The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 3:18: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from Henry Drummond. He said: “Salvation is a definite process. If a man refuse to submit himself to that process, clearly he cannot have the benefits of it. ‘As many as received Him to them gave He power to become the sons of God.’ He does not avail himself of this power. It may be mere carelessness or apathy. Nevertheless the neglect is fatal. He cannot escape because he will not.”
Our topic today is titled Bringing Many Sons to Glory (Part 5) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.
MEANS FOR PROGRESSIVE SANCTIFICATION
Who and what are the agencies involved in progressive sanctification? Our Father is one. Our Lord Jesus is another. The Holy Spirit is another. The believer’s efforts are not optional. God’s part in sanctification must never lead to a quietism that fails to involve the believer’s activity. Indeed, every command to the believer implies the necessity of his involvement as part of the process. Some verses combine the believer’s part and God’s part in the process of sanctification.
In addition, certain means or things can be used both by God and by the believer to help this growth in holiness. Surely the Word of God stands in the first rank of importance. Certainly prayer will aid the process, if praying is done truly in the name of Christ. That simply means praying so that the Lord could endorse those prayers, or praying in His will. It means underscoring all our prayers with, as Jesus’ own model prayer instructs us, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”