Christian Pilgrim


12. God as Justified and Sanctified


In the following passages God (or Christ) is said to be "justified." It CANNOT be that He is made just, as God is just already. It must mean the opposite of "condemned," i.e. declared just.

Psalm 51:4 - "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest."

Isaiah 5:23 - "Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!"

Men cannot do this except by declaration.


In the following passages God (or Christ) is said to be "sanctified." Therefore it CANNOT mean "every day in every way I'm getting better and better". God cannot get better. It must mean a "setting apart" more and more from the world. In this sense our sanctification is progressive, i.e. more and more being set apart from the world. In God's case it is a declaration of His already being set apart from it.

John 17:19 - "And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth."

Isaiah 5:16 - "But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness."