This week in our Bible study we dove further into the lesson on “Knowing our Salvation.”
The main points of this lesson were our being forgiven, washed, sanctified, justified, and reconciled to God.
My realization this week is that the more we dive into the word to learn about our salvation, the more we can enjoy, appreciate, and experience all the wonderful things that the Lord has prepared for us.
Acts 10:43 says,
“To this One all the prophets testify that through His name everyone who believes into Him will receive forgiveness of sins.”
When man fell in Genesis, the nature of sin entered into man, causing man to become far from God. But then God came to us by being incarnated to become a man, Jesus, and died on the cross for us to pay the penalty of sin on our behalf. By believing into Him and in His redemptive work, we are forgiven, even washed, of all our sins! Our sins are completely taken away and we are clean and righteous before God.
1 Corinthians 6:11 says,
“And these things were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”
“These things” in this verse refer to many unrighteous and sinful things mentioned in 6:9 and 10. But in His salvation, we have been washed of the record of sin, sanctified and separated unto God to be His called saints, and justified to be approved by God to His standard of righteousness!
I also appreciated our being reconciled to God through Jesus’s death. Reconciliation is the restoration of a friendly relationship between two parties.
Colossians 1:20-22 says,
“…and you, though once alienated and enemies in your mind because of your evil works, He now has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death…”
We were not just sinners but also enemies of God—however Christ’s death has satisfied God’s righteous demand and appeased the relationship between God and us, thus fully reconciling us back to God. Seeing this contrast makes me appreciate our salvation even more.
To know these aspects of our salvation will help us greatly in our Christian life. May we go on to enjoy this wonderful salvation day by day!