How is sanctification described in Scripture?
Jason Dohm explains in this video that Peter gives a good description of sanctification in 2nd Peter. Sanctification begins inwardly and works its way outward - “Growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Fundamentally then, we see that sanctification is growth, a growth in the knowledge of Christ.
Sanctification does involve certain external changes. These are defined in Scripture, by the commandments of God in both the Old and New Testament. When we do things that God prohibits in Scripture, we are kept from the better things. In contrast, the things that we are commanded to do are acts of love. The laws of God do tell us what the externals should look like, but we shouldn't attempt to mechanically follow them. Rather, they ought to stem from a love for God and His ways.
2 Peter 3:17-18 (NKJV) – “You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”
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