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Thoughts about Salvation with a Brother in Christ

I felt compelled to share this note I gave to a brother in our organic church. I guess I’ve seen this debate too often and felt like I need to share what God has helped me to understand about the debate. I pray that it is taken in love for the body of Christ.

May God “fill us with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding…in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you will have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

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Brother this debate has been going on since the early 100s and has surfaced continually throughout church history, in some instances both sides fighting over the issue to no one’s edification, and is nothing new. I am no longer going to be vexed by this. Here are my thoughts.

I believe God is faithful to His word. If He says that in John 3:16 that “in him shall not perish but have eternal life” then He is faithful to keep to His word. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful…But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.” (Heb.10:23,39). My salvation is not based on me and my flesh but on Jesus. In the Scriptures there is a tension: it describes salvation past, present, and future. Jesus is our salvation! Jesus saved us by faith into this grace (salvation past), Jesus desires that we live by His life (salvation present), and we will see Him as He is one day (salvation future). Salvation is not based on what I or we say/ do, if it were so then my/ our life would be in need of constant saving every other hour or more so. Salvation to me is both initial/final and progressive. It is Christ gaining lordship over every area of my life on a daily basis.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Eph. 2:8-10.

In Philippians that quote you gave brother goes on to say: “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” We are to work out the salvation we have been given in Christ by faith, but we must remember that in Christ we have died and our “life is now hidden with Christ in God” and it is when we grow in our relationship with Christ and live by the Spirit we are working out the salvation we have been given.

God bless you brother!

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