When a believer is saved a lot of wonderful things happen. Not only have we been given a sentence of ‘justified’ in God’s courtroom (Cf. Rom 5:8-9; Eph 2.8), we are also joined to Christ (Eph 5:31-32), sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13-14), bought out of slavery to sin (Rom 6:6, 14), and adopted into God’s family (Gal 4:4-7). God the Father then begins working in the lives of His adopted children through the Holy Spirit’s divine enablement of their human efforts to make them more like Christ: a process we call sanctification. Our sanctification continues until the final stage of our salvation: glorification.
The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message defines glorification:
Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
Our resurrection to be with the Lord for eternity be glorious, though we don’t know all the details about our resurrection bodies.
Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:49, ESV)
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2, ESV)
This final stage of our salvation, “glorification”, is when our earthly bodies are transformed and ushered into the presence of God.
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:16–17, ESV)
There are 3 stages, or blessings, that encompass a believer’s salvation:
Justification (past) – I have been saved from the penalty of sin (by God’s grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ).
Sanctification (present) – I am being saved from the power of sin (by the Spirit’s divine enablement of our human efforts).
Glorification (future) – I will be saved from the presence of sin.
As a believer, you one day will be saved from the presence of sin.
Further reading: Rom 8:16-23; 1Cor 15:35-58; Rev 21:1-8
David Harris is the Senior Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. A former programmer, in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and trying his hand at the illusive craft of smoking meat. You can follow him on Twitter @rdharriswv