What is Complete Salvation?

Justification + Sanctification + Glorification = Complete Salvation

“And that is what some of you were.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Messiah Yeshua and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

The first time I heard the terms justification, sanctification and glorification used together to describe salvation,  I knew this was a foundation stone in my faith walk that had been missing.  After listening to years of teachings regarding ‘being saved’ or ‘born again,’ I always wondered, ‘then what?’  If I asked my pastors this question, I received the same answer, “Jesus is all we need.”   In regard to justification, this statement is absolutely true.  Jesus’ sacrificial death is the only way a sinner is justified before God.

When I asked those same pastors, ‘What do we have that is different and sets us apart from the rest of the world,” I received the same answer.  “All we need is Jesus.” For some reason, that just didn’t seem to fill the ‘missing piece’ in my spirit.

If sanctification was taught, it was assimilated into the concept of justification.  Rather than being a separate part of a believer’s walk as defined in Scripture, sanctification fell under the ‘grace’ doctrine and sinful lifestyles became justified rather than sanctified.  Just because someone claims to know Jesus doesn’t suddenly change their lifestyle.  Look around, many still walk a life of defeat with overwhelming sin.  So how do we become sanctified? What does sanctification ‘look’ like?

Glorification was never taught except with the rapture doctrine. “Jesus saved me and soon I will be caught up with him in the clouds and be in heaven. This can happen at any moment, so be ready.”   What does it mean be ready’ if I only need Jesus.  What happens between the the time I got ‘saved’ and then suddenly am taken up in the clouds? For most believers like me, the time between being born again (saved) and the meeting the Lord in the sky includes the rest of  our lives.

Justification

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Messiah Yeshua…. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith …” (Romans 3:23, 27-28).

The word ‘justify’ means ‘to show or provide adequate reason for something’  For example, in a court of law, poor person may ‘justify’ their reason for stealing a loaf of bread; a murderer may try to ‘justify’ his reason for killing his wife.

In the Garden of Eden, Adam tried to justify his sin by blaming Eve.  Eve tried to justify her disobedience by blaming the serpent.  Many times we try to justify sin by claiming certain Scriptures are not for today or ‘we’re not convicted of that yet.’  Adam and Eve tried to hid their sin by making fig leaf coverings, but no one is justified by what they do or don’t do.  We are justified only by God’s grace through the redemption that comes through Yeshua.

“God made him who had no sin to a sin offering for us …” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

The yod-hey-vav-hey became flesh in the person of Yeshua who paid the death wage of sin for us;  he became our sin offering. Putting our faith in his blood is the only justification we have before God.  There is no other way; no other religion that offers freedom from sin by faith.

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Messiah Yeshua” (Romans 5:1).

Sanctification

“Sanctify them by the truth; your Word is Truth” (John 17:17).

By faith we are justified before God and can stand in His presence.  After we are justified, we enter a life of sanctification that grows us into maturity.  The word ‘sanctify’ comes from the Greek word hagios and  means ‘separation’.    The word ‘saint’ comes from the word ‘sanctify’.  In Hebrew ‘sanctify’ is holy or kadosh  and means “to set apart for sacred use, consecrate, make holy, and purify.”   Each of these definitions for ‘holy’ suggest a process that takes time.

According to Yeshua, the Word or the Truth sanctifies us and sets us apart as God’s people or His saints.  Through the Truth, we learn what God desires us to do or not to do.  As we read His Word and obey it, we become more set apart for Him.  We become more sanctified or holy. This holiness is in direct comparison to Yeshua and his walk and not a comparison to those around us.  Each person is on a different walk of sanctification; some walk the faith more slowly than others.  What is important is that we’re on a sanctifying walk grounded in the Truth of God’s Word and His Spirit.

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

God Himself sanctifies us so we are ready for the return of Yeshua. The process of sanctification happens throughout our entire being: our spirit, soul and body.  As we grow in the Word, our emotions and physical bodies should become more set apart for God and look less like the world.

“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the Truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13).

This verse says we’re saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and belief in the Truth.   The second step of the salvation process is through the work of God’s Spirit in our lives and how we obey the the Truth of His Word.

“Who [You]  have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Messiah Yeshua … (1 Peter 1:2).

The purpose of the sanctifying Spirit of God in our lives is to make us obedient to Yeshua.   The Spirit of God and the Word work together to set us apart from the world on a daily basis.  How do we receive the work of the Spirit? If we love the Word in the flesh, Yeshua, we will obey the commands of his Father.  It is our love for Yeshua, that brings forth obedience and ultimately the sanctifying Spirit of God.   Our sanctified lifestyle is proof of God’s Spirit living in us, convicting us of sin and transforming us into His saints.

“If you love me, you will obey what I command.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth” (John 14:15).

“Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that the lives in us:  We know it by the Spirit he gave us” (1 John 3:24).

