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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.

32 Responses to “Salvation – Justification, Sanctification, Glorification”

  1. Francis Saigut said

    Thats a simple and clear explanation and teaching on Gods will.The church needs to really understand those three key things about salvation.thanks & God bless you

    • josh barnabas said

      isn’t Sabbath keeping part of the sanctification process, it’s not motives that counts, its works that counts, faith without works is dead, if you love your Jesus you will do his bidding John 14:15

      • Caleb said

        The works isn’t what gets us into Heaven. Rather, our actions are the proof that our faith is real.

  2. Deepak said

    I’m blessed to read about it. Just before reading it i was preparing to talk about it to a friend interested in Christianity. Its simple, clear and Biblical. It helped me much.

  3. Don said

    I think of Justification as Christ Jesus died for my sins (all of them)and I am justified by believing this(Faith).If I try to add to this(work) is Sin because then I don’t trust God
    I also think my santification is a moment by moment process of letting the Holy Spirit control my thinking,actions,my whole life. Even though I fail through prayer I can be forgiven and get back in fellowship with GOD.
    My Glorification will happen when I recieve my glorified body.
    I think we are on the same page. Thank You for Your Web site

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  5. S.Dosu Adedayo said

    Well done,your explanations on the above three concepts have been made so clear, most especially to those struggling with them.However,it appears or implies that you introduced the the concept of purification under your explanation on sanctification when you wrote that “Our actions or work sanctify and purify us” Have you used the word “purify” as integral part of sanctification or what is your take here?

  6. Thanks so much for your post…I was look for a simply written explanation of the salvation process…I found it here….Thanks Again

    Jillian Lawrence

  7. Our Church is now offering free class Discipleship 101, our Pastor started in with 5 Disciple in downtown. We have now 7th batch of Discipleship with newly Graduates of 600 held in our Church. Students comes from different Churches (including Pastors).
    The explanation is very similar or accurately explain as written above.
    This brought us great relief about salvation, justification,sanctification and glorification process.

  8. Greg Ervin said

    James 2:24-26 states: “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” (James 2:24-26 ESV)

    • Brandon said

      Love this passage. In the whole context of “watch what my faith does”, (paraphrased) this passage is focusing not on justification through works, but focusing on the proof of real faith by the works done, resulting in justification. see James 2:18

  9. Can we really be sanctified by works. When we are Justified by the Blood of Jesus Christ, and accept the grace by confessing our sins, we cannot add to that. Our sins, past present and future are forgiven and covered by the Blood of our Lord. To the One True Living Triunal God; the Father sees us as pure and holy. When man looks at us, he or she sees us as the sinners that we are. God sees us as sanctified, Holy and pure and we do works and add disciples. Greg, as Hank says, “We need to read scripture in light of other scripture often times/’ “Our righteousness is as filthy rags.” That is referring to our best works. We cannot be sanctified by works. Our rewards increase by works if we do not fulfill that with reward in mind. If we are sinless, how can we not be sanctified?

    • Gino said

      Colin, you have stated here that we need to “look at scripture in light of scripture”, true. In that thought pattern I agree. Here is where EVERY person who reads gets in there own way. Due to pre-suppositions that come from either what we have hear’d or read and not to leave out our upbringing, we all have a personal paradigm that is developed partially on preference. So therefore in the light of scripture with respect to this subject, we cannot forget James, who speaks of the perseverance of our faith (sanctification) and the works that go along with it. Speaking to believers here in chapter 5, he makes a point that there are those (believers) who have wandered from the truth that need to be brought back or face death. Which is obviously a spiritual death since you cannot be saved from a physical death and thus means eternal separation from God. This goes to point out that being “saved” from future sins is NOT automatic and therefore proves that we must participate in the sanctification process. Which is very simply, a life lived/ works, in Jesus.

  10. Gino, I could not agree more, and I did not mean to imply that we could be saved, thus sanctified and then sit around on our worldly bottoms and maintain that. James is truly the best example I have studied on this subject as well. I believe that when we are truly saved and realize the eternal significance of that, we will go forward and grow closer to the image of Christ due to the works through faith. I am sad that I was so long in coming to that. I did not mean that we are sanctified so it is a done deal. A truly born again Christian will strive to do what God has for him or her to glorify God and make disciples (the last commandment at the last supper) along with love one another. I am glad that you responded to this because I know that there are some who know the truth and seek to know God more and more, which we will do for eternity because of an infinite God. God has lighted many passages and put people in my path lately who are all talking about two things generally; the power of prayer and the need to grow. I am talking about, like, the growth of Paul. No more lip service. Just service. No more picking and choosing to follow what feels good but burying ourselves in the word, and truly glorifying prayer. God Bless You

  11. HisWitness said

    your explanation is very simple and good. a few weeks back, I talked about this with a colleague of mine, and unless because biblical translations are a bit different, I know I read another verse that Paul wrote, that explains it just like you said. thank you. God bless.

