Chapter 9—Sanctification: Staying Clean

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith… —Colossians 2:6-7

Among other things, the Bible is a record of the struggle of twice-born men to live in a world run by the once-born. [1]A. W. Tozer, Of God and Men (Christian Publications), p. 63.  —A. W. Tozer

Christian perfection is not so severe, tiresome and constraining as we think. It asks us (only) to be God’s from the bottom of our hearts. [2]Francois Fenelon, Christian Perfection (Harper & Row), p. 64. —Francois Fenelon

Many modern Christians have a few vague notions about sanctification which are, at best, haltingly expressed on rare occasions. Sanctification, often viewed as a post salvation doctrine, nearly always fails to carry the theological import of the “basics” such as faith and justification. It has become another one of those “nice, but not necessary” doctrines; a spiritual luxury enjoyed by those dedicated enough to pursue God after He has saved them.

Our relationship with Christ entails more than salvation of course, but it also involves more than following Him. It assumes a severance from all other illicit loves. Sanctification, as applied to our love relationship with Jesus (rather than adapted to an impersonal theology), is simply the “how to” of faithfulness.

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. A. W. Tozer, Of God and Men (Christian Publications), p. 63.
2. Francois Fenelon, Christian Perfection (Harper & Row), p. 64.