“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV
That phrase confused me for years, but it makes much more sense to me now.
I got saved when I was very young. Although somewhat naive about life, I sincerely knew that I wanted and needed Jesus to save me and be the center of my life.
As I grew through my teens and twenties I became more keenly aware of the depth of my need for God and the depth of His love and plans for me.
Today I realize that my salvation was not merely a one time event, it is also a daily occurance!
That’s not to say that I am getting re-saved over and over. No- salvation is not so elusive that one “loses” it at the first sin committed.
When I say I am “being saved” I am referring to the process of sanctification that is still happening in my life. In other words, God is still working on me and perfecting me.
You could say it this way:
- My spirit has been saved.
- My soul is being saved. (mind, will, emotions)
- My body will be saved.
My position in Christ is settled. I am saved – by God’s mercy and grace. But I am still under construction. God is renewing my mind, healing my hurts, strengthening my resolve, perfecting my character, and maturing my attitudes.
I am definitely being saved.
And one day – either when Jesus comes for His church or when I draw my final breath – I will be entirely and completely saved in every sense of the word. Now that’s something to look forward to!
Pastor Dale, you have such a wonderful way of putting the most basic of truths so simply that they come alive again and renew hope! Thank you 🙂