Musings on…..Sanctification: Quotable Quotes


There is no justification without sanctification, no forgiveness with our renewal of life, no real faith from which the fruits of new obedience do not grow”

~ Martin Luther


A rigorous doctrine of imputation is not only limiting but ends up doing a disservice to the nature of grace and justification. It makes the transactions of the gospel basically juridical. In the Roman view, justification and sanctification are a seamless fabric. It is more than a question of God simply seeing us through a legal scrim of Christ’s righteousness. Righteousness actually begins to transform us.

~Thomas Howard


Our sanctification does not depend upon changing our works, but in doing that for God’s sake which we commonly do for our own. The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer.
~Brother Lawrence
Tell me not of your justification, unless you have also some marks of sanctification. Boast not of Christ’s work for you, unless you can show us the Spirit’s work in you.
~J.C. Ryle
God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way.
~Max Lucado
The nature of Christ’s salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day evangelist. He announces a Savior from hell rather than a Savior from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of Fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness.
~A.W. Pink
In efficacious grace we are not merely passive, nor yet does God do some and we do the rest. But God does all, and we do all. God produces all, we act all. For that is what produces, viz. our own acts. God is the only proper author and fountain; we only are the proper actors. We are in different respects, wholly passive and wholly active.
~Jonathan Edwards
It is terrible to find how little progress one’s philosophy and charity have made when they are brought to the test of domestic life.
~C.S. Lewis
Tell me not of your justification, unless you have also marks of sanctification. Boast not of Christ’s work for you, unless you can show us the Spirit’s work in you.
~J.C. Ryle
Sanctification is not to be understood here as a separation from ordinary use or consecration to some special use, although this meaning is often present in Scripture, sometimes referring to outward and sometimes to inward or effectual separation.
~William Ames
Saving faith is an immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, resting upon Him alone, for justification, sanctification, and eternal life by virtue of God’s grace.
~Charles Spurgeon

Sanctification is not regeneration.
~Matthew Simpson


Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification.
~John Donne


The starting point of sanctification is the filthiness, corruption, or stain of sin.
~William Ames


Sanctification is the real change in man from the sordidness of sin to the purity of God’s image.
~William Ames


[I’m digging this Willie Ames guy, I just saved his theology book on amazon]


Sanctification sucks.

~the Home Engineer

[but I do know why I go thru it, and I do know why I need it]

From the Holy Word, click on blue links to see the full context of the passages:

Ro 6:19 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek] I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in {further} lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.

 Ro 6:22 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek] But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.

 1Co 1:30 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek] But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,  

1Th 4:3 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek] For this is the will of God, your sanctification; {that is,} that you abstain from sexual immorality;  1Th 4:4 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek] that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,

 1Th 4:7 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek] For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.  

2Th 2:13 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek] But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.

 Heb 12:14 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]

Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.  



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