The basis of this salvation is found in the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the cross (1 Peter 3:18) which was sufficient payment for any and all who would come to Him by faith (1 John 2:2).  Our justification is made certain by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 4:25) whereby Christ was victorious over death (Revelation 1:18), and He ascended into heaven to be exalted and glorified at the right hand of God the Father (Hebrews 1:3). This sufficient salvation is made efficient through the agency of the Holy Spirit (John 3:3), and the exercise of the sovereign elective grace of God (Ephesians 1:4-6). This salvation is secured wholly apart from any merit or work of man (Titus 3:5), but is appropriated by the response of faith in the gospel message, apart from which no one is saved (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Sanctification, separation unto God, is the will of God for the believer (Colossians 3:1-2). Salvation results in righteous living and good works as its proper evidence and fruit (James 2:18) and will be experienced to the extent that the believer submits to the control of the Holy Spirit in his life (Galatians 5:16) through interaction with the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The believer is complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10), in possession of every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3) and is therefore in no way required to seek a “second blessing” or a “second work of grace” (2 Peter 1:3). The believer is continually being conformed to the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18), culminating in his glorification at Christ’s coming (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).

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