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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary

Sanctification

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that work of God's grace by which we are renewed after the image of God, set apart for his service, and enabled to die unto sin and live unto righteousness. Sanctification is either of nature, whereby we are renewed after the image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:19 , or of practice, whereby we die unto sin, have its power destroyed in us, cease from the love and practice of it, hate it as abominable, and live unto righteousness, loving and studying good works, Titus 2:11-12 . Sanctification comprehends all the graces of knowledge, faith, repentance, love, humility, zeal, patience, &c, and the exercise of them in our conduct toward God or man:

Galatians 5:22-24; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Matthew 5:6-7 . Sanctification in this world must be complete; the whole nature must be sanctified, all sin must be utterly abolished, or the soul can never be admitted into the glorious presence of God, Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15; Revelation 21:27; yet the saints, while here, are in a state of spiritual warfare with Satan and his temptations, with the world and its influence, 2 Corinthians 2:11; Galatians 5:17; Galatians 5:24; Romans 7:23; 1 John 2:15-16 .

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Sanctification'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wtd/s/sanctification.html. 1831-2.

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