Christian salvation is a multi-faceted experience consisting of justification, regeneration, sanctification, reconciliation, adoption and perseverance. They are inextricably and unalterably one experience. Together, they are the divine work of salvation.
Because of its remarkable claim of immediate and absolute righteousness and holiness, the most confusing and misunderstood aspect of salvation is sanctification. Given the evil conditions of the world and the consistent experience of sin in Christian lives, how can it be believed that at the moment of salvation an individual who receives Jesus as Lord and Savior becomes perfectly righteous and holy?
That is the mystery of sanctification and the supernatural work of Christian salvation.
Sanctification is the aspect of Christian salvation in which the believer is separated unto God and made righteous and holy (1Cor 6:11).
I. The Means of Sanctification… 2Cor 5:21; 2Thess 2:13
II. The Moment of Sanctification… 1Cor 1:30
lll. The Misunderstanding of Sanctification…
- There is absolutely no doubt that the Lord Jesus expects Christians to live righteous lives (Rom 6:4-14). But, righteous living is not sanctification. The Apostle Paul settled the distinction between the two by addressing all Christians as Saints, ἁγίοις, or Holy Ones (Rom 1:7; 1Cor 1:2; Eph 1:1; Col 1:2) even though some of their actions were unholy (1Cor 3:1-4; 5:1; 6:1; 11:17-22). Paul continued when he addressed Hebrew Christians as saints, even though they were immature (Heb 2:11; 3:1; 5:11-14).