I’ve started memorizing the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Having never been introduced to the WSC before coming to seminary, it’s been a refreshing change from all the vagueness in understanding of core beliefs. Now whenever someone asks me what sanctification is, I’ll be able to tell them that it is “the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness “(WSC 35). And then of course I’ll have to explain what all of that means, but it’s definitely a lot better than saying something like, “Sanctification is trying to become more pure and more holy” (a poor definition).
I’ve been reflecting much on Question 20, which I find to be a rich yet concise summary of what God has done for us in salvation:
Question 20: Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?
Answer: God, having out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, did enter into a covenant of grace to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer.