Johann Heinrich Heidegger (1633-1698) on sanctification


“The greatest need is for sanctification. We are not elected merely to be purged of sins by the blood of Christ and regenerated to faith, but also to a serious purpose out of a pure heart. Those who have been given to Christ and for whom he died, just as they have died with him to sin (2 Cor. 5:15) have a reason in Christ why their flesh and its desires must be abolished and have already begun to crucify the flesh and its desires, If therefore the efficacy of Christ’s death is, that in the redeemed their flesh or old man is abolished, it follows that redemption and consolation concerning it belong to no one, so long as he lives in sin and does not crucify his flesh with its desires.”

– Johann Heinrich Heidegger (1633-1698), Corpus Theologiae Christianae, XXIII.7

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