The holy has been defined existentially and sociologically, and
churches too often allow their expectations regarding holiness to be prompted
by existential aspirations or the social mores of the Christian community.
Perhaps it is not surprising that many view holiness as accidental or
expendable, even as a legalistic and conformist posture opposed to the freedom
of the gospel. But sanctification is one of the gifts of the gospel of Jesus
Christ, so we must think about the way in which he makes his redeemed holy as a
Sanctification, the latest volume in the New Studies in Dogmatics
series, patiently defines holiness in theological terms by tending to its
connections with core Christian doctrines such as the character of God, the
nature of creation, and the covenantal shape of life with God. It then
considers the ways in which the gospel of Jesus not only prompt us to holy
action but provides holiness as one of its blessings. Finally, it attends to
the ways in which the gift of sanctification relates to various human
instruments and means, so that we can appreciate its connection to human
nature, creaturely responsibility, and the pedagogy of exemplars and of law.
Sanctification offers a Christ-centered account of sanctification by viewing
the doctrine within its wider canonical and creedal context, hoping to bring
its distinctly Christian definition and thoroughly gracious character into
New Studies in Dogmatics seeks to retrieve the riches of Christian
doctrine for the sake of contemporary theological renewal. Following in the
tradition of G. C. Berkouwer's Studies in Dogmatics, this series will
provide thoughtful, concise, and readable treatments of major theological
topics, expressing the biblical, creedal, and confessional shape of Christian
doctrine for a contemporary evangelical audience. The editors and contributors
share a common conviction that the way forward in constructive systematic
theology lies in building upon the foundations laid in the church's
historic understanding of the Word of God as professed in its creeds, councils,
and confessions, and by its most trusted teachers.
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