Monday Musings for August 14, 2017

Good morning, Musers,

Here’s a theology test: Let’s say that there is this person who was legitimately saved. But down the road, he began to misunderstand salvation. He started believing that salvation involved “being good” or doing good works. He believes that salvation is still “on” Jesus… just not on Jesus alone. Is he saved?

I think the idea that he (at least) “was” saved gives it away… because a person cannot lose his salvation. Therefore, when it comes to salvation, there is no “was” … there is only “is.” Our assumption must be that he understood salvation correctly when he pulled the lever… but he drifted off academically. This malady can be fixed with Christian education… although we pray that he didn’t teach or preach salvation wrongly before he got back on track. That could cause some damage.

The thing that impressed me most when I was thinking about this is how personal salvation is. It has biblical (objective) criteria, of course… but it’s far from a template. First of all, the Father works throughout our pre-saved lives to draw us into Christ — and those experiences can be infinitely variable. We do things like wrestle with the meaning of life and see that life through the lens of a God-given conscience… and these are extraordinary provisions.

But ultimately, we have to face the Scripture — the revelation of Jesus Christ… but even the Scripture seems to say many different things. Doesn’t James tell us that faith without works is dead? … and go on to ask, can that kind of dead faith save us? With such words in play, can we be sure that good works are not involved in salvation? The context of James makes us sure. But not everyone studies this through.

My point here is that — although salvation has its requirements — it is both personal and complex. And even though a soul-winner might know the job… he doesn’t really know the person. That’s what makes the enterprise interesting. Some people simply resist a cookie-cutter approach to salvation… although the cookie-cutter is still a “go-to” tool.

It is a faithful saying that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! That’s one of the reasons we can see our salvation as secure. But, how about us… do we change? … and is that a challenge for the kingdom of God? Oh Yeah.

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