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Sanctification Quotes

Sanctification Quotes by Margaret Mary Alacoque, Thomas Merton, Richard J. Foster, Agatha Christie, Paul Washer, John Piper and many others.

He will take good care to provide what is necessary for our sanctification, provided we are careful to accept everything according to His designs.
Margaret Mary Alacoque
The married man and the mother of a Christian family, if they are faithful to their obligations, will fulfill a mission that is as great as it is consoling: that of bringing into the world and forming young souls capable of happiness and love, souls capable of sanctification and transformation in Christ.
Thomas Merton
Conversion does not make us perfect, but it does catapult us into a total experience of discipleship that affects – and infects – every sphere of our living.
Richard J. Foster
The steamship whose machinery is broken may be brought into port and made fast to the dock. She is safe, but not sound. Repairs may last a long time. Christ designs to make us both safe and sound. Justification gives the first – safety; sanctification gives us the second – soundness.
Agatha Christie
We call men to repent and believe. And if they repent and believe, truly in that moment they are saved in that moment. But the evidence is more than just the sincerity of a prayer. It is a continuation of the working of God in their life through sanctification.
Paul Washer
I know of no other way to triumph over sin long-term than to gain a distaste for it because of a superior satisfaction in God.
John Piper
If the Savior has not sanctified you, renewed you, given you a hatred of sin and a love of holiness, He has nothing in you of a saving character.
Charles Spurgeon
Believe in the doctrine of perfect sanctification attainable in this life.
Adoniram Judson
Sanctification is glory begun. Glory is sanctification completed.
F. F. Bruce
The heart of sanctification is the life which feeds on justification.
Tullian Tchividjian
Sanctification is a community project.
John Piper
We could not take one step in the pursuit of holiness if God in His grace had not first delivered us from the dominion of sin and brought us into union with His risen Son. Salvation is by grace and sanctification is by grace.
Jerry Bridges
Sanctification costs to the extent of “an intense narrowing of all our interests on earth and an immense broadening of all our interests in God.
Oswald Chambers
Sanctification is not regeneration.
Matthew Simpson
Sanctification grows out of faith in Jesus Christ. Reemember holiness is a flower, not a root; it is not sanctification that saves, but salvation that sanctifies.
Charles Spurgeon
In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make You love me more and nothing I have done that makes You love me less.
J. D. Greear
What then is holiness? Holiness is nothing but the implanting, writing and living out of the gospel in our souls (Eph 4:24).
John Owen
If you do not put a difference between justification wrought by the Man Christ without, and sanctification wrought by the Spirit of Christ within, you are not able to divide the word aright; but contrariwise, you corrupt the word of God.
John Bunyan
Life and death! They seem like complete opposites-at great enmity with each other. But for Paul-and for all who share his faith-there is a unity, because the same great passion is fulfilled in both-namely, that Christ be magnified in this body-our bodies-whether by life or by death.
John Piper
If you’re serious about sanctification, you can expect to experience heart-wrenching moments that try your faith, your endurance, and your patience.
Sheri L. Dew
True worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine. Strong affections for God rooted in thrush are the bone and marrow of biblical worship.
John Piper
We’re not called to perfection but to faithfulness. Sinlessness in this life isn’t possible, but obedience unto godliness is. Sanctification.
Steve Camp
Sanctification consists of the daily realization that in Christ we have died, and in Christ we have been raised.
Tullian Tchividjian
New Orleans is a city of paradox. Sin, salvation, sex, sanctification, so intertwined yet so separate.
Harry Connick, Jr.
Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the disposition that ruled Him will rule us. It will cost everything that is not of God in us.
Oswald Chambers
The church is not a theological classroom. It is a conversion, confession, repentance, reconciliation, forgiveness and sanctification center, where flawed people place their faith in Christ, gather to know and love him better, and learn to love others as he designed.
Paul David Tripp
Sanctification is not a work of nature, but a work of grace. It is a transformation of character effected not by moral influences, but supernaturally by the Holy Spirit.
Charles Hodge
After he has been following Christ for a long time, the disciple of Jesus will be asked, “Lacked ye anything?” and he will answer “Nothing, Lord.” How could he when he knows that despite hunger and nakedness, persecution and danger, the Lord is always at his side?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit in us whereby our inner being is progressively changed, freeing us more and more from sinful traits and developing within us over time the virtues of Christlike character.
Jerry Bridges
Regeneration is the fountain; sanctification is the river (in deeper or shallower degree). ‘Entire sanctification’ is the river in fullest flow.
J. Sidlow Baxter
Sanctification is the outcome and inseparable consequence of regeneration. He who is born again and made a new creature receives a new nature and a new principle and always lives a new life.
J. C. Ryle
The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
T. S. Eliot
Be content with no degree of sanctification. Be always crying out, “Lord, let me know more of myself and of thee.”
George Whitefield
By justification we are saved from the guilt of sin…by sanctification we are saved from the power and root of sin
John Wesley
Sanctification will be drudgery unless we believe that holiness is possible and that it is pleasing to God.
Kevin DeYoung
Sanctification makes us holy and destroys the breed of sin, the love of sin and carnality. It makes us pure and whiter than snow. Bless His holy name!
William J. Seymour
To what profit is it that we dwell in Jerusalem, if we do not see the King’s face? And when He comes forth from His royal chambers, accompanied with blessing, are we to hold ourselves at leisure that we may yield Him worship and offer Him service?
