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 27

Continuing in our study…. Salvation:  Past, Future, Present

Purpose and Relationship 

Salvation is a unity.  When I accepted Christ as my Savior, when my guilt was gone, I returned to the place for which I was originally made.  Man has a purpose.  In this beginning of the twenty-first century, one is constantly confronted with the question, ‘What is the purpose of man—if man has any purpose?’  And to that question the twenty-first century returns a great silence.  But the Bible says that man has the purpose of loving God with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his mind.  And this ‘loving’ is not meant to be vague or ‘religious,’ in the modern sense, but a genuine communication with God: the finite person, thinking and acting and feeling, being in relationship with the infinite—not a bare infinite, but an infinite who is a personal God, and therefore communication is possible.  This is the purpose of man, though lost through the ‘fall.’  And when I accept Christ as my Savior, the guilt that has separated me from God, and from the fulfillment of my purpose, is removed.  I then stand in the place in which man was made to stand at his creation.  Not just in some far-off day, after the return of Christ, nor in eternity, but now I am returned to the place for which I was made at the beginning.  I am immediately in a new and living relationship with each of the three persons of the Trinity.  (con’t tomorrow). 

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

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