It is nice to be in agreement with you on something Bobby. This is the process, and I pretty much agree totally. I would add that the sanctification process begins at our justification, and continues until our removal from the world.<quoted text>
I agree with you on the “2nd work of grace”. It implies that you can obtain perfection through sanctification while still on earth, at which point you no longer sin. Instead, you only make mistakes. In addition, you can lose your salvation before you are perfect but, you can also be saved again.
Answer to the problem is: Justification means we are redeemed, not that we have not sinned because in fact we still sin.
Sanctification is a life long process where the potter molds us into the vessel he chooses where the redeemed are refined like pure gold.
Lastly is Glorification where we are removed from this world of sin and come in direct contact with God- all things will be forever changed-sin shall be no more.
I also agree with the typology of the mercy seat, and the blood of Christ being our "covering" for sins. Wouldn't we be accurate to say then that when God sees the blood, He will pass over us? God sees the blood of His Son, we are clothed with Christ. That's what God sees when He looks at us-or the lack of blood and Christ for those outside. I believe this to be true. We are never told God credits His Son's righteousness to our account, and sees His perfect obedience. Christ's perfect obedience makes Him the One true perfect sacrifice, and His shed blood was for our sins. But God still sees us all for what we are-He did Israel, and still does today. Thus the need for repentance when we do sin.