Be careful that your view of salvation is not too narrow. When God speaks of salvation, He does so in diverse language that reveals the richness of His grace.
This past Sunday at Covenant, I preached on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. In that text the apostle Paul refers to the old lifestyle of the mainly Gentile congregation. He then goes on to remind them of the work God had done in their lives – “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified.”
Some think that Paul is giving an edited Ordo Solutis (Order of Salvation). But that is not his point. Rather, Paul is looking at three different perspectives on their salvation. In their salvation, the triune God has cleansed them from their sins, set them apart for Himself, and declared them to be righteous. Each perspective speaks of a different aspect of salvation.
Some Christians look at salvation almost exclusively in terms of justification. This has historical precedent, since that was the main focus of the Protestant Reformation. Other Christians focus on adoption as their central focus in thinking of God’s gracious work. Both of those are important. But each is only one perspective of a multifaceted picture of salvation the Lord presents in Scripture.
God could have presented only one perspective on salvation – such as justification or adoption. Instead salvation is spoken of as regeneration, calling, redemption, sanctification, and other terms. In order to fully appreciate the beauty and glory of the salvation God has given us, we need to appreciate and study the multifaceted pictures of that salvation.
If you have not done so lately, take the time to reflect on Scripture’s use of different terms and pictures to describe salvation. Immerse yourself in the beauty and glory of God’s grace.
Which picture of salvation resonates the most with you?