Yeshua and the Commands

“Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.  But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them.  This is how we know we are in him:  Whoever claims to live in him must live as Yeshua did” (1 John 2:4-6).

If one believes Yeshua is the visible image of God, they must also believe that every command given by God, spoken by Him, written by His hand, inspired by Him, becomes reality in Yeshua.   Every command written in Torah, the Prophets, the Writings and the Letters from the Apostles were written for us to obey.  If we choose to dismiss or consider irrelevant the commands of God, then  we will not receive the Spirit of Truth about those things.  However, those things that believe by faith and obey, the Spirit will guide us into all Truth.  This is one of the amazing truths about obeying the commands of God – His reason is not understood until it’s obeyed.  For example, it’s only after remembering to keep the Sabbath day as God created and commanded it that He sends His Spirit of Truth and the understanding of the ‘day’ begins.   If we choose not to obey the commands of the Father,  then Yeshua doesn’t ask Him to send His Spirit.  We do not receive the understanding for the command nor is there any evidence that God’s Spirit.

The best way to obey Yeshua is to live as he did.  He never broke one command of his Father; in fact,  he taught that those who teach others to obey the commands will be great in the Kingdom; those who teach others to break the least of the commands will be least in the Kingdom (Matthew 5:17).   When we imitate him in our lives, we will not only obey the commandments, but become sanctified and set apart as he was.

Adoption into a Family

An adopted child may have had a lifestyle contrary to their new family.  They may not resemble the family or have an understanding of the new way of life.  However, they have received a new name, a new home, and new parents.  They must now conform to the image of the family taking on the family rules.  If they love their new father and mother, they will obey the family rules and will begin to look like a member of the family.  There will be peace between siblings and the parents.  If they do not love their new parents, they remain a family member due to ‘adoption,’ but as they go out into the world, they will not be recognized as a family member, will not honor their ‘adopted’ parents and create grief and pain for the entire household.

When we are born again into God’s kingdom,  we are adopted into His family as if we were natural children.  We become heirs with His other children and take on His name.  We are to look like members of His household and learn His family rules so the world can see that we have been ‘adopted’ into the family of God.  This is the essence of sanctification and is a lifelong process.

“Look, I am coming soon. My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done” (Revelation 22:12).

There are eternal rewards for what we do in our walk of sanctification.  How much we ‘counted the cost’ and walked in the sanctifying work of the Spirit through the Word determines our reward in the eternal Kingdom of God, including least and greatest.  We are either ‘saved’ by the skin of our teeth as one escaping the lake of fire or are wholly and purposefully committed to serving Yeshua and the reward that He will bring.

Glorification

“And those he predestined, he also called those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified” (Romans 8:30).

The definition of ‘glorification’ is  ‘to give glory, honor, or high praise, to exalt.’  Glorification is the culmination of complete salvation when we are resurrected with a new glorified immortal body and transformed into the image of Messiah.  When the day of glory comes, we will assemble before Yahweh to praise, honor and magnify Him for all eternity.   This is our hope; this should be our vision for eternity and the coming restoration of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

“So all of us, with faces unveiled, see as in a mirror the glory of the Lord; and we are being changed into his very image, from one degree of glory to the next, by Adonai the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

In eternity, the process of sanctification will give transformation to degrees of glory.   There will be those who glorify Yahweh in robes washed in the blood of the Lamb.  They will hold palm branches and shout, “Salvation belongs to our God” (Revelation 7:9).  Others will receive “fine linen, bright and clean to wear which stands for the righteous acts of the saints” (Revelation 19:8).  We will also receive an inheritance in keeping with the will of God.  It will be an inheritance in proportion to the glory of Messiah within each of us.

Also in union with him we were given an inheritance, we who were picked in advance according to the purpose of the One who effects everything in keeping with the decision of his will, so that we who earlier had put our hope in the Messiah would bring him praise commensurate with his glory” (Ephesians 1:11-12). 

Our glorification will ultimately be the glorification of Yahweh.  His sovereignty through His mercy and justice will be revealed in an unparalleled manner.  The gathering of the glorified Body of Messiah will be an event unlike anything ever witnessed in all of Yahweh’s creation.  The praise and worship will be like nothing that has happened before in all of creation.

“On the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people (saints) and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.   This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you” (2 Thessalonians 1:10).

Furthermore, you who heard the message of the truth, the Good News offering you deliverance, and put your trust in the Messiah were sealed by him with the promised Ruach HaKodesh [Holy Spirit},  who guarantees our inheritance until we come into possession of it and thus bring him praise commensurate with his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14). 

Justification by faith in Messiah and sanctification through the Spirit and the Truth will result in glory in the eternal Kingdom of God.  This is complete salvation; this is what it means to be saved.

©2010 Tentstake Ministries

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