I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Devotion Salvation more than a single action

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 (NASB 2020)
9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.

11 Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you also are doing.

Christians talk about Salvation as though everyone knows what it means. Yet over time the meaning has been simplified, dumbed down until even many individuals of faith have only a small inkling of the depth of what this word implies.

True. We are SAVED when we realize our need to accept Jesus into our lives as our Savior, our center, our hope of eternal life with Christ.

This original decision is a work of God’s grace, His unmerited favor called Justification —just as though we never did wrong. This a past action for those who’ve made this choice.

But if this is all you know, it will be difficult to grow in your walk of faith. Salvation means so much more than a single action.

Salvation is also a present action as we allow the  Holy Spirit to work in our lives. The work of Sanctification is growth as we deepen our relationship with Jesus and our knowledge of His Word.

Finally, Salvation is future. When He takes us home with Him and we share in His final triumph, we are saved forever in him. Glorification is the third element of Salvation.

What we need to know is that God has this. He cares, is there, loving us and working for us past, present and future. How can I not trust the One who died and rose again to offer me such a gift?

That is Salvation.

(c) 2021 Carolyn R Scheidies

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