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The Unequaled Gain of Glory (20 of 47)
When we talk about salvation we must realize that that it means more than just the point and time that someone comes to Christ as their Savior and Lord. I have related it before, but I think it is good to be reiterated that salvation comes in three distinct but interrelated aspects.
1) Justification - that is the point in time when someone comes to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. That is what Paul talked about in the first three chapters of this book. The need of people to be justified.
2) Sanctification - that is what happens in the life of the believer when God takes control of the believer. They start possessing the marks of their father. That is what Paul talks about in Chapters 4 through part of Chapter 8.
3) Glorification - that is what happens when a Christian dies and goes to heaven. That is what Paul will talk about through the next few verses.
Whether we think about it or not every Christian lives in the light and hope of glory. That hope is perhaps best summed up by John in his first epistle where he wrote, "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is." (I Jn 3:2 NIV).
Because of our consummate trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, God graciously adopted us a His own children, and one day "we shall be like Him" like the perfect, sinless Son of God who took our sin upon Himself in order that we might share not only His righteousness but His glory!
The ultimate purpose of salvation is to forgive and to cleanse men of their sin and to restore to them God's glory and thereby bring to Him still greater glory through the working of that sovereign act of grace. The still greater glory through the working of that sovereign act of grace. The glory that believers are destined to receive through Jesus Christ, however, wil ...
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