Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 16

The Doctrine of Sanctification

(Being Declared Holy)


1. Sanctification is what God does about sin in the life of the believer. It means to set apart of God and for His service (Exodus 28:29). Sanctification is that gracious and continuous operation of the Holy Spirit by which He delivers the justified sinner from the pollution of sin, renews His whole nature in the image of God and enables Him to perform good works.


2. Sanctification is IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS. God looks at us in our sin and applies to us the righteousness of Christ and DECLARES US TO BE JUST.


3. To set apart is separation from everything that is profane or unclean or impure. It means anything that is devoted entirely to God, presented to God that He may use it for His service. John 10:36


4. Being set apart for God does not make us holy, we are REGARDED as holy. It means a certain work of purification and cleansing goes on within us, which makes us conform more and more to the Lord Jesus Christ and changes us into His image from glory to glory.
5. What is our position as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ?
a. We have a new nature.
b. We are born again.
c. We are in union with Christ.
e. We are adopted into the family of God.
f. We still have sin in our lives. We have not suddenly been made perfect.


5. Sanctification is God’s way of dealing with the problem of sin and our regeneration and justification. Sanctification must always be in regards to our relationship to God, our standing in His presence.



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