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Wesley, who owed much to Luther for his doctrine of justification by faith, stressed that the Christian must be not only justified, but sanctified. In the following post I show how Wesley defines salvation as the entire process which begins at conversion and is completed after death.
Justification is the instantaneous forgiveness of sins that happens at the moment of faith SW Sanctification is the process whereby the justified becomes holy.
This real change to holiness is additional to the relative change of justification. It is a process that begins at conversion and generally entails years of gradual change but happens substantially in an instantaneous gift of God, often just before death.
How does one cross over from unbelief to faith? Wesley adds that the prayers of others help one find faith: What is this faith and what are its effects? Faith is knowing that one is a child of God SW Christian Babes seek Sanctification Perfection So great are the effects of justification mentioned above that the justified sometimes feel for some time that they have been fully sanctified because of their great peace and disinterest in sin PA, SW Wesley instructs these young Christians to believe that sanctification is possible merely on the basis of faith and that God can give it SW What they wait for in prayer is not the ability to resist temptation but the gift of God which perfects their hearts in love for God and others, and which wipes away their desire for sin.
How might the babe in Christ achieve, or rather receive, this perfection? Wesley parallels the means by which perfection is received to that by which justification is received: The faith that sanctifies includes the belief that God has promised perfection in Scripture, and is able and willing to do it now SW Wesley is clear that faith alone is sufficient for sanctification, but he is inconsistent on whether all who believe are instantaneously made perfect.
The same faith that guarantees immediate justification guarantees eventual sanctification. The repentance of the justified is not motivated by guilt, but by the conviction that sin still remains in the heart, even if it has been mostly rooted out of ones actions SW Good works do not sanctify, but they are required of both the justified, and the perfected SW If Wesley never received perfection, why was he so convinced it was possible?
Some of the Scriptures that occur repeatedly in defense of his doctrine include: The second proof for Wesley of his doctrine of perfection is the examples of it, both in Scripture, and in his acquaintance. Wesley explains the scarcity of indisputable examples by 1 the inconvenience it would be to the perfect, 2 the envy of those who seek them as well as, 3 their dullness and unwillingness to believe PA, Inside JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR background and analysis by Scott Miller We made him a type of Everyman.
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