Justification And Sanctification?

What’s The Difference Between
Justification And Sanctification?

Sanctification is to make or declare Holy. In various places the word is translated “consecrate, dedicate,” and is applied to any person, place, or object “set apart” from common use and devoted to God As priests understood the purity of God they developed two laws.

(1) Persons and things devoted to God must be ritually clean, not merely set apart. Priests and sacrifices alike could not include the maimed or deformed. Laws of “uncleanness,” were prescribed to ensure sanctity in whatever approaches the temple. (2) Based on Lev. 17-26, “You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.” “Be ye holy for I am holy” (20:26; 19:2; I Pet. 1:15-16); “holiness” demanded love for God, clean living, compassion, commercial honesty, and love for fellow man.

There is a difference between Justification and Sanctification:

Justification – This concerns the Sinner and is referred to in differing terms. In
justification tire terms which are used to designate this experience:

(a) Justified: That is, the judicial aspect; the adjustment of the penitent in his legal relationships, bringing him into harmony with the law of God and thereby securing peace. See Ro. 5:1,9,16; 8:33; Gal. 2:16; Tit. 3:7.

(b) Forgiven: That is, the Sovereign aspect; Heaven’s Monarch showing mercy to the rebel. Acts 26:18; I John 1:9.

(c) Born Again: That is the parental aspect; the believer is begotten again by an act of devine grace and power and receives newness of life. John 3:1‑8; I Pet. 1:23.

(d) Adopted: That is the family aspect; God taking the repentant as His child. Ro. 8:15; Gal. 4:5: Eph. 1:5.

To these great spiritual facts the Holy Spirit bears witness within the believer. That witness is the birth certificate of his soul. Ro. 8:16; Gal. 4:6; 1 John 5:10.

(a) Sanctification- In its wider sense, the term includes all those effects of God’s word produced on the heart and life of man, beginning with his rebirth from spiritual death to spiritual life and culminating in spiritual perfection in life eternal. Some terms used to designate this experience are:

(b) Positional Sanctification-This is to be a holiness which is positional but trot experiential. All redeemed are saints, and holy even though they are still being sanctified by the work of the Holy Spirit through the Scriptures and will never be completely sanctified until Christ comes again. I Cor. 1:1-2.

(c) Initial Sanctification- In the moment we are justified, the seed of every virtue is then sown in the soul. From that time on the believer gradually dies to sin, and grows in grace. At the same time we are justified, in that very moment sanctification begins. In that instant we are born again, born from above, born of the Spirit: there is a real as well as a relative change. We are inwardly renewed by the power of God. (J.W.)

(d) Progressive Sanctification- This 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.

(e) Entire Sanctification / Perfection- Perhaps no term has brought more reaction and criticism to the holiness movement than the term perfection. (J.W.). ” By perfection I mean the humble, gentle, patient love of God, and our neighbor, ruling our tempers, words, and actions. There is no such perfection in this life, as implies an entire deliverance, either from ignorance, or mistake, in things not essential to salvation, or from manifold temptations, or from numberless infirmities, wherewith the corruptible body more or less presses down the soul.”

The difference between Justification and Sanctification:

a.  In Justification there is Life.
In Sanctification there is life more abundant.

b. In Justification there is love.
In Sanctification there is perfect love which casts out fear.

c.  In Justification there is peace with God.
In Sanctification there is tire peace of God.

d.    Justification gives the right to heaven.
Sanctification gives fitness for heaven.

e. In Justification we put on the new man.
In Sanctification we put off the old rnan and his deeds.

f.    Justification includes pardon, a judicial act.
Sanctification includes cleansing a priestly function.

g.   Justification is obtained by surrender, repentance, and faith.
Sanctification is obtained by obedience, consecration, and faith.

h.    Justification delivers from guilt and condemnation.
Sanctification delivers unholy tempers arid abnormal appetites.

i.    Justification has to do with sin as an act- sins committed.
Sanctification has to do with sin as a principle – the sin nature.

j.    Justification imparts a spiritual nature, brining unto us eternal life.
Sanctification makes us dead unto sin.

k.    Justification separates us from the world.
Sanctification takes the world out of us.

l.   Justification has to do with sirs as an act – sins committed.
Sanctification has to do with sin as a principle – the sin nature.

m.    Justification imparts a spiritual nature, bringing unto us eternal life.
Sanctification makes us dead unto sin.

n.    Justification separates us from the world.
Sanctification takes the world out of us.

Contributed by Rev. Alex Hoover