James Madison Pendleton (1811-1891) was an American Baptist theologian who defined sanctification as–to make holy morally. Sanctification is not optional in the Christian life, but is a work that God executes upon all of his children. We all certainly would like to think that we are being sanctified through and through, but how can we be sure? Pendleton provides four helpful evidences that the work of sanctification is going on in your life. I offer these as a few of many good barometers to test and gauge your sanctification.
- A deep sense of unworthiness. In all dispensations true piety has exalted God and humbled man.
- An increasing hatred of sin. Sin is the opposite of holiness, and, so far as we know, God cannot make us holy without making us hate sin.
- A growing interest in the means of grace. The word of God is more highly appreciated as the instrument of sanctification; for Jesus prayed, ‘Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.’
- An increasing love of things heavenly. ‘If ye, then, be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.’