“Salvation is broken into three parts theologically:
(1) Justification, which means being made right with God, being forgiven for sin
(2) Sanctification, which is a process whereby I grow and become more like Christ
(3) Glorification, which is someday when I’m with him…I will be as he is.”
When we understand salvation as a holistic process with a beginning, middle and end, we begin to realize that passages that put the emphasis on our responsibility for salvation are referring to our current stage in the process: sanctification, rather than taking the glory away from God. “Another way of saying it is “I was saved, I am being saved, and I will be saved,” says Ken Wytsma, Pastor of Antioch Church and Founder of The Justice Conference.