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December 17, 2007 / Daniel

The Holy Spirit in the Christian Life

Reformed Christians often distinguish between justification and sanctification.  In this system, justification happens at conversion and sanctification is a process of purification of sin in the Christian life.  From my reading of Scripture, I’m convinced that sanctification is not just a process but it is also a position that we have in Christ.  With that in mind, here’s what I wrote for my project on sanctification.   

I believe that the Spirit works within the life of the believer to purify us from sin (Rom. 8:9-13: Gal. 5:16-26; 1 John 3:1-3). Scripture teaches that all believers have been sanctified by God’s grace and that now we are called to live as His holy people (Matt. 5:48; 1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11; 1 Pet. 1:13-16). Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we will become in practice what we already have in position (Rom. 6; Phil. 3:12-16).

I believe that the Christian has been empowered by God’s grace to grow in his faith towards spiritual maturity (1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 6:1; 1 Pet. 2:1-2). While the Christian will never attain sinless perfection in this life, he should make significant progress (Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 1:5-2:2; 3:6-10).

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  1. Matthew C / Dec 17 2007 8:22 am

    You don’t believe in carnal Christians?

  2. Daniel / Dec 18 2007 1:32 am

    I suppose that I do, but we often make too much of it. Some folks make it sound like that is normal Christianity.

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