(On my phone, nothing fancy and hopefully few mistakes.)
Listening to a talk from a Professor yesterday he suggested trying something with two words in scripture when we come across them.
NT the word 'work' for 'merit' as in vs. 3:28 "for we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works (merit) of the law.
Next is the word sanctification (discipleship). Mostly because it holds two spots in meaning. One being sanctified in Christ by faith. Then a continuing process of sanctification (discipleship) in our walk with Christ.
I mostly hope, right now, my spelling is right. I also pop this up for thoughts and discussions.
Would/does it help to use these words for some scripture verses? This is a thinking change not an actual word for word change.
Does it help take away some of the confusions of works? Understanding we can't obtain salvation from merits.
Would it help in those verses that matter to help us understand sanctification is a process of our daily walk as disciples?
I grew up in a denomination that taught sanctification as a second definite work of grace and you would even hear the phrase "Someone must have lost their sanctification" used in conversation if someone had lost their temper, said or done something they shouldn't have done, etc.
When I was a senior in college, I had transferred to the college of a "sister" denomination and one day while sitting in my Christian Thought class, the professor discussed two doctrines of sanctification. The first one was "instantaneous" which is what I had been taught and the other one was "progressive" which his denomination taught. So I asked him what he believed. He told me he believed they were both correct. Yes, there is a moment when we are sanctified in Christ by faith but it is a continuous action/process as we grow in wisdom and grace. How do we do that? We become His disciples which is more than simply saying you follow Christ. You do it!
I would never equate sanctification with discipleship. Sanctification is the work of the holy spirit as we disciple ourselves. To me they are two separate concepts. Sanctify is Gods work. Discipleship is ours.
I know that the KJV uses the term to sanctify yourselves, but other translations have translated the hebrew word "qadash" as purify or consecrate as in a ceremonial preparation - viz discipleship in NT terms