Have you ever heard anyone say, “I have been saved; I am being saved; and I will be saved?” Have you said it? Do you believe it’s true? It can get a bit tricky to explain how salvation “works,” but it often goes something like this:
God HAS saved us (regeneration) – Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
God IS saving us (sanctification) – 2 Corinthians 4:16 “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.”
God WILL save us (glorification) – 1 Peter 1:5 “Who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
I’m sure we could spend hours debating the finer points of “The Order of Salvation,” but that’s not the intent of this post. Rather, If we accept the idea of salvation having past, present, and future components, and we also accept that being saved is synonymous with being a disciple of Jesus, then doesn’t discipleship, or the Making of Disciples, also have past, present, and future components?
What are the implications of your answer?