The Idea That 'I AM saved, am BEING saved, and WILL BE saved,' and its Relationship to Disciple Making.

three-shell-game2009Mar06Have 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?





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  1. Marshall says:

    Salvation does not consist in “components”…
    God is saving us with regard to the living expression of faith (in us) — not sanctification, as the Scriptures record “sanctified us” (being set apart) among what is already accomplished by God.
    Implication being, the man saved, who will be saved, is being saved; continues in life enabled to express the transformation in Christ who is our Salvation. The expression of Salvation is progressive in a fashion we call “maturity”; the “mature/complete man, into the measure of the prime/stature of/to the compliment/filling of Christ.”
    [Ephesians 4:13]

    There is a past, present, and future into the expression of Christ in us as His disciple(s); expressions that are not hard-bound to our time-line. In a given day, we may witness future or past facets and “lamps” piercing the present tense with/in a disciple, or a once-was disciple, or a to-be disciple. curious, how from I Samuel 19, Saul (and his messengers) are similarly interrupted by expression in the Salvation of God out of Saul’s past [I Samuel 10:11-12].

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