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It is absurd to imagine that God should justify a people and not sanctify them, He should justify a people whom He could not glorify.

    Author: Thomas Watson
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

The faith by which we are justified is faith. Faith is like a channel through which the benefits of Christ flow to us. We are not justified on account of faith; we are justified through faith. It is the work of Christ, not our faith, which is the foundation of justification. Faith itself is a gift of God.

    Author: Alister McGrath

Those who have been justified are now being sanctified; those who have no experience of present sanctification have no reason to suppose they have been justified.

    Author: F.F. Bruce
    Source: Romans - Tyndale New Testament Commentaries

The truth is that, though we were justified by faith alone, the faith that justifies is never alone (it always produces fruit, "good works,"...a transformed life).

    Author: J.I. Packer

If you do not put a difference between justification wrought by the Man Christ without, and sanctification wrought by the Spirit of Christ within, you are not able to divide the word aright; but contrariwise, you corrupt the word of God.

    Author: John Bunyan
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

Indeed this is one of the greatest mysteries in the world - namely, that a righteousness that resides with a Person in heaven should justify me, a sinner on earth.

    Author: John Bunyan
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

Whom God legally saves, He experimentally saves; whom He justifies, them He also sanctifies. Where the righteousness of Christ is imputed to an individual, a principle of holiness is imparted to him; the former can only be ascertained by the latter. It is impossible to obtain a Scriptural knowledge that the merits of Christ's finished work are reckoned to my account, except by proving that the efficacy of the Holy Spirit's work is evident in my soul.

    Author: A.W. Pink

Justification and regeneration are simultaneous. The pardoned sinner becomes a child of God in justification.

    Author: William J. Seymour

Faith acts upon Christ for justification, as he is a Jesus, or by receiving him as a Jesus; faith acts upon Christ for sanctification, as he is a Lord, or by receiving him as Lord.

    Author: Ralph Erskine
    Source: The Giving Love of Christ and the Receiving Property of Faith

Justification. In popular usage this word means showing proper grounds for. In theological context, however, justification is the judicial act of God declaring one to be righteous by imputation of righteousness to him.

    Author: John F. Walvoord

Through the death of Christ on the cross making atonement for sin, we get a perfect standing before God. That is justification, and it puts us, in God's sight, back in Eden before sin entered. God looks upon us and treats us as if we had never sinned.

    Author: A.C. Dixon

Justification is away beyond anything that a human court of justice ever realizes. It is putting the sinner in the condition before God as if he had never sinned at all. It is giving him a standing in the merit of Jesus Christ of absolute innocency before God.

    Author: A.C. Dixon

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