The words justification and sanctification have largely fallen out of use in Western culture. Sadly, they are also fading from sight in the church as well. One reason for this decline is distressing is that the Bible uses the words justification and sanctification to express the saving work of of Christ for sinners. So what does the Bible teach about justification and sanctification? How do they differ from one another? How do they help us understand better the believers relationship with Christ?
Justification is as simple as A-B-C. Justification is an act of God. It does not describe the way that God inwardly renews and changes a person. It is rather, a legal declaration in which God pardons the sinner of all his sins and accept and accounts the sinner as righteous in His sight. God declares the sinner righteous at the very moment that the sinner puts his trust in Jesus (Romans 3:21-26, 5:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21).
What is the basis of this legal verdict? God justifies the sinner solely on the basis of the obedience and death of His Son, our representative. Jesus Christ. Christ’s perfect obedience and full satisfaction for sin are the only ground upon which God declares the sinner righteous (Romans 5:18-19; Galatians 3:13; Ephesians 1:7;Philippians 2:8). We are not justified solely on the basis of Christ’s work on our behalf. This righteousness is imputed to the sinner. In other words in justification, God puts the righteousness of His Son onto the sinner’s account. Just as my sins were transferred to, or laid upon, Christ at the cross, so also His righteousness is reckoned to me (2 Corinthians 5:21).
By what means at the center justified? Sinners are justified through faith alone when they compact their crush in Christ. We are not justified because of any good that we have done, are doing, or will do. Faith is only an instrument of justification, faith add nothing to what Christ has done for us in justification. Faith merely receives the righteousness of Christ offered in the gospel (Romans 4:4-5).
Finally, saving faith must demonstrate itself to be the genuine article of producing good works. It is possible to confess saving faith but not possess having saving faith (James 2:14-25). What distinguishes true faith from a mere claim to faith is the presence of good works (Galatians 5:6). We are in no way just justified for our good work. But no one may consider himself to be a justified person unless he sees in his life that fruit and evidence of justifying faith; that is, good works.
Both justification and sanctification are gracious of the gospel, they always accompany one another. They deal with the center sin. But they differ in some important ways. First, word yesterday for cake and address of the guilt of our sin, sanctification addresses the dominion and corruption of sin in our lives. Justification is God declaring the sinner righteous.
Sanctification is God renewing and transforming our whole persons – our minds, wills, affections, and behaviors. Sanctification simply put made “set apart” Set apart unto God for His use and glory. Until we are sanctified, God is limited and he should be will be show case as His is crown of glory and His royal diadem. It’s the delivery choice to live a holy and blameless life before God and Man and it doesn’t happen by chance, only by choice. You must want to choose to be sanctified by God by casting aside your own which is in desired and diligently following and obeying God.
It isn’t always easy, but God strength is made perfect in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and a silver, but also award and of earth, and some few honor armor and some fidgets on her. It’s a man beer for purchase himself from the Eashalle be a vessel up on her, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepare unto every great work.Timothy 2:20-21
What will believers receive in heaven? We are sanctified by our great works. God promises those who are faithful will receive the crown in heaven. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Paul describes or us how we crowns are rewarded.