I appreciate your gracious spirit, Gill, but I am constrained to point out that Scripture differs dramatically from the position you articulate here.
In no way does the Bible teach that the expulsion of sin takes place at glorification. The apostle Peter exhorts the church, regarding preparation for the return of Christ, “Be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (II Peter 3:14). This is the same language used by Peter to describe Christ Himself, “a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Peter 1:19).
Notice also that Peter says the saints must be “FOUND of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (II Peter 3:14). In other words, God won’t make them without spot when Jesus comes; they have to be found this way when He gets here.
The apostle John says the same thing:
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
“And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure” (I John 3:2-3).
Notice that we are to purify ourselves “as He is pure” while we still have the HOPE of His coming. It won’t happen when He appears in the clouds. Rather, it must happen while His coming is still a hope.
Christ indeed took our place, but only for our past sins. I thank God for this reality every day. But His forgiving righteousness is only a part of the righteousness which saves the believer (Rom. 3:24; Eph. 1:7). The other part of saving righteousness is regeneration and sanctification, as the following Scriptures make plain:
“God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (II Thess. 2:13).
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5).
Notice that both of the above verses speak of regeneration and sanctification—the work of Christ in the believer—as an integral part of the salvation process, not its result. The latter of the two verses explicitly contrasts the “works of righteousness which we have done” (obviously in our own strength) from “the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
The works-righteousness condemned by Paul, in other words, has nothing to do with regeneration or sanctification being a part of our salvation. Rather, it is about human beings endeavoring to fulfill the conditions of salvation in their own unaided strength.
The New Testament is clear that Spirit-empowered obedience, in addition to God’s forgiveness, constitutes the condition for gaining eternal life (Matt. 7:21; 19:16-26; Luke 10:25-28; Rom. 2:6-10; 8:13; Heb. 5:9). To be “in Christ” is to be a new creature (II Cor. 5:17), and to be obedient to His commandments (I John 3:24). There is no Biblical assurance of salvation apart from these conditions.
John 5:24 cannot be read as teaching that the Christian is not required to come into God’s judgment, as this would contradict the words of both Solomon (Eccl. 12:14) and the apostle Paul which make it clear that all of us, Christians included, must appear before the judgment seat of Christ to answer for our deeds (II Cor. 5:10).
You claim that what I teach is about “a small, future group who will ‘make the grade,’” but that this supposedly “doesn’t help the rest of the world.” Again I must differ with you, on the basis of God’s Word. The apostle Paul is clear that the entire world awaits the demonstration of God’s character in His saints. In the apostle’s words:
"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God” (Rom. 8:18-19).
Geoffrey Paxton stated more than forty years ago that “the doctrine of the perfecting of the final generation stands near the heart of Adventist theology” (The Shaking of Adventism, p. 114). Whatever differences I have with him, he was right on this point. The perfecting of the final generation is the heart of Adventist theology because it is the heart of the New Testament message regarding God’s end-time church. Borrowing from the prophet Zephaniah (Zeph. 3:13), John the Revelator affirms the glorious hope of a victorious remnant who through heaven’s power will keep God’s commandments (Rev. 12:17; 14:5) and be found guileless and “without fault before the throne of God” (Rev. 14:5).
There, by the grace of God, is where I plan to be.