We Have Been Saved, We Are Being Saved

Bower House, 2010Our initial salvation has two aspects—judicial and organic. The judicial aspect includes Christ’s redemption for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 1:7) and our reconciliation to God (Romans 5:10). The organic aspect is our regeneration. The judicial aspect is for the organic aspect. Both aspects are seen in Colossians 2:13, “He [God] made you alive together with Him [Christ], having forgiven us all our offenses.” Because of this salvation, Ephesians 2:5, 8 declare “by grace you have been saved.” Our eternal salvation is complete and secure.

Nevertheless, 1 Corinthians 15:2 says, “…you are being saved…” Expositor’s* states that the Greek verb “affirms a present, continuous salvation.” Although we have been saved once for all eternally, there is still much of this salvation to be experienced by us day by day. Romans 5:10 also speaks of this, saying that “having been reconciled” (judicial, but also implying the organic aspect of our salvation), “much more we will be saved in His life.”

Our being saved in Christ’s life prepares us to be in New Jerusalem. The city shines with the glory of God; is transparent, pure, precious, full of eternal life and the divine nature; and under the direct ruling of the throne of God and the Lamb. In ourselves, even after regeneration, we are not like this. Therefore, the apostles’ writings included warnings to Christians not to live according to the flesh (e.g. Galatians 5) nor to love the world (1 John 2:15-17). Our daily need is to be saved, not by our efforts, but “in His life” from everything in our being that does not match New Jerusalem. On the positive side, our being saved is to be filled with the eternal life and the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and to be brought fully under the Headship of Christ. Through such a marvelous salvation we will express our Triune God in this age as a foretaste of New Jerusalem shining with the glory of God.

* The Expositor’s Greek Testament (vol. two, sec. III), edited by W. Robertson Nicoll, Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

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