    • Colin P. Sumpter said

      I had not been on this site for a time, but I appreciate your comments, HisWitness. This subject seems to be something that has been ongoing from the starting line. I have trouble with; should I even say anything about doing good works? What is enough? Is it ever enough? I know there is no point at which one can say “I have arrived” except perhaps when Paul in his last days in a cold damp criminal’s prison writing his last to Timothy. He said, “I have run the good race” I am in tears as I type because I often come up so short and think I am God’s warrior. Paul was in one of the worst places ever and all he asked was for a little companionship before he left for his reward. I know that God will use us as He will if we are truly open and willing. All of our prayers should be for others except those in which we ask for His will, guidance, and strength. Although. As He shows us his will and guides us by whatever measures, I suppose we will have the strength. That though is where I fail miserably. I try much of the time to do what I beleive is God’s will by my strength, and then feel I may not be running so well. I have recently prayed that I might just be where he wants me to be and have the wisdom to get out of the way from there. I thank Him and praise Him knowing that my very breath and heartbeat is by His strength. Through Christ our Lord, I thank all of my brothers and sisters who run beside me and moreso those who run ahead. Colin

  12. Prashant M. Joshua said

    It is simple, clear and very easy to understand. It really helped me a lot. Today the church needs to know all the three different stages of our Salvation, which God offered to us free of cost. One cannot be so over-confident that once saved means everything is over and nothing to be done by us.

  13. Bam Kabeya said

    Simple, straightforward, edifying!

  14. am really enjoying reading your comments brethren s. its all to the glory of God.

  15. If I could Love for five minutes the way that Paul says it should be. The Greatest Gift. We pray for faith and healing and the hungry. If we would pray for Love the way we pursue other gifts all would fall into place. He said NOTHING else is of any consequence if we do not Love. You love Christ, good, He died so that we could live. No greater Love had a man. God so Loved the world . . . He sacrificied and forsook his own son. Jesus died for the wretched creatures we are. You Love Him. Good. Where did you get the Love. I want to know because I can’t ever feel I love him enough; ever. I have started to pray for that Love. I want to know it. I know He Loves me. Of course. Square One. We Love Him; really? We give Billions to killing babies. “Whatever you have done for the least of these you have done for me” We take food and sustenance from the elderly and send weapons and money to people who our leader watches kill our own citizens and allies. We have very little time know that love. Oh, you don’t do those things? I do. I watch. I give money to help but if I really loved I would be going the distance in some way. When I love the Way God Loves. I will feel sanctified. The Word says I am but it just doesn’t seem that way sometimes.. Guess I need more Faith. CPS

  16. sherry said

    Im in biblical school and I was lead to understand the 3 part of salvation more and your article was indeed a blessing. It was what my instructed stated but you put it in such a simple form I was blessed and felt the love of God. Thanks for allowing God to use you! Be blessed and prosperous in Jesus name.

  17. Douglass L. Williams said

    I liked this infromation it helps in serngthening my faith .

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  20. mypsychobabbles said

    I will repost this article. Very clear and easy to understand. We cannot sit idly by after accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We need to work for progress and sin less and less until we become Christlike.

    Thank you for this.

  21. Effendi said

    I don’t see salvation is splitted in 3 parts and justfication is apart from sanctification.
    Instead, sanctification covers 3 parts: Justification (heb 10:10-once for all by the blood of Christ), Maturity (heb 12:14-by single offering forever), glorification (col3:4).
    However, we need to be rooted in the word and promise of God that He is the starter and the finisher of our faith is able to complete it in us (phil 1:6) and keep us (rom8:38-39); unless we could stumble, even depart from the faith. (The seed on Rocky Ground, Matt 13, Mark 4, Luk 8)

  22. Ijeh Simeon said

    I now understand very well what justification and sanctification is .

  23. vicmon said

    thanx God i understood the the three kinds of salvation very clear.

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  25. Adewole Edward Akinyemi said

    Surely, every child of God, after being justified during salvation experience, must endeavour to seek sanctification experience. Thiswill surely make his christian journey filled with testimonies of success at every encounter with the world at every junction. Lord Sanctify Me Spirit Soul And Body, making me ready at His appearing, amen.

  26. John bwire said

    The church need to understand these three things the simple way.
    In my theological class the same crucial points were taught . God bless you in Jesus Christ name.

  27. John bwire said

    Amen and Amen. God bless this platform in Jesus name.

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