Sanctification

The lifelong process of character development subsequent to conversion, in contrast with justification. The latter establishes a right relationship with God, one in which the process of character development, or sanctification, becomes possible. NT writers speak of this process variously as a matter of following after righteousness and fighting the good fight of faith ( 1 Tim. 6:11 , 12 ), of walking in newness of life ( Rom. 6:4 ), of growing up into Christ ( Eph. 4:15 ), of growing in grace ( 2 Peter 3:18 ), of being built up, strengthened, established ( Col. 2:6 , 7 ), being transformed ( Rom. 12:2 ), of partaking of the divine nature ( 2 Peter 1:4 ), of patiently running the Christian race ( Heb. 12:1 ). The goal of this process is ultimate perfection of character, the restoration of t...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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