Salvation, Sanctification And Service
By the grace of God we are called to salvation – ‘saved through faith’ – , sanctification – ‘for good works’ – , and service – ‘according to the gift of God’s grace… by the working of His power’, we are enabled ‘to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ’ (2:8-10; 3:7-8).
When we consider all of this, we say in our hearts, ‘To God be the glory’! (3:21).
We are ‘strengthened with power through His Spirit in our inner being’ so that we might live as those who are saved, sanctified and serving.
Even when we are deeply conscious of our own great weakness, we draw encouragement from this: God is ‘able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us’ (3:16,20).
We grow in grace as we share in fellowship – ‘eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit’ (4:3).