Sanctification

Libraries are filled will material and books about sanctification, so much so that I feel no real need to add to the collection.  So I will instead offer what I enjoy from other writers.  The words they have written stir my thoughts, warm my soul, and express my convictions on sanctification.

Deification (sanctification) is the ancient theological word used to describe the process by which a Christian becomes more like God.  St. Peter speaks of this process when he writes, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness … you may be partakers of the divine nature.”

Byzantine – The Orthodox Study Bible – 2 Peter 13:4

In sanctification the one who has been baptized deliberately gives up his right to himself to Jesus Christ, and identifies himself entirely with God’s ministry to others.

Oswald Chambers My Utmost For His Highest – January 10

Sanctification means to be intensely focused on God’s point of view. It means to secure and keep all the strength of our body, soul, and spirit for God’s purpose alone.

Oswald Chambers My Utmost For His Highest – February 8

Progressive sanctification, the process of deification by which a person can be set apart from a sinful walk to a holy practice.

Robert G. Gromacki

How does sanctification take place? Sanctification takes place when we occupy ourselves with the Word of God and focus on spiritual exercises.

Martin Luther – Luther’s Large Catechism

The Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospels, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the entire Christian assembly on earth.

Martin Luther – Luther’s Small Catechism  

LORD is our God, LORD is one! You shall love LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

The Holy Bible Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Reflecting on Chambers, every day we are at a fork in the road, we can deliberately give up our right to be ourselves and wrap ourselves in the blanket of Christ or we can deliberately embrace our right to be ourselves and wrap ourselves in the blanket of our own lives and convictions.  We have Free Will, so the choice is ours, which one will be pick and wear on our travels? But remember this, God is displeased with compromises.  Finally, sanctification is to love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all that you do. 

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