Chapter XIII - Of Sanctification

I. They, who are once effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart, and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified, really and personally, through the virtue of Christ's death and resurrection,(1 Cor 6:11, Acts 20:13, Phil 3:10, Rom 6:5-6) by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them:(John 17:17, Eph 5:26, 2 Thess 2:13) the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed,(Rom 6:6, 14) and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified;(Gal 5:24, Rom 8:13) and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces,(Col 1:11, Eph 3:16-19) to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.(2 Cor 7:1, Heb 12:14)

II. This sanctification is throughout, in the whole man;(1 Thess 5:23) yet imperfect in this life, there abiding still some remnants of corruption in every part;(1 John 1:10, Rom 7:18, 23, Phil 3:12) whence arises a continual and irreconcilable war, the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.(Gal 5:17, 1 Pet 2:11)

III. In which war, although the remaining corruption, for a time, may much prevail;(Rom 7:23) yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part does overcome;(Rom 6:14, 1 John 5:4, Eph 4:15-16) and so, the saints grow in grace,(2 Pet 3:18, 2 Cor 3:18) perfecting holiness in the fear of God.(2 Cor 7:1)