what salvation is

Man tends to oversimplify salvation diminishing God and His purpose in the process

Oftentimes we make salvation so man-empowered and so one-dimensional … we create an impotent counterfeit … something religious

Focused on an event … a personal decision for Christ … a prayer of salvation … a declaration of ‘I am saved’

We really market and sell the ‘free gift’ (Romans 6:23) while failing to say a word about the ‘cost of discipleship’ (Luke 14:26-33) …

And while there is absolutely no doubt that the free gift of God is of utmost preeminence (Colossians 1:18) … God has a purpose to be fulfilled for those who receive that free gift (Romans 8:29) … a purpose not without costs …

Evangelism is not the end-game.   In football analogy, it is simply recruiting … seeking a commitment letter.  What comes next?  Coaching, conditioning, practices, games, victories … and losses, injuries, and championships.  A ‘Yes’, simply says ‘Let’s begin’ NOT ‘It is finished’.

Jesus did not say to make converts … He said ‘make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19)

We celebrate the rebirth of a child of God … and then leave that newborn infant IN Christ to his or her own devices … perhaps that makes more sense to the spiritual man than it does to the natural mother.  An infant IN Christ should be embraced by the church family and loved and nurtured toward maturity, preparing them for the mission … the battle … of life that lies ahead.   While they have learned of the love of Jesus … now they must learn of the love one another.

Instead we convert them, then leave them to choose next steps, to become easy prey for the prowling, roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8) … much like that young one you see a lion cut out of the safety and protection of the herd on nature documentaries …

Salvation as defined by God is … divinely multi-dimensional

Salvation has a beginning with God … a beginning in which you were chosen IN Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:3-4)

Salvation is found IN Christ Jesus alone (2 Timothy 2:10, 3:15), the gift of God (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8) and not a result of works (Ephesians 2:9)

Salvation has another beginning with you and with me … when we respond as Peter instructed at Pentecost:

     “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself … Be saved from this perverse generation!” (Acts 2:38-40)

Salvation is guaranteedto those the Father has given to the Son … none will be lost (John 10:29) God chooses us … we don’t choose Him …

Salvation is guaranteed by the seal of the Holy Spirit of God for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30)

Salvation is not an event … it is a journey … a process … by which ‘God who is at work IN you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure’ … we are ‘being saved’ (Philippians 2:12-13)

Salvation has a finish line … Peter calls it ‘the outcome of our faith’ and confirms it will ‘be revealed in the last time.’ (1 Peter 1:3-9)

Salvation is both personal AND communalGod is performing His work IN and THRU us individually and collectively (Ephesians 5:23, Revelation 19:7)

Yes, I am saved … I am being saved … I will be saved.

Also, we are saved … we are being saved … we will be saved.

All praise, honor and glory to our Lord and Savior!

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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2 Responses to what salvation is

  1. WOW! Bernie, your first 4 statements are incredible. Each deserves its own blog. These have made it clear how great a condescending disservice we really do God and His salvation – like dragging down the majesty of the heavens and trapping it in an old mayonnaise jar to show off what we caught. It’s all about me: what I did, what I got, what I prayed, what I said, what I decided, what I can now sell to you. The glorious and almighty God is left naked of His splendor and forgotten in the corner of His universe as we parade our self-righteousness upon His footstool. Thank you for reminding us that He is Lord, not we ourselves.

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