Philip. 2:12-13 (ESV)
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,  for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Last time we were together, we learned how important it is to practice humility in the local church. We learned that if a church is to be seen as a unified body of believers, humility must be at work gluing each member together into a healthy church.
The flow of Philippians moves from Humility to Unity and now Unity to Sanctification.
We see from various passages that the lost world will see Christ as they watch the church in unity being made into the image of Christ.
To address this text of Scripture, we must begin by defining a couple terms:
Justification-Is an instantaneous legal act of God in which He (1) thinks of our sins as forgiven and Christ’s righteousness as belonging to us, and (2) declares us to be righteous in His sight.—Grudem
Sanctification- Is a progressive work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives.—Grudem
Justification- Instantaneous…Declared Righteous…God’s Work Alone
Sanctification- Progressive…Being Made Righteous…God and Man’s Work
One very clear verse on justification among many is found in Romans 8
In this text we see the contrast between condemn- declaring guilty and justification declaring not guilty. Continue Reading