Sanctification: Basis – Pt. 4

Nothing is more valuable than aligning one’s perspective regarding the basis of sanctification. If one assumes the wrong basis, consequently, the means, results, and even permanence will be skewed or completely misguided.

Therefore one ought to be blunt: “Sanctification is not an attainment.”[1] Man’s sanctification was only brought upon by the sanctification completed by Christ Himself (cf. John 17:19). The blood spilt by Jesus Christ has completed the consecration that no man could have attained in attempts infinity (Hebrews 13:13; cf. Romans 8:7). Foundational to holiness is the idea that man cannot conquer such a status further than the one that has already been bestowed upon him by God. “It is not something for which a man works; it is a gift. It is not a thing that a man grows into; it is a given thing, which he receives.”[2] Hence, if man cannot achieve it, then he cannot establish it. ‘The God of peace Himself’, and the divine hand of the Spirit, is left to build its genesis in the heart of man (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Thus it is necessary to view all aspects of sanctification in light of God’s gracious stirring. For, it would certainly be imprudent to value the ‘gold’ over ‘the temple that sanctified the gold’ (Matthew 23:17). “The summons to present oneself wholly to God… must not be severed from the prevenient grace of God, for it is based on it and flows from it.”[3] God has called the dead man to be alive for his sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:7).[4]


[1] Charles E. Brown, The Meaning of Sanctification (James L. Fleming, 2005), 33.


[2] Brown, The Meaning of Sanctification, 33.


[3] Schreiner, Romans, 643.


[4] A not too misaligned side note: notice that man was not only called by God to be resurrected, but also purified. Indeed, one could not be rendered without the other.


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