In a narrow sense, sanctification is the spiritual growth (1 Co 3:9; 9:24; Eph 4:15; Ph 3:12) that follows justification (Mt 7:1618; Jn 3:6; Eph 2:10). By God's grace (Gl 5:2223; Ph 2:13) a Christian cooperates in this work (2 Co 6:1; 7:1; Ph 2:12; 1 Ti 4:14; FC SD II 6566); through the Holy Spirit's work faith is increased daily, love strengthened, and the image of God renewed (cf., e.g., Jn 14:26; 16:1314; Ro 6:1523; 8:1516, 26; 14:17; 15:13; 1 Co 12:711; Gl 5:1618; 2 Ptr 3:18). A believer's good works are not perfect; but sins of weakness are forgiven (Jn 15:3). Sanctification differs in the same Christian at different times (Ro 7:1419; Gl 2:11; 5:17; 1 Jn 1:8).
God works sanctification only through the means of grace.*
The most comforting part of the doctrine of sanctification is that which speaks of the completion of sanctification in heaven (Ps 17:15; I Co 13:12; 15:2057; Rv 7:917; 21:47). RLS
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