Have you ever started something and not finished it?  Maybe it was a book, movie, or a project around the home.  Sometimes not finishing something is the right move, and often it is not.

Today’s text is encouraging because it teaches something about how God works.  God never does anything wrong, and he always finishes what he starts.

Philippians 1:6

(6)  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

The apostle Paul had a confidence that we should have as well.  We can live according to this incredible truth when we understand three key truths from this verse.

Truth #1- Our confidence is in God.

We must not put our confidence in ourselves.  The scripture is full of teaching that warns us of a foolish kind of self-confidence.

Solomon, a man called the wisest who ever lived, constantly spoke of not trusting our own perspective.

Proverbs 3:5– (5) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Proverbs 28:26– (26) He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

We must not put our confidence in others.  The scripture is also full of teaching that warns us of putting our full and final confidence in men.

Psalm 118:8– “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”

Jeremiah 17:5– “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.”

Truth #2- Our confidence is in God’s Work of Salvation.

Let’s Read the verse again.

Philippians 1:6

(6)  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Paul says that He is confident that God will complete the “good work” that he began.  The “good work” is speaking of the work of salvation.

Notice a few truths about God’s Work of Salvation.

Salvation is not accomplished by man.

In this verse it is God that began the good work.  This is true throughout scripture.

Hebrews 9:26

(26)  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

No good work that we do can merit our salvation.  It was provided fully and finally by Jesus Christ Himself.

Salvation has three tenses.

1. Past:  We have been saved from the penalty of sin- that’s justification.

2. Present:  We are being saved from the power of sin- that’s sanctification.

3. Future: We will one day be saved from the presence of sin- that’s glorification.

 

That leads us to the last truth that will lead us to living confidently.

Truth #3- Our confidence is that God will complete His work of salvation at the day of Christ.

What God has begun in justification, and continues in sanctification, he will complete when we are fully and finally glorified.  Paul said this by saying that He will “perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

The expression “day of Jesus Christ” refers to the rapture of the Church.

1 Corinthians 15:52

(52)  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

I John 3:2

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

We can be confident in the work of God through Christ Jesus.  Why?  Because our confidence is in God, and in His Work of Salvation.  God always finishes what He starts!

 

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