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Justification – Sanctification Difference

Authors: Bobby Holmes and Mark Roberts

I. Error

    • 1. “Justification is done by God, makes one right with Him. Sanctification is an ongoing process wrought by the Spirit.”
      1. Romans 5:1-5, 17; 8:1ff
      2. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4
      3. 2 Thessalonians 2:13
  • A. Neo-Calvinists: B. Passages Misused

II. Truth

      • a) 1 John 3:7
        b) Romans 3:24-26; 4:21-25; 5:1
        a) James 2:24-25
        b) Romans 3:26
        a) Luke 7:29; 10:29; 16:15
    • 1. Simply means to pronounce righteous. Comes from the same Greek root word as righteous (didasko).
      2. God pronounces righteous when we obey Him: 3. Word is used for saints and aliens – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
      4. Justification is conditional

      5. “Justify” refers to man’s actions:

      • a) Acts 20:32
        b) 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
        a) 1 Corinthians 6:11
        b) 2 Corinthians 7:1
    • 1. Means “separation, set apart”
      2. “To purify from sin” – 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 5:26
      3. Sanctification happens at the point of salvation, and is an ongoing process 4. It is seen as completed action and a continuing process:

  • A. Justification B. Sanctification