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By Dr. Charles A. Whipple, ©July 27, 1997


Key Words Re-Examined:

  • "Sanctify” in its various forms is used 106 times in the Old Testament and 31 times in the New Testament. It means to “set apart,” or “the state of being set apart.”

  • “Holy” in its various forms is used about 400 times in the Old Testament, and about 12 times of believers in the New Testament. It refers to the state of being set apart, or being separate from that which is unholy.

  • “Saint” is used of Israel about 50 times and of Believers about 62 times. It is applied only to human persons, and relates only to their position in the reckoning of God.


The Three Divisions Re-Examined:

  • Positional sanctification is a sanctification, holiness and sainthood, which is accomplished by the operation of God through the body and shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

"We Are In Christ!”
(Romans 12:1; Ephesians 4:1; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 10:10; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 6:11; Jude 1)

  • Practical or progressive sanctification is the New Testament teaching that relates to sanctification as experienced by the Believer daily.

“We Must Grow In Grace,
We Must Yield To Truth,
And We Must Walk In The Spirit, Daily!”

(Galatians 5:16-23; Romans 6:22, 8:4; 2 Corinthians 4:7; 1 John 1:8-9)

  • Final or perfected sanctification is the aspect which relates to our final glorification at the Rapture.

“We Will Be Like Him!”

(1 John 3:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 5:22-23)



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