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Matthew Henry’s Westminster Shorter Catechism Commentary on Question 35

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Are all that are justified sanctified? Yes: for Jesus Christ is made both righteousness and sanctification,
1 Cor. 1:30
. Is it necessary they should be so? Yes: for without holiness no man shall see the Lord,
Heb. 12:14
. Did Christ die that they might be sanctified? Yes: for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified,
John 17:19
. And was this the intention of their election? Yes: he hath chosen you to salvation through sanctification,
2 Thess. 2:13
Must we be cleansed from sin? Yes: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you,
Ezek. 36:25
. Must we be consecrated to God? Yes: for we are the temple of God,
1 Cor. 3:16
. Must the law be written in the heart? Yes: I will put my law in their heart,
Heb. 8:10
. Must the understanding be enlightened? Yes: anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see,
Rev. 3:18
. Must the heart be softened? Yes: I will take away the stony heart, and give a heart of flesh,
Ezek. 11:19
. Must the will be bowed? Yes: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
Acts 9:6
. Must the affections be made spiritual? Yes: Set your affections on things above,
Col. 3:2
. Must the body also be an instrument of holiness? Yes: Present your bodies a living sacrifice,
Rom. 12:1
Must we be renewed after the image of God? Yes: Put on the new man, which is renewed after the image of him that created him,
Col. 3:10
. And after the pattern of Christ? Yes: for Christ must be formed in us,
Gal. 4:19
. Is sin mortified in all that are sanctified? Yes: they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh,
Gal. 5:24
. Is grace planted in them? Yes: there is a well of water springing up to eternal life,
John 4:14
. Is this work perfect at first? No: it is first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear,
Mark 4:28
Do all that are sanctified die unto sin? Yes: Reckon ye yourselves dead unto sin,
Rom. 6:11
. Do they live unto righteousness? Yes: being dead to sin, we live unto righteousness,
1 Pet. 2:24
. Are they enabled to do so? Yes: for it is through the Spirit that we mortify the deeds of the body,
Rom. 8:13
. And is the course of their conversation accordingly? Yes: they walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit,
Rom. 8:1
. Is it our duty to submit to the Spirit as a sanctifier? Yes: Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the works of the flesh,
Gal. 5:16
. And is the grace of God promised us for this purpose? Yes: Sin shall not have dominion over you,
Rom. 6:14
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