Justification and Sanctification

You cannot receive Christ as your justification only, and then, later, decide to refuse or to accept Him as your sanctification. He is one and indivisible, and if you receive Him at all, at once He is made unto you "wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption." You cannot receive Him as your Saviour only, and later decide to accept or refuse Him as your Lord; for the Saviour is the Lord who by His death has [bought] us and therefore owns us. Sanctification is nowhere taught or offered in the New Testament as some additional experience possible to the believer. It is represented rather as something which is already within the believer, something which he must realise more and more and in which he must grow increasingly. – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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8 thoughts on “Justification and Sanctification

  1. Amen, Mike! When we receive the true Gift of Grace from the Father, we are literally “broken” out of our sinful state and made into a whole new creation (2 Cor. 5:16-17). By the very nature of this transformation, we become “slaves” of Christ (Gal. 1:10) – that is, we cannot (in our own power) reject His law. We don’t become robots; we just stop loving those things that feed the flesh and begin to focus more and more on the things of God. And since both are mutually exclusive, as we move toward a deeper relationship with God, the more we will come to hate the things of this world (Col. 3:7-10).

    Keep it up, Mike! By God’s power, you are making a difference in the Kingdom! May God richly bless your efforts!

    – Steve


  2. When we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ we receive Him in the Person of the Holy Spirit. All the different streams of grace are given in their completeness at that time in Him, the Lord Jesus. If a person was not made a recipient of all the issues of justification, sanctification, regeneration, eternal life, and everything else he did not receive Christ because ALL the promises in Him are yea and amen.

    In reality all the theological issues are in Christ in us, the hope of glory!


  3. Hello Mike,

    This is another good topic that needs discussed openly in the church today. To bad churches today reject doctrine because “doctrine causes division” and so many people are missing out on the Good News as a result.
    Do you think our sanctification, like justification, also comes only through faith in Jesus Christ or do we have to grow into it? I have heard many pastors preach that we must “grow in our sanctification”. By reading my Bible, I always thought that our sanctification was by God. Do you think that sanctification is our responsability? Wasn’t that what Paul rebuked the Galatians for?

    Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh (Galatians 3:3)?

    Am I reading these verses wrong?

    Nor theives, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extorsioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such WERE some of you: but ye are washed, BUT YE ARE SANCTIFIED, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:10,11 KJV).

    Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, TO THEM WHO ARE SANCTIFIED BY GOD the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied (Jude 1,2 KJV).

    Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, TO THEM THAT ARE SANCTIFIED IN CHRIST JESUS, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: (1 Corinthians 1:2 KJV).

    For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethern (Hebrews 2:11KJV).

    By the which will WE are SANCTIFIED THROUGH THE OFFERING OF THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST ONCE for all (Hebrews 10:10 KJV).

    For by ONE OFFERING he hath perfected forever them that are SANCTIFIED (Hebrews 10:14 KJV).

    Wherefore Jesus also, that HE MIGHT SANCTIFY THE PEOPLE WITH HIS OWN BLOOD, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach (Hebrews 13:12,13 KJV).

    Jesus said :

    Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among THEM WHICH ARE SANCTIFIED BY FAITH THAT IS IN ME (Acts 26:17,18 KJV).

    In the Old Testament God sanctified the house (2 Chronicles 7:16), in the New Testement, as you can see by thses verses, God sanctifies the believer (God’s new temple)!!!


  4. Frank,

    No brother, you are not reading them wrong. That is why we need to continually examine ourselves that we be in the faith as John said.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff


  5. It is grievious that much of the modern church for so many years has either not taught this truth or even blantantly taught it’s contradiction. May we walk in the strength of the Spirit and boldly speak this truth.


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