Sanctification begins in regeneration. The Spirit of God infuses into
man that new living principle by which he becomes "a new creature" in
Christ Jesus. This work, which begins in the new birth, is carried on
in two ways-mortification, whereby the lusts of the flesh are subdued
and kept under; and vivification, by which the life which God has put
within us is made to be a well of water springing up unto everlasting
which the Christian is preserved and continued in a gracious state, and
is made to abound in good works unto the praise and glory of God; and
it culminates or comes to perfection, in "glory," when the soul, being
thoroughly purged, is caught up to dwell with holy beings at the right
hand of the Majesty on high. But while the Spirit of God is thus the
author of sanctification, yet there is a visible agency employed which
must not be forgotten.
thy word is truth." The passages of Scripture which prove that the
instrument of our sanctification is the Word of God are very many. The
Spirit of God brings to our minds the precepts and doctrines of truth,
and applies them with power.
received in the heart, they work in us to will and to do of God's good
the truth, we shall not grow in sanctification. We only progress in
sound living as we progress in sound understanding.
a mere matter of opinion." No man indulges an error of judgment,
without sooner or later tolerating an error in practice. Hold fast the
truth, for by so holding the truth shall you be sanctified by the
Spirit of God.