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.
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.