Owen: We Are Sanctified Because We Are Justified But We Are Not Justified Because We Are Sanctified

Now, to be justified is to be freed from the guilt of sin, or to have all our sins pardoned, and to have a righteousness wherewith to appear before God, so as to be accepted with him, and a right to the heavenly inheritance. Every believer hath other designs also, wherein he is equally concerned with this,—as, namely, the renovation of his nature, the sanctification of his person, and ability to live unto God in all holy obedience; but the things before mentioned are all that he aimeth at or designeth in his applications unto Christ, or his receiving of him unto justification.”

John Owen | The Doctrine of Justification by Faith | The Works of John Owen, 5:115.


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