Salvation: Past-Future-Present

At present, we are working with the light of truth presented by Dr. Francis Schaeffer from his book True Spirituality where we are discussing the basic considerations of the Christian life, or true Christianity.
Part 24
Salvation:  Past-Future-Present (Con’t)

Christians are to demonstrate God’s character, which is a moral demonstration, but it is not only to be a demonstration of moral principles; it is a demonstration of his being, his existence.  What a calling, and how overwhelming!  Surely anyone who has been at all honest, and not just romantic or idealistic in a bad sense, must understand that any such demonstrations would be totally meaningless by his own effort, in his own strength.  So again, the biblical teaching of Christ the Bridegroom, bringing forth his fruit through us—the power of the crucified and risen Christ and the agency of the Holy Spirit by faith—is seen to be no isolated teaching.  It should not take us by surprise.  It fits into the unity of the Bible’s teaching about the calling of the Christian in this present world.  This is the second of the biblical unities we have considered.  The first was the unity of the Bible’s teaching in regard to the supernatural nature of the universe.   

(Friends…absorb and embed the wording and content…the meaning…of this next paragraph into your hearts and minds…it is the essence of your identity ‘in’ Christ.)  A third unity of the Bible’s teaching is the unity of what salvation is.  When I truly accept Christ as my Savior, the bible says God declares me justified at once.  God, as the Judge, judicially declares the guilt gone upon the basis of the substitutionary work of Christ. It is not that God overlooks the sin.  He is holy, and because he is holy, all sin results in true guilt.  But when I accept Christ as my Savior, my sin has been punished in Christ: in history, space, and time, upon the cross.  And God declares me justified as far as guilt is concerned.  It is as though I had never sinned.  On the cross Jesus took all of our punishment, which means there is no punishment left for us to bear, either in this life, or hereafter.  Because Christ is divine his death had infinite value—value enough, in substitutionary fashion, to cover all of the individual sin, and all the guilt of all those who will ever come to him.  (more on this tomorrow 😊) 

Thoughts developed or used directly from the work of Schaeffer, Francis. True Spirituality . Tyndale House Publishers, Inc

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