God declares a sinner righteous because of the perfect life, death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ. The life of His son, Jesus Christ was preparation for the cross. It was the life of Jesus that prepared Him to go to His death on the cross and take with Him the sins of all mankind( past, present, and future)subsequently purchasing the redemption of man with His blood. Jesus’ glorification came through the cross. Jesus said “Love one another as I have loved you.” He then backs that statement up with an absolute-“There is no greater love then this, for a man to give up his life for the sake of another”.
The love of God is determined by His character. God is love and He cannot be anything else because He came from love. When Jesus came to live on earth in the form of a man His life was the crux-and it still is-of what unconditional love looked like. So Jesus treated Judas no differently than the rest of the disciples.
Based on this and the fact that our identity comes from Christ, love is the greatest outward indicator of our faith. This causes us to search inward and ask the question “How am I loving like Jesus.” The love of God is who God is and not who we are. So what does God think of us? This is an absolute. The only way for us to Jesus is thru the Father. The only way for Jesus to the Father was the cross. Therefore, Jesus is the ONLY way to eternal happiness with God. So, the only way through the muck, mire and pain of this life to the eternal presence of God is through the gate, which is accepting the gift of grace and going thru the narrow gate. A Christian’s greatest works show that Jesus is God and they spread His kingdom. When we pray in Jesus’ name we are not asking that a mystical power be released to accomplish what we ask. We are praying in Jesus’ name so that what we ask comes in line with His will for us. Nothing tears at a father’s heart like the death of his son.
I have stayed away from defining justification and sanctification – as they have been touched upon here – because they are two very distinct but separate concepts, ones that are worth exploring. They ‘piggyback’ each other as one is an act and the other is a process. The act is important in starting the process and the results of the act are instantaneous while the results of the process are life long and may never be seen by the individual. One is temporal and the other is eternal.