Grace and Mercy: Two gifts that set Christianity apart from any other religion

Grace Plus Nothing

By Jeff Harkin
Chapter 12: Working Definitions for Justification and Sanctification

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   Justification and Sanctification

» Sanctification Does Not Cause

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The articles posted in this section are sample chapters from the book, Grace Plus NothingOff-site Link by Jeff Harkin.

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Working Definitions for Justification and Sanctification

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As used in the Bible, sanctified means simply set apart for the Lord and for his purposes. It means dedicated to the Lord. That which is set apart and dedicated for the Lord is considered holy.

Our sanctification actually fulfils an often-expressed desire that is deep in the heart of God. At least fourteen times in Scripture, one way or another, he declares, "And they shall be My people, and I will be their God." See, for example, Leviticus 26:12Off-site Link; Jeremiah 11:4Off-site Link; 30:22Off-site Link; 32:38Off-site Link; Revelation 21:1-3Off-site Link - and there are many more references.

The Lord desires a people. There is a real sense in which all of history is the story of God's search for a people he can call his own. This is what being the Bride of Christ is all about.

Our sanctification, our being set apart for him alone, fulfils his desire.

What we shall see in Grace plus Nothing is that whoever is set aside for God alone has been set aside by grace alone. And there is no other way.

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