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Unraveling Salvation

Updated: Jun 1, 2021

As simple as the word of God is concerning salvation, many are still confused regarding how God's salvation works. A lot of doctrines have gone ahead to complicate this topic, thereby putting a lot of burden on the Christian as he/she navigates the "convoluted" path of (to) salvation.

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, and whoever believeth in Him shall be saved. 
Romans 10:9 - If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 

The verses addresses what needs to be done to ensure that a believer is saved. However, if you read further down to Romans 10:10

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

It mentions two mutually dependent actions by the believer, - belief from the heart and confess with the mouth. These two always go together, as it is what you believe, you confess. Also, buttressed by Luke 6:45

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Working out your Salvation

In his letter to the Church in Philippians, Paul gave valuable insight into how Christians can work out their salvation. Philippians 2:12-16 states that it should be done with fear and trembling.

12. Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling

Fear and trembling is also another object of contention, how can a Christian practice this found salvation with fear and trembling. Paul provides the answer in the next verse 13

13. for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

This verse shows that God has taken off the burden of working out our salvation once we submit to him. A saved soul is one that has submitted to the will of God - to submit is to OBEY. In verse 12, Paul started with "OBEY, KEEP OBEYING". Obedience to the will of God is the hallmark of a saved Christian. With that, God will work out your salvation. Once you are saved, a process begins where God starts taking over you and breaking you down in order to be able to use you. He is the potter and will mold you as He deems fit.

Once, you have been justified, you will be sanctified and glorified. He did not make a mistake of justifying you and then not sanctifying you. He will move heaven and earth to ensure that you are glorified with him, because Romans 8:38-39 lets us know that nothing can separate a saved soul from the love of God.

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Conclusion

You have been justified in Christ, you are being sanctified in Him and will be glorified. This is the promise of God to His believers and nothing will separate you from the fulfilment of that promise.

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