A Biblical Theology of Sanctification from Genesis to Revelation
God’s holiness and the sanctification of his people are key themes throughout the biblical narrative. In this addition to the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, Marny Köstenberger explores the topic of sanctification—being set apart by God for holiness—which is the impetus for a believer’s God-given mission.
Surveying the Bible from beginning to end, Köstenberger teaches that sanctification is a trinitarian enterprise: God creates humanity in his holy image, Christ delivers them from sin, and the Spirit applies the benefits of Christ’s saving work, restoring the original image in Christ. At the core, a believer’s union with Christ, and their experience of abiding in him, powerfully propels their growth in holiness.
Short Studies in Biblical Theology: Part of a series designed to give readers accessible volumes on God’s word—other volumes include Resurrection Hope and the Death of Death; The Sabbath as Rest and Hope for the People of God; and more
Analyzes the Word “Sanctification” in Both Hebrew and Greek
Helps Readers Understand How the Old and New Testaments Relate to Each Other
This short but careful, compelling, and comprehensive study accomplishes a great deal, exposing the reason for conflicting views about sanctification, examining the biblical terminology in context, and tracing the way the theme develops as God’s purpose for humanity is progressively disclosed in Scripture. Marny Köstenberger writes with great clarity, showing how a biblical-theological approach to this topic is both necessary and empowering for those who would lead a godly life.
—David G. Peterson, Emeritus Faculty, Moore Theological College; author, Possessed by God
This book skillfully summarizes the whole Bible’s witness to a highly important doctrine and practical life reality. While readers may differ on particulars, the author builds on the compelling thesis: ‘Anyone desiring to grasp God’s work in, and call to, sanctification . . . must first come to terms with the glorious, matchless, and undefiled holiness of God.’ Study this book for help in understanding how God’s holiness pours into and out from the lives of his people through faith in Christ and the Spirit’s work.
—Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
In this informative study, Marny Köstenberger provides an accessible introduction to the important, but often neglected, biblical concept of sanctification. Through a careful analysis of the books of the New Testament, this study offers an engaging exposition of how Jesus Christ bestows on his followers a holy status (positional sanctification) and empowers them to grow in holiness (progressive sanctification). Köstenberger’s discussion is especially helpful in addressing the practical implications of holiness for everyday life.
—T. Desmond Alexander, Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Union Theological College