Fear of God Devotional: Our Part in Our Own Sanctification

What is a Christian’s responsibility in sanctification?

Marcus Serven explains in this video that one of the key passages in Scripture that explains and discusses the interplay between holiness and knowing that you are complete in Christ is found in Philippians.

While it may seem as though you alone are responsible for your sanctification, Paul in the book of Philippians explains that while you do indeed make effort, God also works in you for His good pleasure. While justification is a single, monergistic effort in that only God changes you and declares that you are no longer under his judgment, sanctification is synergistic in that Holy Spirit is at work in you while you cooperate in working out your salvation in fear and trembling. Thus, you are making efforts as you are being convicted by your sin. These take human decisions and resolution, but God is also at work in you. Thus, sanctification is of a cooperative nature.

Philippians 2:12-13 (NKJV) – “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now 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 do for His good pleasure.”