How Sanctification Works

One of my spiritual heroes is a pastor from the 19th century named Octavius Winslow. In fact, I named my youngest child after him, calling her “Sarah Wynn.” The Wynn is from Winslow. Get it? Sarah is after Jonathan Edward’s wife.


His book, The Work of the Holy Spirit (1840), has had a profound effect on my life, particularly his teaching on sanctification, or how God produces good fruit in and through believers–things such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control, etc.

Here are some select quotes to give you an idea of how the sanctification process works, as we abide by faith in the Vine of Jesus as our justifier and sanctifier.

“Not a step can the believer advance without the Spirit.” (28)

“The work of sanctification is pre-eminently the product of the Spirit.” (118)

“The Spirit especially and effectually sanctifies by unfolding the cross of Jesus.” (127)

“It is by simple, close and searching views of the cross of Christ that the Spirit most effectually sanctifies the believer. This is the true and great method of gospel sanctification!” (127)

“Let no man dream of true mortification of sin, or real sanctification of heart, who does not deal constantly, closely and believingly with the atoning blood of Jesus.” (129)

Of course there is more to be said on the subject, but certainly not less.

Thanks, O.W. I’m ever grateful for your continually highlighting the work of Jesus for me and the work of the Spirit in me.

Soli Deo gloria.

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