Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Salvation is a Two-Edged Sword

“Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.” -2 Peter 1:10 (ESV)

2 Peter 1:3-6 define the qualities for which we should strive, as partakers of the grace-gift of salvation ….which is bestowed upon God’s “elect” (that is, you and I). Verse 9 states that anyone who does the opposite is “…so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.”

A life paid for by Christ’ death and resurrection becomes, as the Apostle Paul stated, a “bond-servant” to Christ. While never a perfect submission, it is humbling to consider that we still sin, as those saved from eternal death. That is why it is called “grace”….God’s Riches At Christ’ Expense.

Salvation is a two-edged sword. On the one side… sharp enough to be sufficient to provide salvation for hopeless sinners …who deserve nothing more than the path which we travel. The other side ….expecting a transformed mind; sharp enough to flee from the past sinful desires. This life requires “daily” commitment, re-commitment, devotion, and humbling ourselves, under God’s Word, to submit, “daily”, to His will.

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