SANCTIFICATION– The result or process of God’s continuing work in the life of the believer through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the process where the believer grows in holiness and righteousness through his lifetime to become more like Christ. In the scheme of salvation, sanctification occurs after the believer is justified through faith.
Sanctification is the ongoing supernatural work of God to rescue those sinners that have been justified from the bondage to sin and to conform them to the image of His Son. By becoming Christlike the Christian is empowered to do good works through and with the Holy Spirit. The Christian is declared righteous by God in Justification and he is progressively made righteous during the sanctification process. The righteousness of Christ is imparted to believers through the work of the Spirit throughout sanctification to transform their life. The Christian has been declared righteous at the moment of justification but he must then transition from unrepentant sinner to being like Christ. Sanctification is the process where this transition occurs through the power of the indwelling Spirit and in cooperation with the believer through study of the Word of God, prayer, and good works which are the fruit of salvation.