Affirmation: Sanctification (Shorter Westminster Catechism

The Westminster Confession of Faith, one of twelve statements of faith from our Book of Confessions, was developed between 1643 and 1649 to settle theological disputes between the English government and the Church of England. These questions come from the Shorter Catechism, designed by a prominent Cambridge mathematician for children to memorize and repeat. The following is excerpted and adopted from the longer (shorter) confession.

What is the chief end of humanity?
Humanity’s chief end is to glorify God,
and to enjoy God forever.

What is sanctification?
Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace,
whereby we are renewed in our whole selves after the image of God,
and are enabled more and more
to die unto sin and live toward righteousness.

What are the benefits which, in this life, accompany or flow
from justification, adoption, and sanctification?
The benefits which, in this life, accompany or flow
from justification, adoption, and sanctification are:
assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience,
joy in the Holy Spirit, increase of grace,
and persevering in all these to the end. Amen.

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