“Sanctification is applied justification. By its very nature justification does not have a progressive character. It is God’s declaration of righteousness.” (i)
Daily applying the truth of your justification, therefore progressively closing the gap between what is true in reality and what is true experientially.
Closing the gap between who you are declared to be and who you are becoming because of who you already are. Chew on that for a minute.
“In sanctification, the believer is simply applying the implications of his or her justification.”
We are on a journey fraught with hills and valleys. As we proceed through life God is making us more like His Son. “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29. This journey in which we are progressively being sanctified is from A-Z (‘A’ being conversion and ‘Z’ being glory) but not necessarily in that order for everyone. For some it is A, L, S, F, P, J… Z; for another it is A, R, M, K, S, P, J, O…Z.
God is at work in the life of every believer, manifesting the reality of her justification in her experience as He, by His grace, progressively sanctifies her for His purposes and glory.
May you be encouraged, wherever you are on this journey, that God is at work in your life. He promises so. “…being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
Diane Hunt is a Biblical Counselor, Women’s conference and retreat speaker and author. She serves as the Director of Partner Care and Director of Women’s Ministries at America’s Keswick. She and her husband John have two married children and four grandchildren. She loves reveling in warm sunny climates and playing with her grandchildren.
i Bradford Mullen. “Sanctification” http://www.biblestudytools.com accessed 6.23.15