Sanctification as Set Apart and Growing in Christ

By Margaret Elizabeth Köstenberger, Series edited by Dane C. Ortlund, Miles V. Van Pelt

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A Biblical Theology of Sanctification from Genesis to Revelation

God’s holiness and the sanctification of his people are key themes throughout the biblical narrative. In this addition to the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, Marny Köstenberger explores the topic of sanctification—being set apart by God for holiness—which is the impetus for a believer’s God-given mission. 

Surveying the Bible from beginning to end, Köstenberger teaches that sanctification is a trinitarian enterprise: God creates humanity in his holy image, Christ delivers them from sin, and the Spirit applies the benefits of Christ’s saving work, restoring the original image in Christ. At the core, a believer’s union with Christ, and their experience of abiding in him, powerfully propels their growth in holiness.

  • Short Studies in Biblical Theology: Part of a series designed to give readers accessible volumes on God’s word—other volumes include Resurrection Hope and the Death of DeathThe Sabbath as Rest and Hope for the People of God; and more 
  • Analyzes the Word “Sanctification” in Both Hebrew and Greek
  • Helps Readers Understand How the Old and New Testaments Relate to Each Other 


Margaret Elizabeth Köstenberger

Marny Köstenberger (ThD, University of South Africa) is a teacher and women’s consultant, the author of Jesus and the Feminists, and the coauthor of God’s Design for Man and Woman and Parenting Essentials. She previously served as director of women’s programs and mentoring, and professor of theology and women’s ministry at various churches and seminaries. Marny and her husband, Andreas, live in North Carolina.

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 144
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 6.0 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7365-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7365-1
ISBN-UPC: 9781433573651
Case Quantity: 10
Published: June 27, 2023

Table of Contents

Part 1: Prolegomena: Theological Framework and Old Testament Teaching
Chapter 1: Introduction: What Is Sanctification? 
Chapter 2: The Theological Framework: Perfect Universe, Sin, Salvation, and Sanctification
Chapter 3: The Literary Context: The Biblical Language of Sanctification
Chapter 4: The Historical Context: The Old Testament Background for Sanctification

Part 2: New Testament Teaching on Sanctification
Chapter 5: Jesus and the Early Church: Gospels and Acts
Chapter 6: James and Paul’s Early Letters: James, Galatians, 1–2 Thessalonians
Chapter 7: Paul’s Middle Letters: 1–2 Corinthians, Romans, Ephesians
Chapter 8: Paul’s Final Letters and the Later New Testament: 1–2 Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, Jude, 1–2 Peter, 1 John, Revelation

Part 3: Union with Christ and Life in the Spirit 
Chapter 9: Other Key Topics Related to Sanctification: Union with Christ, Abiding in Christ 
Chapter 10: Conclusion: How Should We Then Live?