“But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”
One proof of spiritual growth and maturity is communication. As you grow, your expression of spiritual truths oozes maturity.
Today, we’ll be looking at ‘salvation semantics’. This is simply an exposition that would further help strengthen our understanding of salvation as well as correct age-long misconceptions surrounding salvation.
Our opening scripture reveals Apostle Paul’s systematic approach in explaining that it was God who took the first step in our glorious identification with Him. He intimates to the church at Galatia that rather than say “I know God”, it is more accurate to say “I am known of God”.
The reason why this is important is that the former places an emphasis on man’s effort while the latter on the grace of God.
Likewise, the notion that salvation is giving your life to Christ is inaccurate. This doesn’t mean the term “give your life to Christ” is wrong, we are saying that within the context of salvation, it is inaccurate.
We can give our lives to Christ in consecration to Him after salvation, but never before. Before salvation, we had no life to give. We were dead, blind, darkness, and in bondage. The only thing we could do in that state is to receive the life of Christ. That’s what salvation is- receiving the life of Christ.
Let’s look at several scriptural texts that corroborate this narrative.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
It was God who gave. All we could do was receive!
Speaking about Jesus, Apostle Paul says:
“Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father”
There is a plethora of scripture that communicates this beyond reasonable doubt. Some include Galatians 2:20, Titus 2:14, 1 Timothy 2:6, etc.
An understanding of this will help you communicate and live from a place of God’s grace, not your effort. Live with this consciousness today.