SPECIAL TOPIC:  NT HOLINESS / SANCTIFICATION

The NT asserts that when sinners turn to Jesus in repentance and faith (cf. Mark 1:15; Acts 3:16,19; 20:21), 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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