“…by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word…”

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:1–2, ESV)  Amen.  

Salvation occurs when we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead. (Romans 10:9). Having been born again (by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone Ephesians 2:8-9) but thereafter, we are yet ‘being saved’ continually.  But why do we need to be continually saved after we have first been saved? No, it is not that we would lose what God has given us (eternal life which is eternal). This is the process by which God is working on the inside of us to work out our salvation into the process of our daily lives in our thinking, our doing and our very being. It is called sanctification. It is the process of daily dying to ourselves and yielding to the will of God rather than the will of our flesh which is always contrary to the Spirit.  We must daily recall our commitment to follow Christ Jesus – trusting in the Lord with all our hearts, not leaning on our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledging him. Day by day we become more like Christ – the ultimate goal of God for our lives. Amen.

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