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The Westminster Confession of Faith

 


 

 

CHAPTER 13

 

Of Sanctification.


I. They who are effectually called and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them, are farther sanctified really and personally, through the virtue of Christís death and resurrection,a by his word and Spirit dwelling in them;b the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed,c and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified,d and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces,e to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.f


a 1 Cor. 6:11; Acts 20:32; Phil. 3:10;
Rom. 6:5,6.
b John 17:17; Eph. 5:26; 2 Thess. 2:13.
c
Rom. 6:6,14.
d Gal.
5:24 ; Rom. 8:13.
e
Col. 1:11; Eph. 3:16-19.
f 2 Cor. 7:1; Heb. 12:14.


II. This sanctification is throughout in the whole man,g yet imperfect in this life; there abideth still some remnants of corruption in every part:h whence ariseth a continual and irreconcilable war; the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.i


g 1 Thess. 5:23.
h 1 John 1:10; Rom. 7:18,23; Phil. 3:12.
i Gal. 5:17; 1 Pet. 2:11.


III. In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevail,k yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcome:l and so the saints grow in grace,m perfecting holiness in the fear of God.n


k Rom. 7:23.
l Rom. 6:14; 1 John 5:4; Eph. 4:15,16.
m 2 Pet. 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:18.
n 2 Cor. 7:1.

 

 

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