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A Daily Salvation

Is salvation a once for all experience, or is it a daily process?  It is my purpose in this article to show from God’s Word that it is both a once for all experience and a lifetime daily process.

 

An Instant, Once for all Salvation.

 

Salvation is a once-for-all experience that begins when we, as sinners, are confronted with God’s demand in Matthew 5:48 that we be as righteous as God Himself and we are made aware of our sinful, helpless, hopeless, lost  condition, as described in Romans 5 and Ephesians 2.  We inherited that sinful nature from our first father, Adam.

 

Not only are we aware of our lost condition, but we are confronted with the truth of the Gospel, that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins, and He rose again to justify us; that is, count us as righteous as God Himself. Salvation instantly occurs when we receive this gracious Gift of God by faith alone.

 

By trusting Christ alone, we are given the gift of eternal life that we can never lose.   It is as eternal as God and is as certain as His promises in John 3:16, 36,  5:24, 6:37.  Acts 16:31,  Romans  8:28-39,  10:9-10,  I John 5:10-13

 

Not only is this a once for all transaction with God, but it marks the beginning of a daily salvation that continues for the rest of our life. 

 

Salvation can be likened to the birth of a baby which takes place in a moment of time, resulting in a new life of growth and increasing maturity that continues for the rest of his life on earth.

 

It can be likened to a wedding. As a wedding marks the beginning of an intimate, loving relationship between a man and a woman, which continues until death parts them; so being saved marks the beginning of a personal, eternal loving relationship with Christ which normally results in a life of growth in godliness.

 

A Daily Walk

 

Salvation is not just a one time experience of the past.  It marks the beginning of a daily walk with God.  Old Testament saints, such as Enoch, Noah and Abraham, are known as men who walked with God.  Salvation takes place in an instant; but more than that, it takes place day by day for the rest of our lives and it is consummated in eternity when we are glorified sinlessly perfect in His sight.

 

Here is just a sampling of verses of Scripture that show that the Christian life is a life of walking with God.  Ephesians 4:1, 17,  5:1, 8, 15,  Galatians 5:16, 25,  Colossians 2:6, Psalm 1, 86:11,  89:15, 101:1-3  116:9.   All of these verses speak; not of an emotional experience, but of  daily progress as we  walk a holy life in the midst of a sinful world.

 

A Daily Surrender

 

In Romans 12:1 Paul challenges us as Christians  to invite Christ to sit on the throne of our lives. This is not only an initial surrender to Christ; but  a daily life of surrender to Him as Lord.  Sometimes in our carnality, we rebel and suffer for it.  When we ignore the promptings of Christ and go our own way, it is important that we confess it as sin and invite Him to return to the throne of our lives.  So although the initial surrender may be a crisis experience; in reality,  it become a daily surrender to His Lordship.

 

A Daily Filling

 

In Ephesians 5:18-21 Christians are urged to be filled or controlled by the Holy Spirit.  Romans 8:9 teaches us that He lives in the life of every believer.  The problem is that He does not fill and control each of us.  When we surrender to the Lordship of Christ, the filling of the Spirit takes place automatically.  Again, we need not seek an emotional experience.  We simply need to surrender to Christ and the Spirit fills and controls us. The evidence of that filling is found in Ephesians 5:19-21.   We are filled with joy, thanksgiving and given the ability to submit ourselves to one another as we seek God’s best for others.  Furthermore, when we are filled with the Spirit, we bear His fruit which is described in Galatians 5:22-23.

 

A Daily Worship

 

Genuine worship of God is practically expressed as we magnify Christ in our lives and minimize our own preferences and desires.  That is expressed in John the Baptist’s motto in John 3:30. “He must increase, but I must decrease.”    According to Psalm 138:2,  we must magnify God’s Word in order to magnify Christ.  We get to know and love Christ  as we give ourselves to reading and listening to the preaching of His Word, the Bible, and let it control our thinking, attitudes and actions. Otherwise, we don’t know the Christ we claim to worship.

 

I encourage you read the activities that took place daily in the early church, as listed in Act 2:42-47.  Worship is not even mentioned.  Why is that?  Because, every activity of the church was then and should be today, an expression of our worship of Christ.  Worship is not a twenty or thirty minute segment of a church service. Worship of Christ  should be going on constantly, regardless of our activities in church or in the so-called secular activities of life.  As long as Christ is Lord and the Spirit of God is filling our lives, we live in ceaseless praise and worship of Christ. 

 

Frances Ridley Havergal understood this truth about worship when in 1874 she wrote the beloved song of consecration, “Take My Life and Let it Be” 

 

“Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to Thee.

Take my moments and my days, Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

 

Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

 

Take my voice and let me sing always only for my King.

Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from Thee.

 

Take my silver and my gold. Not a mite would I with-hold.

