Article 16 – Sanctification

Articles of Faith

16-1. Sanctification is a progressive work of the Holy Spirit in the believer1 that purifies the life2 and conforms the whole man to the image of Christ as the Word of God is believed and obeyed.3 It begins at regeneration,4 continues throughout the believer’s life5 on earth, and reaches its completion at the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Cor.3:18). 

2 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality (1 Thes.4:3). 

3 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth (John 17:17). 

4 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Cor.6:11). 

5 And to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold (Eph.4:24,26,27). 

6 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thes.5:23).

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