What is salvation, really?

3dd2e-one2byear2bbibleTODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Ezekiel 44:1–45:12
1 Peter 1:1-12
Psalm 119:17-32
Proverbs 28:8-10

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

1 Peter 1:8-9 “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Our Verses for Today point out an interesting truth. Let’s break it down:

First, we are reminded of a truth that we are well aware of – we haven’t seen Jesus. We didn’t live in the first century when we walked the earth and we haven’t seen Him in a visible form in this lifetime.

Yet, our Verses for Today say that, as followers-of-Jesus, we “love Him,” we “believe in him,” and we “rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.”

These are the actions that every believer should experience. The greatest commandment is to love our God (Matthew 22:36-40). We are commanded to believe in Him (John 3:16). And finally, we are told to delight in our God (Psalm 37:4).

Friend, look back over that list. It’s not a dull, dead, dry religion that we have been called to. It is a relationship. It is a relationship characterized by love, trust, and joy. This is what it means to be saved. It is an invitation into an incredibly enjoyable and satisfying relationship with the Father.

So, as we enjoy the relationship with our Lord, what is the result? What does the relationship produce?

Enjoying the relationship means that we are “obtaining the outcome of our faith, the salvation of (our) souls.” Simply put, it means that we will be enjoying and little bit of Heaven while we are here on earth. Heaven, after all, is so wonderful because we will have unbroken relationship with the God who made us and can satisfy our deepest longings. Pursuing relationship with Him while we are here on earth enables us to enjoy a little bit of eternity today.

So, see your salvation as what it was intended to be – an invitation into the adventure of a relationship with the Lord. Seek to love Him, trust Him, and be happy in Him. Satisfy yourself with Him. That is what it means to be saved, my friend.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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