Not only a pertinent question for a road trip, but a powerful question in dealing with our spiritual journey in Christ. The short answer to this ubiquitous interrogative: Yes AND No!
Here is some God-breathed insight from Hebrews 10:14: “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified.”
Let’s unpack the truths in this verse:
He has perfected. From the Greek verb τελειόω teleio, meaning to complete, carry to completion. A perfect passive tense, indicated that Christ accomplished at a specific time in the past, with the results remaining. By the way, the author emphasizes this fact with the words “forever,” or “continuously.” Therefore the first answer to the question is YES, WE ARE THERE (in Christ).
Second, we read of those who are sanctified. The Greek word here ἁγιάζω hagiadzo, is the word from which we get “saints,” or “those set apart.” Interestingly, this verb is a present passive participle, and should be considered as “the ones who are being sanctified.” Taking this back to our question, the answer is NO, WE ARE NOT THERE YET.
So, in Christ we have arrived (Positional Truth), while at the same time we are in the process of becoming what He is making us. This reminds me of 1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be. But we know that when He shall be revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
Ever wonder how He does this? He told us in His prayer to His Father: “Sanctify them through Your truth. Your Word is truth.” (John 17:17)