We believe that the sanctification of the believer is the divine, three-fold action of setting apart a believer from sin and unto God.
Initial sanctification is an eternal act of God. At the moment of redemption through faith in Christ, the believer has the righteousness of Christ applied to him or her (he/she is “justified”), giving the believer a standing of absolute holiness.
Progressive sanctification is the continuing process in the believer as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to his or her life, conforming the believer to the likeness of Christ.
Final sanctification will take place at the Lord’s return, at which time the believer shall be glorified (John 17:17; 1 Cor 1:30; 2 Cor 3:18; Eph 5:25-27; 1 Thess 4:3, 4; 5:23, 24; Heb 3:1; 10:10-14; 1 John 3:2; Jude 24, 25; Rev 22:11).