The Pastor\’s Pen

An Independent Baptist Preacher\’s Musings and Observations

Full Salvation

Posted by Pastor Szekely on February 7, 2008

This is truly important for a Christian to understand:

1. To even be a Christian, there had to be a time in their life when the Lord Jesus Christ saved them from the PENALTY of sin.

Romans 5:8-9, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (vs9) Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”

2. As a Christian in their walk with Christ, Jesus can save them from the POWER of sin.

Romans 7:18-25, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. (vs19) For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. (vs20) Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. (vs21) I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. (vs22) For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (vs23) But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (vs24) O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (vs25) I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

3. One day when they depart from this earth, Jesus will save them from the PRESENCE of sin.

1 Corinthians 15:51-57, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (vs52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (vs53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (vs54) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (vs55) O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (vs56) The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. (vs57) But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

How wonderful this is! A child of God has been saved from the PENALTY of his sin before God; through Christ, he daily can be delivered [saved] from the POWER of sin, either before he acts upon temptation which becomes sin or after the transgression by receiving forgiveness through confession and repentance; and then one day, sin will be no more for the Christian because Jesus will save him from it’s PRESENCE.



2 Responses to “Full Salvation”

  1. Courtney said

    How do you know when you have been delivered from the power of sin? The power of sin is the primary thing that causes me to doubt my salvation at times.

  2. Great question, Courtney!

    1 Cor 15:56 says, “…the strength of sin is the law”. What that means is God’s Law illumines us to the power of sin. The Law shows us the strength of sin, and it is the Law in which the Holy Spirit uses to convict us of that sin and it’s power.

    When we submit ourselves to Holy Spirit conviction and not act upon temptation that would cause us to sin, that would be deliverance from the power of sin.

    Now…When we’re in the practice of sin and sin’s power has overtaken us and we continually live in our transgression, that power is broken once we confess our sin: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 Jn 1:9)

    And about doubting salvation…I’m going to email you personally about this shortly.

    Lord bless!

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