The Bible Project: Sanctification In The Bible

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What is Justification?

Justification is the work of God where the moral rightness of Jesus is given to the sinner, so the sinner is declared by God as being morally right under the Law. This moral rightness is not earned or kept by any effort of the saved. Justification is an immediate event with the result being never-ending life. It is based completely and only upon Jesus' sacrifice on the cross ("and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to moral rightness; for by His wounds you were healed.") and is received by faith alone ("For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."). No works are necessary at all to get Justification. Otherwise, it is not a gift ("For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord."). Therefore, we are justified by faith ("Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.").

What is Sanctification?

Sanctification is the process of being set apart for God's work and being went along with the image of Christ. This going along with Christ involves the work of the person, but it is still God working in the believer to produce more of a godly character and life in the person who has already been justified ("for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure."). It is not immediate because it is not the work of God alone. The reasonable person is actively involved in submitting to God's will, resisting sin, looking (for) holiness, and working to be more godly ("But the fruit of the Spirit...

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...' Since we are his children, we inherit his sinful nature.

Is Baptism necessary for Salvation

The answer is a simple, "No, water Baptism is not necessary for salvation." The reason Baptism is not necessary for salvation is that we are done for good reason and by faith, as in Rom. 5:1 (Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,) and not by faith and a ceremony, like in Rom. 4:1-11. Baptism is not necessary for salvation. It is the initiatory sign and seal into the agreement of grace. As circumcision referred to the cutting away of sin and to a change of heart, Baptism refers to the washing away of sin, seen in Acts 2:38 ("Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will recieve the gift of the Holy Spirit.").
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