Chapter 13: Of Sanctification

PARA 1 – They who are united to Christ, effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection, are also farther sanctified, really and personally, through the same virtue, by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them; the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed, and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified, and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces, to the practice of all true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

OUTLINE

  1. Who will be sanctified?
    • They who are united to Christ, effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection, are also farther sanctified
  2. How will they be sanctified?
    • really and personally, through the same virtue,
  3. By what means will they be sanctified?
    • by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them; t
  4. What happens in sanctification?
    1. the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed, and
    2. the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified, and
    3. they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces,
    4. to the practice of all true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

PARA 2 – Process of sanctification is a lifetime continual and irreconcilable war!

                This sanctification is throughout the whole man, yet imperfect in this life; there abideth still some remnants of corruption in every part, whence ariseth a continual and irreconcilable war; the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.

PARA 3 – The final victory of sanctification

In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevail, yet through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcome; and so the saints grow in grace, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, pressing after an heavenly life, in evangelical obedience to all the commands which Christ as Head and King, in His Word hath prescribed them.

OUTLINE

  1. Sanctification through conflict
    • In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevail, yet through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ,
  2. Five fruits of Sanctification
    1. the regenerate part doth overcome; and
    2. so the saints grow in grace
    3. perfecting holiness in the fear of God,
    4. pressing after an heavenly life,
    5. in evangelical obedience to all the commands which Christ as Head and King, in His Word hath prescribed them.

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