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I Never Had “A” Salvation Experience

Ask most folks about their salvation experience and what will they say?

Most will refer to some time when they were a kid and walked down an aisle during the invitation.  Perhaps they will refer to a night during VBS when they were in elementary school.  Maybe they are referring to going one night to a revival meeting.

It could be any point in the past.

How about you?  Do you look back to your salvation experience?

I don’t.

I refer to my salvation experience as now.

Now, if you want to refer to a specific point when I was born again and justified, I’m with you.  That happened when I was twenty-four.

Salvation hasn’t ended though.

Salvation is a continuous event.  I continue to benefit from that moment.  I have life.  Not just any kind of life.  It’s abundant life.  It’s eternal life.

He continues to sanctify me.  That is part of salvation.

One day He will glorify me.  That is part of salvation.

You want to say that your salvation experience is in the past?  I’ll argue that point with you.

If you know Christ, salvation is a continual experience.

I never had “a” salvation experience.  It’s still going on.

Tell me about your salvation experience.

  1. jonstolpe
    January 29, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Larry,

    I guess this is similar to my experience. I grew up in a home where Christ was known and shared all the time. I don’t remember ever not knowing or knowing about Jesus. I can point to a couple of times in my life where clear steps were made in my salvation process, but it has been and continues to be a process for me.

    The beauty is this: “If anyone is in Christ, he is new. The old has gone; the new is here!”

    • January 29, 2012 at 7:21 am

      Jon,
      The problem I see is that there is this emphasis on an event that happened in the past as though, “That’s it”. It is just so much more.

  2. January 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I think salvation is a one-time event, but that sanctification us a lifelong process.

    Otherwise you could lose your salvation ten times a day.

    Ephesians 1 says we’ve been marked with a seal. That’s our salvation, and it’s not reversible.

    It also says we’ve received the Holy Spirit, which is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance. Why would God leave a down payment? Because He’s not done with us. That’s our sanctification. And our inheritance refers to glorification.

    With you on the idea that we don’t just get ‘saved’ by God and then move on about our merry lives as though nothing happened.

    • January 29, 2012 at 9:38 am

      I think we’re mostly on the same page. I look at what most people called saved as justification. Definitely irreversible. I just look at salvation at a much larger and bigger thing than that one event. Sanctification is part of it. Glorification is the final part.

  1. February 4, 2012 at 6:05 am

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