Three Phases of Sanctification:
God’s Written Word presents three different aspects of Sanctification:
(1) Positional Sanctification;
(2) Progressive Santification;
(3) Future Perfected /or Final Sanctification.
The biblical word for sanctification is hagiazo and it means “to set apart” for God or special purpose, or figuratively “to make holy or sacred.”
The Tenses of Sanctification: We need to always remember that according the Holy Scriptures, CHRIST is our Sanctification!
Like salvation, which has a past, a present, and a future aspect, Sanctification does as well.
The Three Tenses of Salvation:
>Past -Saved from the penalty of sin (Justification by Grace through Faith in Christ)
>Present -Saved from the power of sin(Sanctification by Grace through Faith in Christ)
>Future -Saved from the presence of sin(Glorification by Grace through Faith in Christ)
Back to the topic of Sanctification.
1. Past Sanctification: Positional sanctification is past (and permanent): we were set apart in Christ at our spiritual regeneration and conversion.
2. Present Sanctification: Progressive sanctification is present: we are daily being conformed to His image in Godliness – living continuously in the realities of Romans Chapter 6, 7, 8 – all at the same time!
3. Future Sanctification: Ultimate sanctification is future: one day we shall see Him as He is and we shall be like Him. There will be no more sin in thought, word, or deed, or even in motives — and no “old Adam/old man” to make us even want a shred of that old, shoddy condition(sinfulness).
Romans 5:8 > “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
John 3:16,17 > “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Titus 3:4-5 > “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit”
Ephesians 3:15-19 > “From whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”