It’s almost become a cliché. Are you saved? To the outside world, the question may seem arrogant or even confusing. But for those who have experienced the saving knowledge of God, it’s a valid question that needs to be asked.
But how many of us are truly living the full life that God intended at the cross? Salvation may begin there, but if you read through the Bible you’ll find a salvation that encompasses the totality of who we are - body, soul and spirit...
A complete work of the Holy Spirit to renew and revive and make whole.
Saved to the Uttermost
The book of Hebrews tells us that “because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever” versus the priests under the old covenant who would naturally die. Because of who Jesus is, the writer of Hebrews tells us, “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:24-25 NIV)
Another version reads that He is able to “save to the uttermost.”
So often we stop at the initial point of salvation, the cleansing of our sins and the securing of our eternal salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. But there’s so much more...
God wants you to live a full life, a life filled with his presence and filled with his joy. His kingdom – all goodness and rightness – active in your life now. If you can imagine what heaven is like... then you can start imagining what his original intent is for your life. And you can have much of that life right now.
It’s true that in this world you will have tribulation, but Jesus has overcome it. Because of the entrance of sin in the world, the devil is having a heyday on earth at the moment, but you don’t have to be under his thumb.
Don’t settle for a partially “saved” life. Be proactive and seek God’s healing for your pain, his provision for your need. Scour the word of God and discover the God who is. The great I Am. Healer, Provider, Warrior, Savior...
Don’t compartmentalize your life and think that God is only concerned about your eternal status. He’s concerned about your today status and your tomorrow and – your past.
Don’t settle. Don’t settle for a half-way life. Don’t believe the lie that you are broken and it’s up to you to fix it or figure life out from that place of disrepair.
If you read the psalms, you’ll read the deep depths of pain and anguish that King David and other psalmists experienced. They brought it to the Lord. They sought resolution and healing from God. If you’ve been ignoring the deep pain in your heart and saying “you’re fine” then you’re missing the point of this life. God wants you to be saved – completely. Now and into eternity.
I pray you will seek out and ask for a complete work of the Holy Spirit in your life. Don’t settle for anything less than the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ within the totality of your being.
May you be saved.
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25 NIV
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