Sanctification Is A Work Of God’s Grace: Resources On Sanctification

By Dr. R. Scott Clark - Posted at The Heidelblog:

It is held by some who think of themselves as evangelical and Reformed that justification is by grace alone (sola gratia) but sanctification is by grace and works, i.e., that it is synergistic. To my great shame, I remember once answering a student’s question by affirming this error. I did so because I feared that denying sanctification by grace and works was antinomian. Nevertheless, it is not true. The Reformed confession is that sanctification, just like justification, is by grace alone. On this we should all agree with the Westminster Assembly, whom no one could ever consider antinomian.

Q. 35. What is sanctification? 
A. Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness (Shorter Catechism).
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