Take my intellect and use every power as Thou shalt choose.

 

Take my will and make it Thine.  It shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart.  It is Thine own. It shall be Thy royal throne.

 

Take my love; my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.

Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.”

 

Dear Christian friend,  that’s worship!  

 

Worship is the most intimate relationship we have with God. The closest thing I can liken it to is the intimate relationship of a husband and wife.   That intimacy is not flaunted in public.  That would be vulgar.  So public, fleshly displays of our intimacy with God, such a drooling pious talk or doing anything in a worship service to try to make an impression on others,  are inappropriate and sometimes vulgar as they draw attention to us, rather than to God. Such Christian tend to worship themselves rather than God.

 

Do you want a worship experience with God?  Spend time in the Word, reading and meditating on it.  Talk to God about its application to your life.  Expose yourself to the faithful preaching of God’s Word, even if it  tends to offend you at times. That’s worship; “magnifying God’s Word above His name.”  Psalm 138:2

 

A Daily Supplication

 

God expects us to talk to Him each day.  He teaches us to pray, “Give us this day  our daily bread.”   Psalm 68:18 reminds us that  “He daily loads us with benefits.”    We daily depend on His faithfulness to us, Lamentations 3:22-23 reminds us. Whether we ask Him or not, we depend on Him daily for all our needs, proving to us that we can’t get through one day without thinking of, speaking with and depending on our God and Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

A Daily Searching of His Word

 

Israel gathered manna every morning, Exodus 15:21 reminds us. In John 6:32-35  Jesus teaches us that He is our Manna which we feed on, preferably each morning,  as we read and meditate on His Word each day. 

 

The Church of Berea is held up as an example to us.  Acts 17:11 tells us that they searched the Word daily to test what they were hearing by the plumb line of God’s Word.

 

It’s a sure thing that our growth in the grace and knowledge of Christ will be proportionate to the time we read and obey God’s Word.

 

A Daily Vigilance

 

Because we live in enemy territory surrounded by powers and influences that would destroy us, I Peter 5:8 warns us to be sober and vigilant against our ever present enemy, Satan, who would take great delight in ruining our lives.  Psalm 141:3 warns us to be ever alert and WATCH; guard our Words, Actions, Thoughts, Companions, and our Heart.

 

Our Daily Cross

 

In Luke 9:23  Jesus taught His own to take up their cross daily and follow Him. In I Corinthians 15:31  Paul testified that he died daily.  That involves being dead to our rights, our feelings, our desires and our preferences.  Sure, we still have them; but if we don’t get our way, it doesn’t really matter.   In Galatians 2:20 Paul taught “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless, I live;  yet not I, but Christ lives in me.”  What a wonderful freedom that gives us!  For more on this doctrine of the crucified life, I encourage you to work your way through my series on Freedom, which is actually a study of Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians.

 

A DAILY WITNESS

 

In Psalm 96:2  we are challenged to “show forth His salvation from day to day.” The key to evangelism is to “show and tell” Christ wherever you go.  That’s what the Thessalonian church did,  as recorded in I Thessalonians 1.  In the early church, souls were saved daily Acts 2:46-47 tells us.   Why such success?  Because Jesus was absolutely everything to those early Christians. They lived and died for Him.

 

A DAILY STRENGTH

 

In the 1940’s I often rode steam engine drawn trains.  The steam generated,  only took the trains a short way down the tracks.  As they kept  on shoveling the coal into the engine. It generated enough steam to take the train a little further on down the track.

 

So, we don’t have enough spiritual power to live the Christian life to the end.  We are only given enough for the day.   Sometimes it is only enough for a few hours and we need to continue to lean on Christ for more strength, especially when life is difficult with pain and sorrow and confusion.

 

Listen to these wonderful promises of His strength for each day.  “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.  The eternal God is thy refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.”  Deuteronomy 33:25, 27  

 

“He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run  and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31 Take time to read in II Corinthians 12:7-10,  Paul’s testimony of how God strengthened him in his weakness.

 

A Daily Rejoicing

 

If you are saved and on your way to Heaven, you have lots for which to rejoice.

 

I challenge  you to choose to rejoice every day, regardless of the circumstances.  Rejoicing is a matter of the will.  You can either choose to complain or rejoice.  It’s up to you.  David determined in Psalm 118:23  to rejoice daily.  He said,  “This is the day that the Lord hath made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

 

As we learn more of God’s sovereignty, wisdom,  power and love; rejoicing will become a way of life for you.  It sure beats going through life depressed, bitter and angry;  and it surely is much better on your health.

 

As joyful, surrendered Christians grows older,  we experience the truth of Proverbs 4:18 “But the path of the just is as a shining light, that shines brighter and brighter unto the perfect day.”

 

 

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June 28, 2008 - Posted by | Salvation

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