Universal sanctification?

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  1. convicted1

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    What are your beliefs in regards to universal sanctification?

    Yes?

    No?

    If yes, please explain why.

    If no, please explain why.
     
  2. Iconoclast

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    http://reformedthoughts.com/tag/sanctification/

    This work of renewal is (using Puritan language) universal. This means that it touches and affects every area of the person’s entire life. Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 4:4-5 that everything is to be sanctified—every sphere of life.

    Holiness is an inward thing that must fill our heart, our core being, and it is an outward thing that must spill over into every detail of our lives. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, “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.” Many Puritans preached on that text. Sanctification is to be universal.

    But sanctification is also moral, said the Puritans. By this they meant that it would produce moral fruits, the very fruits we read of in Galatians 5—love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. Had you asked a Puritan—what really do these fruits mean when you combine them all together?—he would have said that they represent the moral profile of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.


    From A Baptist Catechism with Commentary pg.184-185
     
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  3. Herald

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    Willis,

    If you understand Universal Sanctification, as Anthony described the Puritan view, then you are on the right track. Of course it is not to be confused with Universalism.

    Even though sanctification affects every area of our life, every area of our life is not at the same level of sanctification, just as two individual Christians are not at the same level of spiritual maturity.
     
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    Anthony now ha.....you forget your roots....Antnee and/or Tony.:laugh:
     

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