Sanctification means being separated from sin by first being separated unto God. Sanctification is instantaneous, progressive and complete.
Instantaneous sanctification is being set free from the sin nature inherited from Adam and becoming holy. This takes place when the Holy Spirit recreated the spirit of man (regeneration). The new spirit of man is holy just as God is holy.6
Progressive sanctification is continuous sanctification. As the Christian grows in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, his character is changed more and more into the image of Christ. (2 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 3:3,18; 4:6; Galatians 5:16) Progressive sanctification continues until Jesus comes.
Complete sanctification is the change of Christianís bodies from mortal to immortal. (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17)
God the Father sanctifies Christians. He gives them the will to do His pleasure and the grace to act on it. (Philippians 2:13) Jesusí death at Calvary paid for the right to sanctify those who accept Him as Savior and Lord. (John 17:19) The Holy Spirit performs the sanctification. (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
Instantaneous sanctification is appropriated when persons receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. Christians progressively sanctify themselves when they
- Separate from all that unclean.
- Separate from all that is not pleasing in Godís sight.
- Become totally dedicated to the service of the Lord..
Complete sanctification will occur at Jesus' Appearing.