Justification vs. Sanctification

Updated: Aug 20

Justification: The act or state of being guiltless, faultless, right, just.


Sanctification: The act or state of being set apart, sinless, pure, holy. When we compare the scriptures about justification and sanctification, there are many similarities.


Here are a few:


* Both are available for the benefit of the believer through the grace of God and through the blood of Jesus.

* Both lead a sinner in the same direction to choose a better life in Christ by wanting to turn from the sinful nature.

* Both require an individual response by faith.

* Both allow freedom for an individual to live as they choose with ability to confess and repent. * Both are tested by people and by God to prove your standing firm.

* Both are examples of the life God requires of His children.

* Both are a part of the salvation process.

* Both are done by the work of the cross.

* Both are a gift of God when you are in His will.

The differences are:

Justification:

* Reveals the outer man.

* Sinful living to living right.

* Life of faith and trust.

* Living by moral standards.

* Flesh desires not to sin.

* Expressed by confession.

* Standards of right living.

* Relationship with people and God.

Sanctification:

* Reveals the inner man.

* Righteous living to holiness.

* Life of purity and obedience.

* Living by the scripture standards.

* Heart desires not to sin.

* Expressed by repentance.

* Standards of holy living.

* Relationship with God and people.

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