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Sanctification

(Tenet No. 4)

1. What is the meaning of the word “Sanctify”?
It signifies a setting apart of anyone or anything, to a holy and religious use (2nd Chron. 29:16,17, 2nd Tim. 2:21)

2. What does the sanctification of a believer mean?
Sanctification means the enabling of the believer by the Holy Spirit to live in perfect union with the will of God. (Eph. 4:24)

3. What is the difference between justification and sanctification?
Justification has to do with our standing before God, and sanctification with our state before God. (Rom. 3:24, 1st Cor. 6:11)

4. Is it possible to be sanctified without being justified?
No. For God only sanctifies those who are justified. (1st Cor. 1:30)

5. Is sanctification an interior work?
It is that work of God which sets the believer free from the power of sin, so that sin shall not have dominion over him. (Rom. 6:14, Heb. 9:13-14)

6. Does Scripture describe this interior work?
”Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 11, 6:19)

7. Is this work an instantaneous work?
In response to living faith, God does an instantaneous work. (Rom. 6:6)

8. Is sanctification a process as well as an act?
Yes. It is a daily walk in the Spirit, an abiding in the Vine. (Gal. 5:16, John 15:6)

9. Has the believer a responsibility to make the process effective in his life?
Yes. He must adopt an attitude of being dead to sin and alive unto God, reckoning himself crucified with Christ, and alive with Him in His resurrection life. (Rom. 6:6-13, Gal. 5:16, 1st Pet. 4:1)

10. Does sanctification bring Christian character to maturity?
Yes. Because it exercises us unto godliness and this leads to full maturity. (Phil. 2:12-15, 2nd Pet. 1:3-8)