Sunday Quote!- Sanctification by Faith Alone?

J.W. Wartick - Reconstructing Faith

sanctification-kapicEvery Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

Sanctification by Faith Alone?

Sanctification: Explorations in Theology and Practice is a thought-provoking collection essays on, well, sanctification. This is a topic I find very interesting and one which seems to need more focus and development in systematics.

One of the chapters, Richard Lints argues that sanctification is something that we receive by faith alone–in contrast to views which argue that it is some later co-operation between the Spirit and the believer to do good works. I hope I’m not misrepresenting his view, as I admit I have read very little on the topic. Thus, I’ll let him make his argument for himself:

The gospel is received rather than achieved…

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3 thoughts on “Sunday Quote!- Sanctification by Faith Alone?

  1. I do think sanctification is a gift from God; I think faith plays an important role in sanctification particularly as the outworking of faith (trust) in God and Christ. I think genuine sanctification would be motivated by trust in the Gospel and that’s one distinguishing mark from that of self-righteous work. I think though to think sanctification is only faith without a proper understanding of it’s role to works can be problematic.

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