Tuesday, January 27, 2009


J. C. Ryle

1. What are some of the ways in which the doctrine of sanctification is distorted (p.1)? What is the result?

2. What is the nature of sanctification (p.1)? What instruments does God use to accomplish this work (p.1)?

3. Read John 17:19; Eph. 5:25, 26; Tit. 2:14; 1 Pet. 2:24; Col. 1:22. What do these verses teach with regards to the need for both justification and sanctification (p.2)?

4. What is the relationship between sanctification and "vital union" with Christ (p.2; John 15:5)?

5. What is the relationship between sanctification and regeneration (p.2-3)? What is a lack of sanctification a sign of (p.3)?

6. What is the "only certain evidence" of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (p.3; Gal. 5:22; Rom. 8:14)?

7. What is the "only sure mark" of God’s election (p.3; 1 Pet. 1:2; 2 Thess. 2:13; Rom. 8:29; Eph. 1:4; 1 Thess. 1:3-4)?

8. Who is to blame if a man does not make progress towards sanctification (p.4)?

9. What is meant by the term "progressive" as applied to the doctrine of sanctification (p.4; John 17:17; 1 Thess. 5:23)?

10. What are the means of grace whereby a person is to progress in sanctification (p.4-5)? What happens if these "means of grace" are neglected?

11. Does sanctification, or progress in it, prevent a man from experiencing internal spiritual conflict? Why or why not (p.5; Gal. 5:17)?

12. Sanctification is a thing which cannot justify a man, and yet it __________ God (p. 5).

13. What is the relationship between our sanctification and our condition at the judgment seat of Christ (p.6; 2 Cor. 5:10)?

14. What false evidences are offered as marks of true sanctification (p.6-7)? Why are these lesser and false works pursued (p.6-7)?

15. How does genuine sanctification show itself (p.8-9)?

16. In what ways are justification and sanctification alike (p.10)?

17. How do justification and sanctification differ (P.10-11)?

18. What practical considerations ought the matter of the visible marks of sanctification raise in our minds (p.11-12)?

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