Our theme for this month: “Understanding salvation”
Our Bible verse for today: “Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that you may grow up into your salvation.” 1 Peter 2:2 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Salvation involves more than just having your sins forgiven.”
Usually when Christians think of salvation we think of a one-time event when a person prays and asks Jesus to forgive their sins. In that moment their sins are forgiven and the person has the assurance of going to heaven instead of hell.
Actually, although the one-time event I described above is a part of the salvation process, it’s just a part of it. The Biblical doctrine of salvation involves much more than that. Salvation is a one-time event, that’s true, but it is also an on-going process and it is a future promise. It offers us forgiveness for our sins; it gives us the chance to grow spiritually now in this lifetime; and it gives us the promise of eternity in heaven.
Salvation is both free and costly; it is a gift and yet it requires something of us; it is permanent and therefore cannot be lost; and yet it must be safeguarded and treated as the precious thing that it is.
The full doctrine of salvation is very complex and involves actions by the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and also by us. This is what Peter was referring to in 1 Peter 2:2. There he urges us to “grow up into your salvation”. This clues us into the fact that salvation is something that has already occurred for you if you have placed your faith in Christ (that one-time event), and yet there is obviously more to it as well.
In that verse Peter refers to a newborn infant. For a newborn infant who has already experienced birth, there is now growing and maturing that needs to take place so the life that comes after the birth experience can be fully realized. Well, just as the birth experience is only the beginning for the newborn infant, so too the moment of having our sins forgiven is just the beginning for the new Christian. Salvation is a one-time event, but it is also a process. It involves all the rest of life, and then all of eternity too.
We will spend this month exploring the full extent of the doctrine of salvation and what it means for us. We will talk about why salvation was necessary to begin with, as well as what the ongoing process of salvation should look like in our lives. We will also consider the end result of the full salvation process and what that will mean for us in eternity.
Salvation involves much more than just having your sins forgiven. I look forward to exploring that truth with you.