Songs about Sanctification
When Jesus called His disciples, he called them to come and follow—to believe and then to take up a cross.
His call today is the same. The Gospel we preach in our sermons and songs includes the glorious moment when we receive God’s gift of salvation. But the Gospel message doesn’t stop there: “… whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified” (Romans 8:30, KJV). The Gospel message includes our sanctification (becoming more like Jesus) and our glorification (being raised with Him).
When we speak of “Gospel songs”—songs that contain the Gospel—we certainly speak of songs that contain the “good news” (the literal meaning of “Gospel”) of the offer of salvation. But the good news we proclaim doesn’t stop with the moment we are rescued from Hell fire. It goes on to say that God permits us to become more like Jesus, to die to our old sin nature. And this good news certainly continues through the resurrection, through eternity spent with Jesus and with the redeemed through all the ages.
This is the Gospel our preachers preach. It should also be the Gospel our songs proclaim.
Certainly, songs that rejoice in the themes of salvation and resurrection are magnificent. Songs about sanctification are a little harder to pull off. But Southern Gospel has certainly seen a few through the years, and needs to see more. What are some of the best Southern Gospel songs that discuss the process of becoming more like Jesus?
Here’s one of the best from recent years, Brian Free & Assurance’s “Die Another Day”:
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