Justification & Sanctification

Ed Stetzer writes:

The following list is taken from C.J. Mahaney’s work, Living the Cross Centered Life (pages 118-119). Mahaney’s comparisons offer a helpful way to look at the two doctrines.

  • Justification is being declared righteous. Sanctification is being made righteous – being conformed to the image of Jesus.
  • Justification is our position before God, a position that becomes permanently ours at the time of our conversion. Sanctification is our practice that continues throughout our life on earth.
  • Justification is immediate and complete upon conversion. You’ll never be more justified that you are the first moment you trust in the Person and finished work of Christ.
  • Sanctification is a progressive process. You’ll be more sanctified as you continue in grace motivated obedience.
  • Justification is objective – Christ’s work for us. Sanctification is subjective – Christ’s work within us.

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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