SPECIAL TOPIC:  NT HOLINESS / SANCTIFICATION

The NT asserts that when sinners turn to Jesus in repentance and faith, they are instantaneously justified and sanctified.  This is their new position in Christ.  His righteousness has been imputed to them (cf.  Gen. 15:6; Romans 4).  They are declared right and holy (a forensic act of God).

But the NT also urges believers on to holiness or sanctification.  It is both a theological position in the finished work of Jesus Christ and a call to be Christlike in attitude and actions in daily life.  As salvation is a free gift and a cost-everything lifestyle, so too, is sanctification.

 

Initial Response A Progressive Christlikeness
  Acts 26:18
Romans 15:16
1 Corinthians 1:2-3; 6:11
2 Thessalonians 2:13
Hebrews 2:11; 10:10,14; 13:12
2 Peter 1:2
  Romans 6:19
2 Cor. 7:1
Ephesians 1:4; 2:10
1 Thess. 3:13; 4:3-4,7; 5:2
1 Timothy 2:15
2 Timothy 2:21
1 Peter 1:15-16
Hebrews 12:14

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