Q36. What are the benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?
A. The benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification, are assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost1, increase of grace2, and perseverance therein to the end3.
1. Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (v2) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (v5) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:1, 2, 5).
2. The path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18).
3. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life. (1John 5:13).