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Sanctification

Up-Dated - Friday, December 06, 2013

Sanctification -
A perfect example why definitions for Bible words cannot be applied throughout the Bible by a well meaning dictionary.  This leads to Bible perversion, doctrinal errors and denominations. The same word is often used in different ways, so definitions should be applied by context.

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1. Positional Sanctification
Set apart, once and for all, as a Born Again child of God.

This happens to every believer,
regardless of one's conduct afterwards.

This cannot be added to by the believer,
regardless of what one does or not. God has finished this work and gives no power to the believer to assist.

 Acts 20:32 "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."

Sanctification in this instance is Positional.
But the rest of the verse is about Progressive, being built up.  Also, it is about Perfect, the eternal inheritance.

 Acts 26:18 "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."

Sanctification in this verse is Positional.
Receiving the forgiveness of sins and the promise of the Perfect Sanctification (Inheritance).

 1Cor 1:2 "Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:"

Sanctification in this verse is Positional.
These saints are sanctified in Jesus at Salvation.

 1Cor 6:11 "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

Sanctification in this verse is Positional.
It occurred at Justification, Salvation.

 Heb 10:10 "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."

 Heb 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Sanctification in these verses is clearly Positional.
All at once for each believer.

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2. Progressive Sanctification
Set apart, a little at a time, growing in Jesus Christ as a mature Christian.

This does not happen to every believer. 
Only those who grow in faith by grace after salvation.  Some very little, if any. Some much more.

This does not add to Positional Sanctification.
Once a person is saved, one cannot become more saved.

This can be added to by the believer's works,
but only in God's power, not the believer's.

 1Th 4:3 "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:"

Sanctification in this verse is Progressive.
The believer should set himself apart from sin by the power of God in every area of life.  One area at a time, progressively.

1Pet 3:15 "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"

Sanctification in this verse is Progressive.
This is some the believer does with the power of God.

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3. Perfect Sanctification
Set apart after death, in heaven with glorified bodies.

This happens to every believer after death.
It is a result of Positional Sanctification.
It is not a result of Progressive Sanctification.

This cannot be added to by the believer.
It was established by God at Salvation.
It will be executed by God in Heaven.

This does not add to Positional Sanctification.

This does not add to Progressive Sanctification.

 Rom 8:30 "Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified."

This is Perfect Sanctification
All that are Justified, receiving the Positional Sanctification, are eventually glorified, which is the Perfect Sanctification.

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Adapted from a Sermon by
James Leinneweber, Pastor
Heritage Baptist Church
Bulverde, TX

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