Oh God, how we need this in the Body of Christ today...Lord start with me.
Leviticus 10:10 ESV You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean,
Leviticus 20:26 ESV You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.
Deuteronomy 26:18-19 ESV (18) And the LORD has declared today that you are a people for his treasured possession, as he has promised you, and that you are to keep all his commandments, (19) and that he will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that he has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he promised."
Titus 2:14 ESV who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
You are set apart for the Lord. Don't let the world form her hands around you and leave its mark.
There are three processes of salvation, justification, sanctification and glorification. The first, justification, happened the moment you called upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.
The Holy Spirit entered your spirit-man and you became alive spiritually when is called being "born again." This process of justification is knowing that "I AM SAVED" but it is in the spirit. You are forgiven of all sins, given a new nature, and been adopted into the sonship of God.
Step 1: Justification: I Am Saved in my spirit man and I am saved from the PENALTY of sin.
Then started the second process which is called sanctification. Sanctification is both instant and progressive. It is instant in the fact that you were made holy in your spirit-man by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and therefore have been "Set Apart" by God to that holiness. It is progressive in the fact that your soulish man begin a process of becoming like Jesus and like the Father. The process of sanctification is knowing that "I AM BEING SAVED" but it is in the soul. The soul has three parts, the mind, the emotions, and the will.
Therefore those who are called by the name of Christ should willfully depart from sin and worldliness. Understanding that justification, salvation from the penalty of sin, only begins the process of redemption, we acknowledge that one of the works of the Holy Spirit is to create in us the character of Christ.
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the completion of salvation at Christ’s return. In the process of sanctification our walk should match our talk. In the process of sanctification we experience a lifestyle change in every arena of life: mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. In the process of sanctification we have a life that reflects the nature and character of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Step 2: Sanctification: I am being saved in my soulish man and I am being saved from the POWER of sin.
Then we await for the third process of salvation which is called GLORIFICATION. Glorification is when we either die or our Lord returns to establish His rule on this planet with all of His children. It is when we put on our new bodies. Glorification says that we "WILL BE SAVED" in the body. This old body that is decaying and dying will one day put on a new glorified body that will shin through the ages of eternity. It will be my heavenly body.
Step 3: Glorification: I will be saved in my physical man and put on a new body and will be forever saved from the PRESENCE of sin.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.