Chapter 13. Of Sanctification

Read Chapter 13(Of Sanctification) of the Westminster Confession of Faith

1. 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,1by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them:2the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed,3and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified;4and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces,5to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.6

2. This sanctification is throughout, in the whole man;7yet imperfect in this life, there abiding still some remnants of corruption in every part:8whence ariseth a continual and irreconcilable war; the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.9

3. In which war, although the remaining corruption, for a time, may much prevail;10yet through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcome;11and so, the saints grow in grace,12perfecting holiness in the fear of God.13