David McIntyre
…knowing God is the condition for the sanctification of a human being by God’s assistance and according to His intention. Wherever God is, there He is always creating… He wants to create a new human being. To need God is to become new. And to know God is the crucial thing.
Soren Kierkegaard
The Holy Spirit has a sanctifying influence. The influence of the Holy Spirit tends towards sanctification, purity and holiness. Expect to live a life of greater purity, sanctification and holiness when under the sweet influence of the Holy Spirit.
Dag Heward-Mills
There is justice in hell, but sin is the most unjust thing. It would rob God of his glory, Christ of his purchase, the soul of its happiness.
Thomas Watson
Ah! believers, you are a tempted people. You are always poor and needy. And God intends it should be so, to give you constant errands to go to Jesus. Some may say, it is not good to be a believer; but ah! see to whom we can go.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne
Faith consists not in ignorance, but in knowledge – knowledge not of God merely…but when we recognize God as a propitious Father through the reconciliation made by Christ, and Christ as given to us for righteousness, sanctification, and life.
John Calvin
Not to be occupied with your sin, but to be occupied with God brings deliverance from self.
Andy Murray
Sanctification is possessing the mind of Christ.
John G. Lake
Regeneration is the fountain; sanctification is the river.
J. Sidlow Baxter
Sanctification means that the Christians have been judged already, and that they are being preserved until the coming of Christ and are ever advancing towards it.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
You pray and make your requests made known unto God, and God will do something.’ It is not your prayer that is going to do it, it is not you who is going to do it, but God. ‘The peace of God that passeth all understanding’-He, through it all, ‘will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones
I know sanctification comes not with any particular calling, but with genuine acts of service, often for which there is no specific calling.
Neal A. Maxwell
Sanctification is the real change in man from the sordidness of sin to the purity of God’s image.
William Ames
Sanctification means more than being freed from sin. It means the deliberate commitment of myself to the God of my salvation, and being willing to pay whatever it may cost.
Oswald Chambers
Sanctification has a double aspect. Its positive side is vivification, the growing and maturing of the new man; its negative side is mortification, the weakening and killing of the old man.
J. I. Packer
Justification and sanctification are both God’s work, and while they can and must be distinguished, the Bible won’t let us separate them. Both are gifts of our union with Christ, and within this double-blessing, justification is the root of sanctification and sanctification is the fruit of justification.
Tullian Tchividjian
To be in Christ -that is redemption; but for Christ to be in you-that is sanctification.
W. Ian Thomas
The year is made up of minutes. Let these be watched as having been dedicated to God. It is in the sanctification of the small that hallowing of the large is secure.
G. Campbell Morgan
Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet.
Thomas Watson
The axle of the wheels of the chariot of Providence is Infinite Love, and Gracious Wisdom is the perpetual charioteer.
Charles Spurgeon
There is a strange impulse in many to protect Bible characters and to use them as inspiration… as if sanctification happens as a result of emulation.
Tullian Tchividjian
None can know their election but by their conformity to the image of Christ; for all that are chosen are chosen to sanctification.
Matthew Henry
In justification the word to be addressed to man is believe – only believe; in sanctification the word must be ‘watch, pray, and fight.’
J. C. Ryle
There is nothing destroyed by sanctification but that which would destroy us.
William Jenkyn
Sanctification is the process in which we become more aware of how sinful we are.
R. C. Sproul, Jr.
If heaven were by merit, it would never be heaven to me, for if I were in it I should say, “I am sure I am here by mistake; I am sure this is not my place; I have no claim to it.” But if it be of grace and not of works, then we may walk into heaven with boldness.
Charles Spurgeon
The ‘means of grace’ are such as Bible reading, private prayer, and regularly worshiping God in Church, wherein one hears the Word taught and participates in the Lord’s Supper. I lay it down as a simple matter of fact that no one who is careless about such things must ever expect to make much progress in sanctification.
J. C. Ryle
Let us awake to a sense of the perilous state of many professing Christians. ‘Without holiness no man shall see the Lord’; without sanctification there is no salvation (Hebrews 12:14). Then what an enormous amount of so-called religion there is which is perfectly useless!
J. C. Ryle
This is the sanctification of your studies: when they are devoted to God, and when He is the end, the object, and the life of them all.
Richard Baxter
The pleasurable part of public mourning can also lead to a sense of self-sanctification that justifies in advance any war effort, whether or not the target and destruction are in any way related to the initial event.
Judith Butler
The starting point of sanctification is the filthiness, corruption, or stain of sin.
William Ames
Sanctification is not by surrender, but by divinely enabled toil and effort.
Kevin DeYoung
And, indeed, this is one of the greatest mysteries in the world; namely, that a righteousness that resides in heaven should justify me, a sinner on earth!
John Bunyan
I believe the sovereign God of the universe justifies us freely, and then we are called to run with him in sanctification.
Matt Chandler
The relation of redemption and sanctification would be the ongoing relationship between the driver and God who is directing her. Now, if God isn’t directing him, he may go wild and do all sorts of things criminal and crazy.
Dallas Willard
Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification.
John Donne
For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God [Gen. 3:1-7], while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man [2 Cor. 5:21]. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be.
John Stott
[N]obody can produce new evidence of your depravity that will make God change his mind. For God justified you with (so to speak) his eyes open. He knew the worst about you at the time when he accepted you for Jesus’ sake; and the verdict which he passed then was, and is, final.
J. I. Packer
Sanctification makes us pure in heart.
William J. Seymour