THE NATURE OF SALVATION
When many people thing of salvation, they think of the event at which they “got saved.” While salvation is not devoid of this event, this view is too limited in scope and tends to lead errors in how one perceives salvation. I believe that the best way to see salvation is as less as an event and more as a person: the Person of Christ. Christ said, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, and you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:1-6)
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20)
“When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:4)
“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” (1 John 5:11)
Knowing this aspect of salvation helps us to realize that salvation is not easily lost but is kept as long as we abide or remain in the One Who is our Salvation.
Thank You, God for Your unending love and mercy Who would stoop Yourself to patiently remain with and be faithful to me, a completely undeserving person. I love You, dear Lord.