Quotations Theological Reflections

Sanctity and Glory

Sanctification in Christ, is glorification begun; as glorification is sanctification perfected.
Walter Marshall, The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification

3 replies on “Sanctity and Glory”

You could perhaps go further and add a category for glorification accomplished:

And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Hmm, so does Marshall take glorification to mean the instant of the soul’s eternal companionship with Christ (i.e., at death), and not the ultimate restoration of physical, perfected existence, which comes at the end of time? But I suppose sanctification is ultimately perfected in glory, in the body, where sin ruined the soul in the first place.

I see Marshall uses commas the way Owen does.


I wouldn’t want to dogmatize, but I would suspect that least for Marshall, when you use the term “glorification” without a qualifier like “begun” it does speak of perfection –and therefore the culmination of all accomplishedment and fulfillment.


The same thought crossed my mind; but I would think the body would also need to be sanctified for sanctification to be really complete.

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