Being saved occurs in three parts. First we are saved from the penalty of sin, the wrath of God that occurs when the unsaved are justly punished for their sins in the afterlife. This part of salvation occurs when God accepts our faith, Romans 4:5 and Romans 4:24, and spiritually baptizes us into Christ. This sovereign action of God removes us from being "in Adam" separated from God, and places us "in Christ." Once in Christ two additional future things are predestined. One, we will be conformed to the image of Christ, and two, we will be adopted as sons, referring to our bodily resurrection in glorified bodies. During the second part of salvation born again believers undergo the predestined sanctification process of being conformed to the image of Christ. This part of salvation occurs after they have experienced the initial Ephesians 2:8-9 part of salvation where they were born again. During this second part of salvation we as a new creation in Christ, strive to be Christ-like and serve Christ, engaging in the ministry of Christ according to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This “sanctification” part of salvation is described in 1 Thess 4:3-8. During this period, we are saved from the power of sin, we can now do good works that are not filthy rags, works that please God and may earn rewards if they pass the test and are imperishable. If we are sidetracked, led astray into ineffective or non-existent ministry, if our works are perishable works of straw, we are still predestined to be adopted as sons and therefore we will still endure to the end and escape the wrath of God as one escaping from a fire, but bringing no or little rewards with us, thus losing that part of our salvation blessing from God. The loss of part of the benefits of our being in Christ in no way supports the idea that once we are "in Christ" with our faith and devotion to Christ protected by God Almighty (1 Peter 1:3-5) we can somehow remove ourselves from Christ after God alone placed us "in Christ" (1 Corinthians 1:30.) And finally, on that day we are bodily resurrected in glorified bodies, we are saved from the presence of sin. This part of salvation is predestined as a result of being born again in Christ Jesus. This “complete sanctification” is described in 1 Thessalonians 5:23. “Now may the God of Peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” At the Lord’s second coming we will be made complete, with our spirit no longer struggling with the corrupted influences of our flesh, in the theater of our mind! Thank God Almighty, peace at last, peace at last.