Salvation – Justification, Sanctification, Glorification
God’s plan for our salvation has three parts in this order: Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification.
Justification is God’s unconditional love for us through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.
Sanctification is the reciprocation of our love toward Jesus.
Glorification is the ultimate reward we’ll receive when Jesus returns. We’ll be like Christ.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Each one of us have broken God’s Law. This is sin. The wages of sin is (eternal) death. This price is more than we can ever repay–it is impossible. Because of God the father’s unconditional love for the us, he gave his only begotten Son Jesus to pay for our debt of eternal death on the cross. This one time event is done by Jesus. Only Jesus is worthy to pay the price for each one of us because he never sinned. He has not broken God’s Law. Only Jesus can die a physical death and raise back to life; conquering death and taking the keys of hell. There’s nothing we can add to our justification.
We are justified by Christ alone.
After justification is sanctification. It’s the reciprocation of our love toward God. We are sanctified with the help of the Holy Spirit (Comforter) that Jesus gives us. Sanctification means to set a part or to make holy. The Holy Spirit helps us in this process to become like Christ. This is not a one time event; it’s a life long process. Our actions or work sanctify and purify us. We are separated from the world. We are in the world but not of the world. Our actions would be holy and righteous. We should think about heavenly things instead of worldly things. If you sanctify yourself to God, you may find that the world will hate you and persecute you.
Don’t get confused with justification. It’s the your motive that counts. Our actions or work is to do what Jesus commands us to do, and not adding to our justification. Many churches are stuck in justification and believing that any work is adding to justification. They call it legalism. Our work of obedience to Jesus is the reward we will receive. E.g. If you don’t fast or worship on the Sabbath (Saturday), you will not lose your salvation. Either way, you are just as justified. But if you do, your effort will please God and your reward will be waiting for you.
The third stage in the plan of salvation is our glorification. We won’t be glorified until after Jesus returns. John writes of this in his first letter when he states that “when he shall appear we shall be like him (1 John 3:2). Paul refers to this stage frequently. For example: “For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality (1 Corinthians 15:53). He also refers to a time when “we shall all be changed in a moment in do, twinkling of an eye at the last trump” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). Paul speaks further of the doctrine of glorification when he says in Romans 8:18, “For the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” We get glorified bodies and a new name. Feasting with Jesus. Receiving eternal life and being with Him wherever he goes.
Praise the Lord.