13:1 They, who are effectually called and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified, really and personally, through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection (Acts 20:32; Rom 6:5, 6; 1 Cor 6:11; Phil 3:10), by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them (John 17:17; Eph 5:26; 2 Thes 2:13): the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed (Rom 6:6, 14), and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified (Rom 8:13; Gal 5:24); and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces (Eph 3:16-19; Col 1:11), to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord (2 Cor 7:1; Heb 12:14).

13:2 This sanctification is throughout, in the whole man (1 Thes 5:23); yet imperfect in this life, there abiding still some remnants of corruption in every part (Rom 7:18, 23; Phil 3:12; 1 John 1:10): whence ariseth a continual and irreconcilable war; the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh (Gal 5:17; 1 Pet 2:11).

13:3 In which war, although the remaining corruption, for a time, may much prevail (Rom 7:23); yet through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcome(Rom 6:14; Eph 4:15, 16; 1 John 5:4); and so, the saints grow in grace(2 Cor 3:18; 2 Pet 3:18), perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Cor 7:1).