Monday, July 13, 2015

ADDING TO YOUR SALVATION

Peter tells us that we are to "add to our faith;" yet we have been told more than once by more than one that there is nothing we can add that will make any difference.


As pointed out in the previous article, that is only a half-truth.

At worst, a half-truth, not being the whole truth, can be a lie. At best, a half-truth is still somewhat deceptive.

In order to get beyond the half-truth of "there is nothing to add," it is necessary to fully understand what it means to be "saved."

The word "saved" is an evangelical religious term, taken from the Bible, which generally means "born again." (see John 3:3) It is not an incorrect usage of the word, nor of the concept.

However, our English language does not fully communicate the concept of "saved," especially for those with limited English skills. It appears to be a past tense word, signifying that it is "over and done with."

Biblically speaking, such is not the full meaning of the word.

While it is true that I am saved, it is also true that I shall be saved; but only because I am being saved.

"I am saved" in the sense that I have been born again.
"I shall be saved" in the sense that the entire process will be completed upon my departure from this life.
"I am being saved" in the sense that it is long-term project working towards its completion.

I am saved, because I have called upon the name of the Lord (Rom. 10:13).
I shall be saved, because my body shall be redeemed (Rom. 8:23).
I am being saved, because that is God's plan for my entire being--spirit, soul and body (1 Thess. 5:23; Phil. 1:6).

The "savED" part is a done deal, irrevocable, and it guarantees my ticket to heaven.
The "shall be saved" part will happen sometime in the future when my body is no longer subject to pain, disease and death.
The "being saved" part is happening as I grow in the knowledge of the grace of the Lord Jesus.

The "savED" part happened in my spirit (Eph. 2:1-5).
The "shall be saved" part is a desire of all believers for their future (2 Cor. 5:5; 1 Thess. 4:17c).
The "being saved" part is dependent on me (Phil. 2:12-13).

That is the part of which Peter speaks in his second epistle to which we are addressing ourselves at this time.

The faith that produced the fact of "saved" must now be added to in order to ensure the completion of the entire process (2 Pet. 1:10).

Peter tells us to add to our faith
  • Virtue
  • Knowledge
  • Temperance
  • Patience
  • Godliness
  • Brotherly kindness
  • Charity
I trust this list reminds you of Paul's list given in Galatians 5:22-23.

We will look at these things that we should add to our faith in future articles.


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