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By Which We are Being Saved

Discussion in 'Daily Devotionals' started by Christsfreeservant, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. Christsfreeservant

    Christsfreeservant Senior Veteran Supporter

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    1 Corinthians 15:1-4 ESV

    “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

    “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…”

    The Gospel Paul Taught

    What is the gospel that Paul preached? It was of first importance to teach that Jesus Christ, God the Son, left his throne in heaven, came to earth, took on human form, ministered to the people, preached the gospel of salvation, and was put to death on a cross, although he had done no wrong, and that he was raised on the third day (cf. John 1:1-34; Phili 2:1-11).

    But it doesn’t end there. That is not the totality of the gospel message. For, the way in which God designed it from the very beginning was that he would send his Son to die on a cross for our sins so that we could die with him to sin, and so we could live to him and to his righteousness (1 Pet 2:24).

    His plan all along was that Jesus should shed his blood on that cross to buy us back (to redeem us) for God so that we would now honor God with our lives, and so that we would no longer live for ourselves but for him who gave his life up for us (1 Co 6:19-20; 2 Co 5:15, 21).

    Jesus came to deliver us from our slavery (bondage, addiction) to sin so that we could now be slaves of God and of his righteousness. For, Jesus died so that we would be crucified with him in death to sin and be raised with him to newness of life in him, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Rom 6:1-23; Eph 4:17-24; Rom 8:1-17; 1 Jn 1:5-9).

    And not only that, but this is not a one-time event which takes place in our lives which secures us heaven as our eternal destiny regardless of how we live from that point forward. We must walk (in practice, in conduct) according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh to be saved from our sins and to have eternal life with God (Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17).

    Thus, if we continue walking according to the flesh, and not according to the Spirit, we will die in our sins. We will not have eternal life with God. For, we are all going to be judged by God according to what we do (Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-6; 1 Co 6:9-10; 2 Co 5:10; Gal 6:7-8; Rom 2:6-8; Lu 9:23-26).

    Receive and Stand

    So, this is the gospel we must receive and on which we must take our stand, not just that Jesus died and that he rose from the dead on the third day, and not just that he died to take away our sins and to give us the hope of eternal life with God. But that he died that we might die with him to sin and live to him and to his righteousness (1 Pet 2:24; Rom 6:1-23; Eph 4:17-24).

    And to “receive” this gospel is not just to make an intellectual assent to it, or just a verbal acknowledgment of it, or to merely profess faith in Jesus Christ, but it is to apply its truths to our daily lives and to live it daily in the power and working of God’s Holy Spirit who is alive and at work within our hearts.

    And this is because this gospel is not just about Jesus dying to take away our sins, but it is about him dying to deliver us out of our bondage to sin and to give us new lives in him so that we can now walk (in conduct, in practice) in accord with the Spirit of God and no longer in accord with our flesh.

    And to take a stand on this gospel is not just to make a confession of it with our lips. Faith in Jesus Christ is so much more than just the words that we speak, but it is what we do in action by faith and by God’s Spirit in heart response to what Jesus did for us in dying on that cross for our sins.

    We are Being Saved

    This is not largely being taught, but it is what the Scriptures teach. We aren’t “once saved always saved” based on a mere profession of faith in Jesus Christ, especially if it is not followed up with dying with Christ to sin and living to Christ and to his righteousness.

    We are saved (past), we are being saved (present) and we will be saved (future) when Christ returns provided (it is conditional) that we walk according to the Spirit, and not according to the flesh, and that we continue in Christ and in our faith until the very end.

    [Rom 8:1-24; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 1:18; Jn 8:31-32; Jn 15:1-12; Rom 11:17-24; 1 Co 15:2; Col 1:21-23; 2 Tim 2:10-13; Heb 3:6, 14-15; 1 Jn 2:24-25]

    Our promise of eternal life with God is also conditional on us obeying our Lord as a matter of practice, and on the condition that we do not live in sin, making sin our practice. For, we are all going to be judged by what we do. If we sow to please the flesh, we will reap destruction. But if we sow to please the Spirit, from the Spirit we will reap eternal life with God.

    [1 Jn 2:3-6; Jn 8:51; Jn 14:23-24; Rom 6:16; Heb 5:9; Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-6; 1 Co 6:9-10; 2 Co 5:10; Gal 6:7-8; Rom 2:6-8; Lu 9:23-26]

    So, study these Scriptures (in context) and let God speak to your hearts, and listen to what he is saying to the churches. For, many people are making false professions of faith in Jesus Christ based on a lie and on a false promise of eternal life with God, when they are still bound in their sins and they are still headed to hell if they do not surrender their lives to Christ.

    Here I Am, Lord

    By Daniel L. Schutte

    I, the Lord of snow and rain,
    I have borne my people’s pain.
    I have wept for love of them –
    They turn away.
    I will break their hearts of stone,
    Give them hearts for love alone.
    I will speak my word to them.
    Whom shall I send?

    Here I am, Lord
    Is it I, Lord?
    I have heard You calling in the night
    I will go, Lord
    If You lead me
    I will hold Your people in my heart

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  2. NomNomPizza

    NomNomPizza Active Member

    If u make post about how Paul preached the gospel but quote only New Testament that kinda does not make much sense since it wasn't written yet well by him mostly...
    Paul preached gospel by going to Synagogue and using Scriptures ( so Old Testament) gave proof that prophecy was fulfilled in death burrial and resurrection of crucufied Jesus Christ and that he was the promised Messiah.

    That's what 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 means , according to Scriptures , not according to New Testament. I don't argue that people don't get saved after reading New Testament just thats not how Paul started preaching the gospel.

    Most NT writtings of Paul is to believers how to manage church and the believer's attitude towards God.
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  3. GDL

    GDL Well-Known Member

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    Nice to see you use this translation. Some do not pick up this continuing present concept to remain consistent with what Paul said earlier in the same document:

    ESV 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
  4. Christsfreeservant

    Christsfreeservant Senior Veteran Supporter

    United States
    Amen! It is what the Word teaches, and if we could read and understand the original language it was written in, we would see many of these continuous verbs which our English translators don't always (or usually) translate in that way, like in John 3:16 where it says that "whoever believing" (not past tense) in him...
  5. GDL

    GDL Well-Known Member

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    This why I went back to school (seminary) in my 40's. 2 decades later it's one of the best uses of time I ever redeemed.
  6. Christsfreeservant

    Christsfreeservant Senior Veteran Supporter

    United States
    My husband had one year of Greek in Bible college in 1977/78. He is very gifted in languages, so he still remembers much, and he still has many books helping him to know what the original texts said. He has helped me much in that area and he has pointed me to online references to help me, too. I never studied Greek, but I can see in Scripture where there are many words that show something is present tense and ongoing, and Scripture also teaches us that our faith and salvation are ongoing.
  7. GDL

    GDL Well-Known Member

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    and must abide & endure until the end.