According to Biblical True Spirituality, the Christian lives in the paradoxical reality of being a Sinner (in Adam) and a Saint (in Christ) at the same time – based on the whole counsel of the Holy Scriptures, specifically on ROMANS Chapters 6, 7 & 8.
“My conscience does not render a positive verdict in God’s courtroom when I look inside myself. The only reason I can sleep well at night is that even though my heart is filled with corruption and even though I am not doing my best to please him, I have in heaven at the Father’s right hand the beloved Son, who has not only done his best for himself but has fulfilled all righteousness for me in my place.” – Dr. Michael Scott Horton
Three Phases of Sanctification: God’s Written Word presents three different aspects of Sanctification: (1) Positional Sanctification; (2) Progressive Santification and (3) Future Perfected/or Final Sanctification.
The biblical word for sanctification is hagiazo and means “to set apart” for God or special purpose, figuratively “to make holy or sacred.”
The Tenses of Sanctification: 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)
And, Sanctification has Three Tenses as well, according to the Holy Scriptures.
1. Past Sanctification: Positional sanctification is past (and permanent): we were set apart in Christ at our spiritual regeneration & conversion.
2. Present Sanctification: Progressive sanctification is present: we are daily being conformed to His image,in Godliness. We are still in union with Christ living 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).