What is Sanctification?
Three Aspects of Sanctification:
POSITIONAL: (1 Cor. 1:2, 30). All believers were so sanctified as saints, the youngest as well as the oldest, the most carnal as well as the most spiritual. As God sees us in Christ (1 Cor. 1:2 withPhil 1:1) (Bible.org, 2009).
EXPERIANTIAL: Depends upon our knowledge of and faith in our position in Christ (Rom. 6:1-11), converting our position into experience. Progressive, changeable, depends upon yieldedness, & God’s will (Rom. 6:13). As we are in our conduct (2 Thess. 2:13) (Bible.org, 2009).
FINAL: When we see the Lord and are made like Him sinless, sickless, deathless (1 Cor. 4; 15:54;1 Jn. 3:2). Static, unalterable, Will result in our state in eternity (Phil. 3:21). As we shall be in glory (Rom 8:29; 1 Cor. 15:49) (Bible.org, 2009).
True Sanctification is PASSIVE and ACTIVE. Passive is when we are sanctified by God's grace through the washing of new birth. Paul explains it as follows: "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" (Titus 3:4-5). This is positional sanctification where we are placed in Christ (Rom. 6) and seen as Holy by God through His Son, because no unholy thing will enter heaven. We do not contribute anything to this and it is wholly a work of God through the Spirit whereby we are placed in Christ. Paul explains this as someone being resurrected from the dead: "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved" (Eph. 2:4-5).
True Sanctification is also ACTIVE as we work out our salvation. We have received a new nature as a free gift. We have received the indwelling Holy Spirit as a free gift. We cannot deserve this by choice or obeying something. This is a complete initial work of God. But the Bible teaches an active responsibility with this new nature we have received. Therefore Paul wrote to the Philippians "work out your salvation" (Phil 2:12). He also give the reason why we need to work it out. He says: "because it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose" (Phil. 2:13). God has a plan for every chid of His and that is to be separated and set apart from the world. "Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor. 6:17-18) This is a process and we are not like this the moment we are born again. It takes time to grow in the knowledge of Christ. When we are born again, the seed of faith as small as a mustard seed is planted in us. The vail is now torn and as we behold Christ through the Word, we are changing daily from glory to...