I did some teaching this week on the theme of salvation. The students were particularly struck by the spectrum of our salvation, I was saved, I am being saved and I will be saved.
Together we explored how we knew we had been saved in the past (justified by the graciousness of God in Jesus), how we need to continue to be saved by becoming more Christ like, holy, the people God desires us to be (sanctified) and how we will be saved in the future when we join with God in our death or the return of Christ (glorified).
There are a myriad of ways in which these aspects of our Salvinic relationship with God can be expressed. Our honest Christianity must enable us to reflect on how and where we are on all these facets of salvation. For example: Where have I put my hope and energies? Where do I need to do any re-adjustment of my trust? How do I understand receiving grace?
My own reflection is that I would help myself if I was clear in the difference and benefits of these stages of salvation and not confuse them. The need to affirm my position in Christ, focus on my lifestyle to imitate Jesus in my every day and live in the light of what I can hope for in the future.