Chapter 13, Of Sanctification, opens,
They, who are once effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart, and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified . . . and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified; and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces, to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. (13:1)
The manifestation of spiritual fruit (Gal. 5:23) is conformity to God’s law (Matt. 19:17; 1 Jn. 5:3; 2 Jn. 1:6; etc.). As such, it is perceptible not just to the individual believer, but to others around them, and in the corporate expression of communities, cultures, and peoples. As the psalmist assures us, “the nations which forget God shall be turned into hell” (Ps. 9:17).
Though Alienists teach there to be no distinctions in the covenant, a plain reading of the epistles finds young women, old men, masters, and slaves treated as legitimate moral distinctions; and in the broader scope, the issues of the Galatians are treated as distinct from those of the Corinthians, Ephesians, and other communities. There is obviously a doctrinal unity in …
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