Feb 17, 2013

SANCTIFICATION AND THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS


I believe sanctification is a progressive and joint work whereby we increase in holiness and become more like Jesus (Rom 8:29; Phil 3:13-21). Sanctification involves the cleaning out of sin by the power of the Holy Spirit, who conforms us into Christ’s image (2 Cor 3:18). There is a past aspect of sanctification (Rom 6:6; 1 Pet 2:24) and there is also a future aspect at our physical death. In God’s presence, we will know him and be like him in a holy state of perfection (Phil 1:6; 1 Thess 3:13; 1 Jn 3:2).

        I believe that all the regenerate will be preserved, kept and guarded by the sustaining power of the Triune God until the end of their lives (Jn 6:38-60; 10:27-30). Christians remain in Christ solely due to God’s sustaining power (Phil 1:6; Rom 8:30, 39) and apostates were never born again (1 Jn 2:19).

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