Bringing Many Sons to Glory, Part 3 (Understanding God’s Great Salvation #56)


The Bible says in Romans 8:29-30: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from Tom Wells. He said: “It is not right to credit salvation to good works. It is right and necessary, however, to expect good works to follow salvation. Salvation is not the result of good works, but good works are the result of salvation.”

Our topic today is titled Bringing Many Sons to Glory (Part 3) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.

— THE FACETS OF SANCTIFICATION

But what of sanctification? Nowhere does it appear in Paul’s list in Romans 8:29-30. Only predestination, calling, justification, and glorification. Why is sanctification not included? Could it be that Paul did not want to base our guarantee of ultimate glorification on our personal sanctification Assuredly it does not rest on that, for the many sons who will be glorified will have exhibited varying degrees of personal holiness during their lifetimes. Yet all, from the carnal to the most mature, will be glorified.

Some of the confusion may arise from a failure to distinguish the facets of sanctification. The word sanctify basically means “to set apart.” It has the same root as the words holy and saint. Every believer has been sanctified, for all have been set apart to God and adopted into His family. That is why all believers are saints. Even of the carnal Christians at Corinth, Paul dared to say that they were washed, they were sanctified, and they were justified. The same tense (indicating an accomplished fact, not something to be attained) is used for all three verbs. This aspect of sanctification separates all believers to their new position as belonging to God. Paul had already addressed these Corinthians as those who had been sanctified. Positional sanctification is an actual position that is not dependent on the state of one’s spiritual growth and maturity. The one-time offering of our Lord Jesus has sanctified us and perfected us in perpetuity—forever.

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