Salvation means “deliverance” and like sanctification it is accomplished in three stages:
- Positional: At the moment exercising faith alone in Christ alone and being delivered “positionally” (God’s work and viewpoint of the believer) from real spiritual death and eternal condemnation, the devil, his cosmic system and the sin nature through the death, resurrection and session of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Experiential: After salvation, being delivered from the devil, his cosmic system and the sin nature “experientially” by appropriating by faith the believer’s union and identification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection and session, which constitutes the believer’s spiritual life after being delivered from real spiritual death.
- Ultimate: At the resurrection the believer will be delivered “ultimately” and permanently from the devil, his cosmic system and the sin nature when he receives his resurrection body at the rapture of the church, which is imminent.
Just as the Ark delivered Noah and his family from Flood and the judgment of the antediluvian world so the baptism of the Holy Spirit delivers the believer from the judgment of the old creation, which is under the tyranny of Satan.
…Romans 6:4, “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”
“Walk in newness of life” refers to “experiential” sanctification, which is the post-salvation experience of the believer who is in fellowship with God, which is accomplished by confessing any known sin to the Father when necessary and then immediately obeying the Word of God.
“Experiential” sanctification is only a potential since it is contingent upon the believer obeying the Word of God.
Just as Noah and his family were delivered by the Ark in order to begin a new life free from the sin of the old creation and tyranny of Satan so the Holy Spirit identified us with Christ in His death in order that we might begin a new life under the rulership of Christ.
Pastor William E. Wenstrom. (n.d.). Genesis.