When Does Sanctification Begin?

Sanctification actually begins at the time of our conversion, when by an act called regeneration, or the new birth, the principle of spiritual life is planted within us.  This work of regeneration is promised in such Old Testament prophecies as Jeremiah 31:33 and Exekiel 36:26-27.

– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 94

God’s Work and Your Work Come Together Like This

God’s work and your work come together like this:

  • God causes the new birth through the seed of the word, the gospel.
  • God brings about the new birth through your telling people the gospel.
  • God regenerates people through the news about who Christ is and what he has done on the cross and in the resurrection
  • God gives new life to dead hearts through your words when you speak the gospel.

– John Piper, Finally Alive, Christian Focus Publishers, copyright 2009, page 169-170