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Guest William

On Sanctification

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Did the reformers then have any doctrine of sanctification?

 

Of course they did.

 

We are all familiar with the biblical announcements as to what is involved sanctification: the word, the sacraments, prayer, fellowship, sharing the gospel, serving God and neighbor, and the reformation tradition acknowledges that there are biblical texts that speak of sanctification as complete already.

 

This is not a perfection which is empirical or observable, but a definitive declaration that because we are "in Christ," we are set apart and holy by his sacrifice (1 cor. 1:30; Heb. 10, etc.).

 

Anybody who is in Christ is sanctified because his holiness is imputed to the christian believer, just as Jesus says in John chapter seventeen, "for them i sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified."

 

God sees the believer as holy. That means that Wesley should not have terrified Christian brethren with texts such as, "without holiness, no one will see the lord." The Christian is holy – it’s all imputed. And then there are texts that say, "be holy as i am holy."

 

What would the reformers do with that?

 

They would say we are called to be holy. but why should we be holy if we are already perfect in Christ?

 

Because we are saved unto good works, not unto licentiousness, according to Romans chapter six; the question has been asked before.

 

The works are done out of thankfulness of heart by the believer who has been saved, not by one who is trying to be saved.

 

Clearly the reformers had a doctrine of sanctification.

 

–– Rod Rosenbladt

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