Being Saved: A past fact. It is a present fact always at work. It will be a fact of inheritance in the future.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? [Future-Save]
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
Harmartology (the study of missing God’s mark- sin)
Imagine something cataclysmic as a tsunami rolling on and through history- humanity.
Imagine that an event- a moral event- locked and sealed every soul down-under the currents and force of this moral-tsunami. For, “all have sinned and are present-continuously falling from God’s Glory/His Perfect Attributes.”
Imagine that every soul from the time of Adam’s moral failure (his disobedience with a warning from God that he would surely die) separated souls/spirits from God leaving them dead to God right from the first moral earthquake til now.
Imagine- if just for your many or few times you missed God’s Call and Command- led you to a separation putting your very soul at war with God’s Moral Overseer- the Radiance of His Glory- Jesus.
Can any man survive Adam’s Moral Earthquake…was it really if he went down with the ship he was taking all down into the death-of-separation principle? Do you get it?
The Principle of Sin and our own Personal Sins:
First, missing the mark in Adam/through Adam comes at us like a two-pronged fork…there is Adam’s sin which separated humanity leaving the human race on a wide path away from God.
Second, there are our own personal sins (what God reveals in His word and tells us to do- but, we sin and don’t obey or aren’t even interested if God is telling us to do something or not (e.g. love your neighbour as you own self”) and do something else or nothing at all).
On these two points it is clear- being moral creatures running from God and spiritually dead right from the get-go we need to be made alive to God (a Resurrection) and by Grace through faith in all of Jesus (His Personage, His Words, His Finished Work).
Reconciliation to God and Heaven’s Will.
Soteriology: The Study of Salvation (Grace + Faith in the Power of the Gospel having exhausted death at the cross and in the tomb to raise-up from moral-death (God raised Jesus and emptied tomb)…the resurrection…the ascension) and reconciled souls back to Himself.
Imagine the greatest thing you could ever want in this world and a stranger showing-up at your door to just give the key to you at great cost that opened up that which you longed for often. At first, maybe you would wonder, “how could this stranger know what I wanted more than anything?” Perhaps you’re caught off guard because you are a cynic and always say, “there’s nothing free in this world.” Imagine there are only two ways to receive or reject the gift of grace 1.) To have faith and trust to a measure in the stranger that the key really was to something really great. 2.) Sceptically back away from the stranger and the key while you find yourself getting annoyed, fearful over the whole event so strange and out of this world, and eventually you mock it all in your heart and turn your back on it.
This story is really an analogy of Grace (a never to be earned gift) and Faith (a belief that Jesus Christ is just who He said He was- God’s Son come to save us); also, for it says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned,” “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Regarding Christ (Christology) and Christians (Ecclesiology) if you are a steadfast or not so steadfast believer in Jesus being on the other side of the spiritual death I spoke of separating men and women from the Life God has for You in Christ; “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,”
This is a really rough analogy- but, think of a Corn-Dog. The batter on the outside is Christ and what he has done and the hot-dog inside is us who have chosen to receive God’s great gift. Wherever the batter goes so goes the hot-dog. Jesus died on the cross and went down into the grave. So, those of us who have believed have died with Christ and went down to the grave because “the wages of sin are death; but the gift of God is Eternal Life” and we came up from the grave (spiritually- we were resurrected- made alive). Then the Lord Jesus ascended to the highest place in Heaven given a name above every name- so, we too went IN HIM in the ascension. What a wonderful Salvation! The Past-Present-Future Gospel (good news) of Grace through faith and a faith of Grace. Not by works lest any of us should boast in the presence of God the Great Gift Bearer. But not being saved without good works either. May we ever remember- good works ought to be an outflow not a way to earn Grace in and of and through Christ.
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