“There is therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Paul’s opening to Chapter 8 is indicative of the participatory nature of justification realized in sanctification. Those who are in Christ Jesus are no long defined by the past, but rather are defined a future reality being realized through the Spirit of life. Spirit-enable participation in the life of Christ is one of transformation. Continuing Paul writes, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” To live according to the Spirit is to follow the cruciform model of Christ himself. As Greathouse and Lyons write:
We cannot say too emphatically that life according to the Spirit (Rom. 8:4) is possible to those who are in Christ Jesus (v 1). The incarnate Son has introduced and modeled that life. By his death and resurrection, he accomplished liberation from the law of sin and death (v 2) for all, making possible life according to the Spirit. Only those who pursue the mind-set of the Spirit, who live to please God and love other, know what it means to be holy.
Consequently, pursuing the mind-set of the Spirit, is at the heart of Paul’s understanding of sanctification.
Gorman concludes that sanctification, termed here as holiness, has three major characteristics, “(1)…