151 – Renovation or Sanctification


RENOVATION OR SANCTIFICATION
§ 151. Renovation,1 or sanctification,2 is the restitution of the divine image 3 in the regenerate 4 by the operation of the Holy Spirit,5 through the means of grace,6 and in the exertion of the spiritual energies 7 engendered in the act of regeneration 8 and sustained, strengthened, and actuated by the power of God.9

1.

Renovation, …

Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.


2. …or sanctification,

I Corinthians 1:30 But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.

I Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication.


3. … is the restitution of the divine image

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.

Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

I Peter 1:15 But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.


4. …in the regenerate

Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him.

Ephesians 5:8 Now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.

Romans 6:22 Now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness.

I Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

See also texts below sub 8.


5. …by the operation of the Holy Spirit,

I Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.


6. …through the means of grace,

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is the truth.

II Timothy 3:16–17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.


7. …and in the exertion of the spiritual energies

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Ephesians 5:8–9 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth).

II Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.


8. …engendered in the act of regeneration

I John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

I John 5:4–5 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

See also texts above sub 4.


9. … and sustained, strengthened, and actuated by the power of God.

II Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.

II Corinthians 12:9 And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

John 15:5 I am the Vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.


 

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