Sanctification involves more than a just reformation of our old nature or our character, brought about by the power of the truth of God’s Word, but it is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing the whole nature more and more under the influences of the new principles implanted in the soul. In other words, sanctification is the carrying on to perfection the work begun in regeneration, and it extends to the whole man (Romans 6:13; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Colossians 3:10; 1 John 4:7; 1 Corinthians 6:19).
It is the special work of the Holy Spirit in the plan of redemption to carry on this work (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13). Faith is instrumental in sanctification, because:
- It secures our crucifixion with Christ Galatians 2:20.
- It brings us into contact with the truth, whereby we are led to yield ouR obedience to Him.
Let me say that perfect sanctification is not attainable in this life (1 Kings 8:46; Proverbs 20:9; Ecclesiastes 7:20; James 3:2; 1 John 1:8).
- One need only look at Paul’s account of himself in Romans 7:14-25; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Timothy 1:15.
- David Psalm 19:12, 13; 51:1-19.
- Moses Psalm 90:8.
- Job 42:5, 6.
- Daniel 9:3-20.
Listen to this statement: “The more holy a man is, the more humble, self-renouncing, self-abhorring, and the more sensitive to every sin he becomes, and the more closely he clings to Christ. The moral imperfections which cling to him he feels to be sins, which he laments and strives to overcome. ” Hodge’s Outlines Easton’s Dictionary.