The Sanctification of the Christian


Chapter thirteen of the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) deals with sanctification. It summarises the teachings of Scripture and addresses a historical context that held many confusions in regard to the sanctification of a believer. These misinterpretations are just as relevant today as they were when the Assembly addressed them in the Confession. Progressive sanctification is real and perfectionism in this life is impossible. At the same time, there is hope of growth and maturity because of ‘the sanctifying Spirit of Christ’…

Scroll down to the end for a link to the rest of the essay on the topic

The full question:

Critically assess a chapter of the Westminster’s teaching, historical context, and impact and relevance. Evaluation of the historical context should form a major component of the essay, and include assessment of the minutes, correlation and contrast with at least four relevant 17th-century theological treatises, and other creeds and confessions as appropriate.


These books are ordered from the most useful to the least used resource in my research. There are a few journal articles and websites at times as well. (scroll down to the end for my essay on the topic)

The Westminster Assembly: Reading Its Theology in Historical Context – Letham, Robert

Westminster Confession of Faith – Westminster Assembly

Confessing the Faith: A Reader’s Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith – Van Dixhoorn

An Exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith – Shaw, Robert

Assembly at Westminster: Reformed Theology in the Making – Leith, John H.

Windows at Westminster – Hall, David W.

The Westminster Confession of Today: A Contemporary Interpretation – Hendry, George S.

The Confession of Faith: A Handbook of Christian Doctrine Expounding the Westminster Confession – Hodge, A. A.

The Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly (1643-1653) – Van Dixhoorn

The Marrow of Theology – Ames, William

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