A Verse I’m Really Thankful For!

Posted on November 17, 2021

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By David Ettinger

Being Molded
You’ve heard, or read, the expression, “God isn’t through with me yet.”

It’s true, and it means that at the moment God saved you, He did not say, “Okay, you belong to Me now. I’ll see you when you get to Heaven.”

Upon being saved, God began in you the lifelong process of sanctification. Sanctification, biblically, means to be set apart for use by its owner. As such, God has a purpose for you (Ephesians 2:10), and for your entire lifespan will mold you for that purpose.

This molding includes God fine-tuning your personality and behavior. He is strengthening your weak points and showing you where you fall short in your Christian walk.

We see this in the Bible as the likes of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, and the prophet Elijah had to be fine-tuned. God is constantly molding you into the vessel for His glory He has designed you to be.

The Perfect Verse
Though this concept appears throughout the Bible, one particular verse expresses it beautifully – Philippians 1:6: “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work among you will complete it by the day of Christ Jesus.”

The Context
This verse is written to the church at Philippi, and the question arises: What is the “good work” the author – the apostle Paul – is referring to?

This “good work” could refer back to the previous verse, which reads, “in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.” This “participation” was the generosity of the Philippians in providing financial support for Paul’s evangelism work. If so, the “good work” was the blessings the Philippians’ financial contributions would reap.    

However, many believe the “good work” of verse 6 is salvation. If so – and this is where most Bible students stand – than the thinking here is what I wrote earlier: God began the good work with the Philippians in saving them, and He will continue working in them.

I think both explanations are correct – the immediate context of the Philippians’ financial contributions AND the work God does individually in the hearts of believers.

This second explanation is what makes Philippians 1:6 so encouraging! That its significance goes way beyond the church at Philippi to all believers is indeed wonderful news!

And though written to a specific body of believers, you today can take it personally. Read it again, but this time as God speaking directly to you, making you a promise you can stake your life on: “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work among you will complete it by the day of Christ Jesus.”

The “day of Jesus Christ” is most likely the Rapture of the Church, when believers will be “perfected” – that is, receive their perfect immortal bodies. Until then, you can be assured – no matter your age – that God is not through with you yet!

Are you pig-headed, prone to sticking your foot in your mouth, or ruder and impatient than a Christian should be (I’m describing myself), guess what? God’s not going to leave you this way. He’s going to keep sanctifying you – slicing off the bad and honing the good.

Are you too self-centered and self-sufficient at times? God will deal with that as well – even if you are in your 60s, have been a Christian for 35 years, and should know better!

Book It!
Book it now and count on it! God began His “good work” of salvation in you at that one glorious moment, and He’s still working in you! And He will continue working in you right up to the time of Christ’s return.

Aren’t you glad for that? I know I don’t want to leave this world the way I currently am. I mean, I’m far better than I used to be, but I want to be far better than I am right now.

Philippians 1:6 tells me that I will be far better because God is doing the work. And for that, Philippians 1:6 is a verse I’m really thankful for!