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The New Unger's Bible Handbook, Merrill F. Unger, Revised by Gary N. Larson, Moody Press, Chicago, 1984, p. 481

The Bible teaching on sanctification - Largely misunderstood and abused, sanctification (a setting apart for God's worship and service), as taught by the Scripture, is in three aspects: past, present, future. The following chart will illustrate.

Three Aspects of Sanctification

Past aspect of sanctification

Present aspect of sanctification

Future aspect 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.

Experiential. 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),

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 God sees us in Christ (1 Cor. 1:2 with Phil 1:1, etc.)

As we are in our conduct (2 Thess. 2:13)

As we shall be in glory (Rom 8:29; 1 Cor. 15:49).