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Hello everyone! Atlast, we are at the final chapter of J.C Ryle’s book of Holiness. Throughout the entire book, the central theme is why holiness is so necessary and how we can implement that in our lives. Ryle walks us through what sin has done to humanity, prominent role models in the Bible that show our necessity of holiness and why Jesus Christ is and should be all in our lives. In this very last chapter, Ryle shares with us passages from Reverend Robert Traill and Reverend Thomas Brooks on the subject of holiness. He gives us passages from Traill and Brooks because he believes that “experimental religion was more deeply studied, and far better understood that it is now”. So today, we will conclude our final chapter by exploring “what sanctification is, where it agrees with justification and where it differs from justification”.
What exactly is sanctification? Traill answers, “Sanctification is the forming and the framing of the new creature; it is the implanting and engraving the image of Christ upon the poor soul”. 1 Corinthians 15:49 tells us “And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man”. Traill explains to us about the two Adams. The first Adam is like the devil. John 8:44 tells us “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies”. The second Adam is like Jesus Christ. As Corinthians 15:49 tells us “we shall bear the image of the heavenly man”. While we may bear the image of sin and misery by nature, once we are sanctified by the Holy Spirit we are then in the image of the second Adam. The image of the second Adam grows as we grow in our sanctification. Traill explains that “it will never be known how like believers are to Jesus Christ, till they are risen again”.
How are justification and sanctification alike? One of the ways justification and sanctification are alike is because they are the “same in their author”. God not only justifies but He is also the One who sanctifies. In Romans 8:33 confirms this by saying “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies”. Then in Leviticus 20:8 says “Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy”. The second way justification and sanctification are alike, is because both gifts are an “act of free grace”. In Titus 3:5 confirms this saying “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit”. The third way justification and sanctification are alike, is because they both occur in the same person. If someone is justified then he is also sanctified and if someone is sanctified he is also justified. Fourthly, it is alike because both acts are done at the same time. Although we cannot speak of time when it is the works of God “the same time the same grace works both”. In 1 Corinthians 6:11 says “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God”. Fifthly, it is alike because it is by the Word of God, we are justified and sanctified. Traill says “we are justified by the Word, sentencing us to eternal life by the promise; and we are also sanctified by the power of the same Word”. Lastly, what makes sanctification and justification alike is because they are both necessary for our eternal life. A person that is not justified will not be saved and if that person is not sanctified then he will not be saved either.
How do justification and sanctification differ? Firstly, justification is an “act of God about the state of a man’s person”. Where as “sanctification is the work of God about the nature of man”. Justification is where God deems a person no longer a “delinquent” and “absolving him from a sentence of death”. Whereas sanctification, is where God acts more as a physician who tends to his “mortal disease”. Secondly, justification is an “act of God’s grace upon the account of the righteousness of another” but sanctification is a “work of God infusing a righteousness into us”. The act of justification is considered an “imputation”. G. I Williamson in his book The Westminster Shorter Catechism defines “imputation” as “God has imputed (reckoned, regarded) to one person what originally belonged to another”. In the case of Jesus Christ and His chosen people, it is actually considered a “double imputation”. The reason is because we are imputing our guilt and sin onto Jesus then Jesus is imputing his righteousness onto us. Sanctification is an act of “infusion”. Traill says that “the Spirit of God infuses a holiness into the soul”. The last reason in how justification and sanctification differ is that justification is perfect while sanctification is imperfect. A person can only be justified once and it is an act which is completed in a moment. Sanctification on the other hand, is an incomplete work not an act. It is gradual and will be a lifetime work.
Now we will conclude, by understanding the “necessity of holiness” from Reverend Thomas Brooks. Brooks begin by stating “consider the necessity of holiness. It is impossible that every you should be happy, except you are holy”. Besides Enoch, Elijah and Jesus Christ, no one can to go heaven without holiness. In fact, Hebrews 12:14 tells us “Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord”. Those that are already in heaven today are all holy people, and there isn’t a single sinner that is among them. Heaven is solely for a holy person. Now I will share with you an exact passage from Brooks,
“O sirs, do not deceive your own souls; holiness is of absolute necessity; without it you shall never see the Lord (2 Thess. 1:8-10). It is not absolutely necessary that you should be great or rich in the world; but it is absolutely necessary that you should be holy: it is not absolutely necessary that you should enjoy health, strength, friends, liberty, life: but it is absolutely necessary that you should be holy. A man may see the Lord without worldly prosperity, but he can never see the Lord except he be holy. A man may to heaven, to happiness, without honour or worldly glory, but he can never to heave, to happiness, without holiness. Without holiness here, no heaven here- after. ‘And shall in no wise enter into it anything that difileth’ (Rev 21:27). God will at last shut the gates of glory against every person that is without heart-purity”.
Why do we need to be holy? Because without it, you will never enter heaven’s door. Have you been working on your holiness? Do not delay in your turning to Christ. After all in Matthew 7:21-23 tells us what will happen to those do not turn to Christ,
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Let us not become those that will be turned away on that day, but have the doors opened to us and be greeted by our Father and Lord Jesus Christ.
1) What is sanctification?
2) How are justification and sanctification alike?
3) How are justification and sanctification different?
4) Why is holiness necessary?
5) Has Holiness by J.C. Ryle changed your views about holiness? In what ways?
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