The Lord is daily at work in smoothing out wrinkles and cleansing spots. From this it follows that the church's holiness is not yet complete. The church is holy, then, in the sense that it is daily advancing and is not yet perfect. Mark Dever, quoting John Calvin in The Church: The Gospel Made Visible
Monday, December 8, 2014
Now, and Not Yet
The righteous standing of God's people has been accomplished through Christ's work, and the work of purification continues by the Spirit's work among us.