Our theme for this month: “Understanding Salvation”
Our Bible verse for today: “I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “It’s all heading to a glorious fulfillment”
In his book, “The Doctrine of Salvation”, Dr. Darrell Robinson likens our salvation experience to the flow of the mighty Mississippi River. The Mississippi begins as a small trickling stream way up north near the Great Lakes. As it flows south it slowly picks up volume from other sources as it continues to grow larger and larger. By the time it finally arrives at its destination in the Gulf of Mexico, it comes crashing in with all the volume of a huge mighty river.
Interestingly, the river’s path is not a straight line from north to south. Instead it winds and curves around mountains and obstacles, it meanders through valleys, and it goes up and down through various elevations by means of locks and canals. It constantly flows towards its ultimate destination, but the journey is a crooked path at best.
That’s a pretty good illustration of our salvation experience. We begin in the moment of decision with a trickle of faith and a small spiritual stature. But then we begin the lifelong process of sanctification and as we progress on our journey, praying and studying, participating in worship and fellowship, serving and being served, always growing, always maturing – we pick up great spiritual volume and we continue to increase in spiritual size and stature. Finally we arrive at our ultimate destination (heaven) fully developed and ready to be the person God has always intended for us to be for all of eternity.
The consummation of our salvation actually involves two separate events for the believer. The day we arrive in heaven the process of sanctification will have been completed and we will have the spiritual stature that will be ours for the rest of eternity. We will discuss this more tomorrow. But also, after death and arrival in heaven, there will be one more very important event that will occur that will bring the consummation of our salvation to a final fulfillment. That will be the day when you receive your resurrection body. We will talk about that in an upcoming devotional too.
Be encouraged my friends. This Christian life you are living is headed to a glorious fulfillment and I assure you, it is going to be good.