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A good explanation of justification and sanctification

And the misunderstanding of union with Christ.

I got this from Kevin DeYoung’s The Hole In Our Holiness and it struck me for some reason:

“Calvin is right when he says about justification and sanctification, ‘those gifts of grace go together as if tied by an inseparable bond, so that if anyone tries to separate them, he is, in a sense, tearing Christ to pieces.’

Sanctification doesn’t just flow from justification, so that one produces the other. Both come from the same Source.”

DeYoung is talking about the bigger picture — this idea that union with Christ (moved to faith and repentance, justified, adopted, sanctified, preserved, and glorified) is not as pervasive as it should be.

Calvin’s quote embodies that notion and it’s played out in 1 Corinthians 6:11. “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

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