by Zach Terry

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Progressive Sanctification (10 of 21)
Series: Ephesians
Zach Terry
Ephesians 4:17-24

Before we get into the text I want to give you a brief refresher course in theology. The Bible speaks of salvation in three tenses:

1. Past Tense, Justification
Justification is what Paul was talking about in 2 Timothy 1:8-9 (NASB95)
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling…

• Justification is the Judicial declaration that you are righteous because of Christ.
• Justification is all of God and none of man.
Martin Luther was right when he said - the only contribution we make to our justification is the sin God so graciously forgives.

Justification happens instantly and completely.

• When you are saved, you are as Justified as any Christian in all of History.
• When you are saved, you are as Justified as you will ever be. (In heaven you will be no more Justified than you are right now.

2. Then there is the Future Tense of salvation…Glorification
Romans 5:9 (NASB95)
9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

Since you have been Justified by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ God promises that you will be glorified.

Glorification is what Paul is talking about when he writes in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.

• Again glorification is completely and totally a work of God whereby He changes your physical body into a spiritual eternal body.

But the bible also uses t ...

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