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In Philippians 1:6, Paul tells us that he was confident that God was competent to complete what He has begun in those of us who have accepted Christ. As the old saying goes, He is able to save, "from the guttermost to the uttermost."
In this passage, Paul explains on three aspects of the salvation that has been provided for us in Christ. He tells us three things about the work of salvation that God brings about in the life of one who has accepted Christ as their personal Savior.
1. Salvation Begun - "He who began a good work in you"
Our salvation commences with the decision to accept Christ as our personal Savior.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of Godís one and only Son." - John 3:16-18 (NIV)
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life." - John 5:24 (NASB)
Through faith in Christ, I have been saved from the penalty of sin because I have accepted the payment of Christ.
Many people, though, donít see themselves as sinners in need of salvation. They make excuses like these: "My good deeds outweigh my bad," or "Iím not as bad as some people," or "Usually Iím a good person."
Their shortcomings, they feel, donít jeopardize their standing before Almighty God.
But imagine a citizen being brought to trial for several charges of shoplifting. It would be useless for that person to appeal to the judge by saying: "Donít forget, my good deeds outweigh my bad." "Iím not as bad as many others." "Most of the time Iím a law-abiding citizen." The offender must be judged according to the offense, not according to previous good deeds. If justice is to be done, someone must pay, and that someone should be the offender - unless another is allowed to bear the penalty instead. Thatís exactly what Christ in love did for all sinners, namely, you and me.
"But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left Godís paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the guilt and sins of us all." - Isaiah 53:5-6 (NLT)
"We are made right in Godís sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. For all have sinned; all fall short of Godís glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty."
- Romans 3:22-24 (NLT)
(We are reminded of this when we partake
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