Justification: God declares the believer forgiven and righteous in God’s sight at the moment of conversion.
Sanctification: God progressively makes the believer more free of sin and more like Christ throughout the believer’s life.
Glorification: God ultimately makes the believer spiritually and physically perfect at the resurrection.
If there is no sanctification, then there was no justification and there will be no glorification
Our Role in Sanctification: Four Aspects
- To follow Jesus’ example of humility.
- “Therefore” (v12) points back to verses 5-11.
- Jesus’ example of humility:
- He willingly gave up his own rights (v6-7).
- He became a servant (v7).
- He submitted to everything the Father asked of him (v8).
- Humility is denying oneself.
- The result of Jesus’ humility was that the Father exalted him.
- To be obedient.
- Paul equates working out your salvation with having always obeyed (v12).
- The word for obeyed (hupakouō) means submitting to what is heard.
- To be sanctified, we must receive then submit to the Word of God
- For the Word to have its full sanctifying effect, we must read it (Deuteronomy 17:19), store it in our hearts (Psalm 119:11), examine it (Acts 17:11), rightly handle it (2 Timothy 2:15), and then submit to it.
- To be faithful even when alone.
- Paul comments the Philippians for their obedience “in my absence” (12).
- The true test of faithfulness is when no one is looking.
- To have the proper attitude toward sin.
- The believer will fear the consequences of sin.
- Divine chastisement.
- Broken fellowship with God.
- Lost opportunities to serve.
- Lost rewards in heaven.
- Hindered sanctification.
- If sin proves to be the pattern of your life, the possibility of eternal punishment.
- This fear produces a serious dread of sin.
- It seeks avoid anything that would offend and dishonor God.
God’s Role in Sanctification: Four Certainties
- God’s person.
- “For it is God” (v13) is the foundation for our sanctification.
- God is the only being who could solve man’s sin problem.
- Everything hinges on God’s faithfulness.
- God’s power.
- The word for works (engergeō) means to bring about or empower.
- God changes what you will or desire.
- God changes your works or actions.
- God empowers faith where faith wasn’t possible.
- God empowers holiness where holiness wasn’t possible.
- God empowers love where love wasn’t possible.
- God’s presence.
- God’s work in you ensures your sanctification.
- The Holy Spirit is the guarantee of your inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14).
- We can be assured that God is with us until the end (Matthew 28:20).
- God’s pleasure.
- God created the universe for God’s glory.
- God redeemed man for God’s glory.
- It pleases God to sanctify the believer.