Every born again believer has a chance to go through progressive sanctification. Though limited to time and space, the Christian has an opportunity to glorify Christ in his body (2). This is a stage between the initial act of faith and the believer’s death or translation (3), (4). Though we live in an age characterized by evil (5), ruled by Satan (6), and though we possess our old sin nature (7); (8), we all have the chance to make decisions to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ, to serve the living and true God (9), and to anticipate the coming of the Son (10).
Some of the facets of this stage of our salvation are seen in Titus 2:12 13, “Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of our great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” It is the work of faith, the labor of love and the patience of hope (11). In all these instances, the patient, confident expectation of glorification is clearly in view. “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for (expecting) the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 20-21).