Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Title: Carry it on to Completion
By Thong Vee Kean

Philippians 1:6 – being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (NIV)

When I believed and received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour in university, I was under the impression that my salvation in Christ was completed. Then I came across justification, sanctification and glorification in the Bible and from sermons.

Justification, sanctification and glorification are three aspects of salvation in Christ. Justification had taken place when I received Jesus’ gift of salvation through His sacrifice for me on the cross. Jesus had saved me from the penalty of my sin (my position is in Christ). I had at the same time received the Holy Spirit who carries out sanctification, so that I’m presently being saved from the power of sin (my condition is becoming like Christ). Glorification will come when Christ returns, so that I will be saved in the future from the presence of sin (my expectation is to be like Christ). Therefore, those in Christ are subjects of justification work that has passed, sanctification work that is on-going and glorification work that is to come by our Triune God.

I was recently reminded that a good haircut would depend on giving the barber my full co-operation. Sudden movements on my part would result in an awkward snip here and there. Similarly, as subjects of God’s work of salvation, it is in our interest and for our wellbeing that we give our full co-operation to God. It involves trusting in God, obeying Him and submitting to Him instead of relying on our own strength and understanding. Our God who began the good work of salvation in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ’s return.

Prayer:
Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your perfect plan of salvation for us. We seek Your forgiveness as we did not put our trust in You, we disobeyed You or we did not submit to Your will from time to time. We acknowledge that You who began the good work of salvation in us will carry it on to completion until the day of our Lord. In Jesus’ most precious name we pray, Amen.

班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
星期三, 2021年10月13日
标题:成全这工
作者:汤伟权弟兄
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

【腓立比书1:6】 我深信那在你们心里动了善工的,必成全这工,直到耶稣基督的日子。

当我在大学里相信并接受耶稣作为我的主和救主时,我以为我在基督里的救恩已经完成了。后来,我在圣经和证道中发现称义、成圣和得荣耀。

称义、成圣和得荣耀是在基督里得救的三个层面。当我因耶稣在十字架上为我牺牲而领受祂的救恩时,就已经称义了;耶稣已使我从罪的刑罚得拯救(我的位置在基督里)。我同时也领受了使我成圣的圣灵,以致我现今从罪的权势得拯救(我的情况变得渐渐像基督了)。当基督再来的时候,荣耀将会到来,这样我将来就可以从罪的界域得拯救(我的期望是要像基督一样)。因此,那些在基督里的人是过去式称义工作的对象,是现在式正在进行的成圣工作的对象,以及是将来式由我们三位一体的上帝而来荣耀工作的对象。

最近有人提醒我,一个好的发型取决于我能否与理发师充分合作。我这方面的突然动作会导致四处都是修剪失误的尴尬。同样,作为上帝拯救工作的子民,我们与上帝充分合作,是为了我们的利益和福祉。它包括信靠上帝、听从祂并顺服祂,而不是依靠我们自己的力量和聪明。我们的上帝,在我们里面开始了拯救的善工,祂会成全这工,一直到基督再来的那一天。

祈祷:

我们的天父,我们感谢祢对我们的完美救恩计划。我们寻求祢的宽恕,因为我们不时地没有信靠祢,违背了祢,没有顺服祢的旨意。我们知道,祢在我们里面开始了拯救的善工,必定会成全这工,直到我们主的日子。我们奉耶稣最宝贵的名祈祷,阿们。