“In many cases, particularly in the case Wesley, teaching on sanctification leads to versions of piety that border on individual narcissism…renditions of sanctification as a process or journey of the believer moving towards ever ascending degrees of holiness, of the Christian life as defined by growth or transformation, cannot be supported by the biblical texts, all of which testify that God’s work in Jesus is finished and perfect, that on account of it we are already justified AND sanctified, and that God is the one who sanctifies- God can sanctify even inanimate objects. Because of God’s completed work, we are already IN Christ and on that basis, not on the basis of our growth or transformation, we are saints.”
On the podcast this week, is Dr. Don Payne, Professor of Theology at Denver Theological Seminary, on his new book, Already Sanctified: A Theology of the Christian Life in Light of God’s Completed Work.
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