In his book entitled Holiness, J. C. Ryle says, "If the Bible is true, it is certain that unless we are 'sanctified,' we shall not be saved." Throughout history, confusion has surrounded the doctrine of sanctification because finding the biblical balance in this subject is not easy. Some utterly reject a place for God's Law in the life of New Covenant believers, while others love God's Law and find it a blessed rule of life.
In this edition of the Free Grace Broadcaster, A. W. Pink introduces our subject by asking crucial questions that inevitably arise regarding sanctification. Octavius Winslow offers a useful definition of the meaning of sanctification. J. C. Ryle then discusses the nature of sanctification, giving us a survey of its important elements. Winslow gives us a second article, explaining that all sanctification begins in Christ: His cross and atoning work, His intercession, and His Mediatorial fullness all lay the foundation and secure the sanctification of every believer. John Murray discusses the vital distinction between definitive and progressive sanctification. In his second article, Pink describes the two aspects of sanctification: mortification and vivification, both inseparable in the life of God's true children. Abraham Booth sets the motive of sanctification before us. Pink shows the difference between sanctification and justification. In two articles, Horatius Bonar shows us that holiness consists of the little things of life, and urges us to shine forth in reflection of Christ's glorious holiness.