Sanctification

  • 1 Philippians 1 v.6: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Will perform it means “will finish it”. Paul is convinced that the work of grace that God began in the Philippians at conversion will be divinely continued “until the day of Jesus Christ.” That is, the Lord will keep working in these believers until Jesus returns to earth, at which point He will finish His work, bringing it to completion. This speaks of the Christian’s eternal security. For God had a purpose in view when He began His saving work in the Philippians, both the good and the difficult.

The word sanctification means “to be set apart.” The Holy Spirit is attempting to make the believer holy (set apart) and spiritual (reflecting the character of God). This is being accomplished in three phases. First, the believer is forgiven and set apart to God at his conversation (positional sanctification). Second, the believer is constantly being set apart from sin when he utilizes the means of grace (i.e. the Word and prayer) in his life (progressive sanctification). Third, complete sanctification begins at death, or at the Rapture, and is completed when the believer’s spirit is reunited with his resurrection body. We Christians should recognize that God uses all things to accomplish His purpose of making us like Jesus; therefore we should cooperate with the Holy Spirit. (Romans 8 v.28-29).

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