

Entirely God’s work                   We cooperate

Perfect in this life                       Not perfect in this life

The same for all Christians    Greater in some than others

As you can see, sanctification is something that continues throughout our Christian life and, as Grudem outlines, is a three stage process but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

Until then, grace and peace.


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