Being Saved

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1 Corinthians 15:1-2 ESV

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.”

This is Paul speaking to the church. What is the gospel he preached to them? He taught that Jesus died that we might die with him to sin and live to him and to his righteousness, and that we might live for the Lord and no longer for ourselves. He taught that by Jesus shedding his blood for us on that cross that he bought us back for God (he redeemed us) so that we would now honor God with our lives (1 Pet 2:24; 2 Co 5:15; 1 Co 6:19-20).

He also taught that by faith in Jesus Christ we are crucified with Christ in death to sin, and we are raised with Christ to walk in newness of life in him, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. For our old self is crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we will no longer be enslaved to sin. So we are not to let sin reign in our mortal bodies, to make us obey its passions. For if sin is what we obey, and if obedience is not what we obey, it will end in death, not in life eternal.

[Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14; Eph 4:17-24; Tit 2:11-14; cf. Luke 9:23-26]

Now, if this is the gospel we believed, and in which we stand, we are being saved by it. And this is progressive salvation, which is what the New Testament Scriptures teach. They do not teach “Once saved always saved.” They do not teach that we can make a once in a lifetime profession of faith in Jesus Christ and now all our sins are forgiven and heaven is guaranteed us when we die, regardless of how we live.

They teach we are saved (past), we are being saved (present active), and we will be saved (future) when Jesus Christ returns for his bride and he takes with him those who are walking according to the Spirit and who are not walking according to the flesh, i.e. who are not walking in sin. And that is when our salvation will be complete and our marriage to Christ consummated, and not until then, and provided that we continue to walk in obedience to our Lord and in holiness and righteousness, and not in sin.

[Matt 24:9-14; Rom 8:24; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:5; Jn 8:31-32; Jn 15:1-12; Rom 11:17-24; 1 Co 15:2; Col 1:21-23; 2 Tim 2:10-13; Heb 3:6,14-15; 2 Pet 1:5-11; 2 Pet 2:20-22; 1 Jn 2:24-25]

But we are only being saved IF we hold fast to the truth of the gospel which Jesus, Paul and the other apostles taught (read in context), unless we have believed in vain (useless, pointless, hopeless). So, if we don’t hold fast to the truth of the gospel, then we aren’t being saved, and so our faith is hopeless, for it is not God-given faith but of the flesh. And this means that we are not dying to sin daily and denying self and following Jesus in obedience, but we are still living to the flesh, which means we will not inherit eternal life with God, regardless of what we professed with our lips.

[Matt 7:21-23; Lu 9:23-26; Jn 6:35-58; Jn 15:1-11; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14; 1 Co 6:9-10; 2 Co 5:10; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-11; 1 Jn 1:5-10; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 10:23-31; 1 Pet 1:17-21; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]

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An Original Work / April 15, 2012

Walking daily with my Savior
brings me joy.
Loving Father; precious Jesus;
He’s my Savior and my Lord.
Gently leads me; follow Him.
I’ve invited Him within.
Now abiding in His presence,
oh, what peace.
From my self-life
He has brought me,
By His mercy, full release.

Hope and comfort,
peace and safety Jesus brings
When I daily bow before Him;
Obey freely; do His will.
Follow Him where’er He leads.
Listen to Him; His words heed.
Now obeying his words fully,
oh, what love
That He gives me
through salvation,
By His Spirit, from above.

Loving Father; precious Jesus,
He’s my friend.
With my Savior, by His Spirit,
I will endure to the end.
Share the gospel, tell what’s true.
Witness daily; His will do.
Tell the world of how their Savior
bled and died.
On a cruel cross He suffered
So that we might be alive.

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