Sanctification is…

  • Sanctification, then, is the invariable result of that vital union with Christ which true faith gives to a Christian.
  • Sanctification, again, is the outcome and inseparable consequence of regeneration.
  • Sanctification, again, is the only certain evidence of that indwelling of the Holy Spirit which is essential to salvation.
  • Sanctification, again, is the only sure mark of God’s election.
  • Sanctification, again, is a thing that will always be seen. (p. 23)
  • Sanctification, again, is a thing for which every believer is responsible.
  • Sanctification, again, is a thing which admits of growth and degrees.
  • Sanctification, again, is a thing which depends greatly on a diligent use of scriptural means.
  • Sanctification, again, is a thing which does not prevent a man having a great deal of inward spiritual conflict.
  • Sanctification, again, is a thing which cannot justify a man, and yet it pleases God.
  • Sanctification, again, is a thing which will be found absolutely necessary as a witness to our character in the great day of judgment.
  • Sanctification, in the last place, is absolutely necessary, in order to train and prepare us for heaven.
  • True sanctification then does not consist in talk about religion.
  • True sanctification does not consist in temporary religious feelings.
  • True sanctification does not consist in outward formalism and external devoutness.
  • Sanctification does not consist in retirement from our place in life, and the renunciation of our social duties.
  • Sanctification does not consist in the occasional performance of right actions. (p. 32)
  • Genuine sanctification will show itself in habitual respect to God’s law, and habitual effort to live in obedience to it as the rule of life.
  • Genuine sanctification will show itself in an habitual endeavour to do Christ’s will, and to live by His practical precepts.
  • Genuine sanctification will show itself in an habitual desire to live up to the standard which St. Paul sets before the churches in his writings.
  • Genuine sanctification will show itself in habitual attention to the active graceswhich our Lord so beautifully exemplified, and especially to the grace of charity.
  • Genuine sanctification, in the last place, will show itself in habitual attention to the passive graces of Christianity.

J.C. Ryle

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