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Devotional - week of June 4, 2006


PRESENT TENSE SALVATION

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  1 Corinthians 1:18

 

A common saying among evangelical Christians is, “Salvation is in three tenses.” This statement is followed by three explanatory statements: “We were saved when we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We will be saved when we leave this life to enter heaven. We are being saved in this present life."

 

The word translated “saved” can also be translated “made whole” as in describing the physical healings by Jesus. Being made whole—being saved—means being delivered from some physical need to physical health.

 

Our salvation in the past tense is being delivered us from the kingdom of Satan to the Kingdom of God.

 

Colossians 1:13 reads:

 

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.

 

Hebrews 12:23 gives a description of salvation in the future tense. It describes those who have gone to the Father as “the spirits of just men made perfect.” They are saved by being delivered from spiritual imperfection to spiritual perfection. At the resurrection, they will be saved from a body of imperfection to one of perfection.

 

Our salvation in the present tense is experiencing a continual deliverance from living in the flesh to living in the Spirit. It is a growing freedom from faith in ourselves to a growing faith in God—a growing freedom from bondage to some sins to a growing victory over all sin.

 

How do we experience “present tense salvation?” Paul wrote these words to the Corinthians.

 

… the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  1 Corinthians 1:18

 

Salvation in the present tense is by continually experiencing our spiritual crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.