There is much that might be said about sanctification, but here are a few key principles to remember about progressing in faith and growing in Christlikeness (derived primarily from 1 Peter 1:13-16):

  • Sanctification is the natural outgrowth of the gospel and being saved by Christ.
  • Sanctification is not a means of receiving grace but an expression of thanks for grace that has been received.
  • Sanctification is a provision of God’s renewing work in salvation joined to our obedience.
  • Sanctification is accomplished by renewing our minds so that we change the way we live — we don’t pursue sin and we do pursue righteousness.
  • Sanctification means having our motives changed as well as our actions.
  • The goal and purpose of all sanctification is to glorify and honor God.