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SALVATION, SANCTIFICATION AND GLORIFICATION (2 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
I John 3:1-3
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, I want you to
turn with me to First John, chapter 3. I pray God to
day that it will be a blessing to our hearts as we
study the theme of SALVATION, the most important theme
in the Word of God and in the Christian life. I hope
it will be a challenge to our hearts.
We found out something about Salvation. We found that
it isn't just a light subject. It is a very complex
thing, but something that is easily understood if we
get three thoughts.
We defined for you that Salvation is a crisis,
followed by a process, and issuing into a perfect
state. We found that the crisis is the New Birth,
found in John 3. We found that God doesn't stop with
just giving us birth, anymore than a baby stops
growing at physical birth. He doesn't stop there. The
baby has a life to live, and you and I have a life to
live. So there is a process going on, the process of
living. We are to "work" out our Salvation with fear
and trembling, even as a baby when born works out its
physical life. There is a PROCESS of sanctification.
The process called in Bible terms "sanctification" is
found in Second Corinthians 3:18. "We all, beholding
as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, ARE BEING
transfigured into the same image, from glory to
glory." which means, in the image of Jesus Christ.
Now, we come today to the most blessed part of that
whole business, and that is THE PERFECT STATE that
will be ours when we see our Lord face to face. For
salvation is not only the crisis of the new birth, and
the process of sanctification; it is not complete till
we SEE JESUS. Then there will be completed in us the
process of sanctification. Sanctification, then GLORI-
FICATION. Let me repeat: that is when we SEE JESUS,
whether by death or by His Return.
We read in First John 3, verse 1, "Behold, what manner
of love the Fath ...
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