2 Timothy 3:14-15 (ESV)
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Yesterday I started a series of posts looking at Soteriology, the study of salvation. I think it is important that before we get into the details of the differing ideas of what salvation is an how it works we should first take a moment to answer the question of why studying salvation matters.
As I mentioned yesterday many times my studies are to help me answer the question of how should I live. The idea is that post conversion after we have been saved we find ourselves in a new situation. We still physically live in this fallen world, yet our spirit has been regenerated and given citizenship in the eternal Kingdom of God. There is a tension and duality that now exists within us. The regenerated spirit is pure and holy while our old fallen nature still exists. We find in ourselves these two opposite entities urging us to act and behave in certain and often opposing ways. To me understanding the event that created this duality in me is key for understanding how to live.
Stated another way, I feel that studying salvation matters and is important because understanding God’s redemptive work in our lives effects all aspects of how we live post conversion. I feel like if we understand the initial work that God did in us then we can better understand the work God continues to do in us going forward.
What about you? Do ever think about salvation? Do you see value in understanding it?
Tomorrow we will look at what salvation is.
Heavenly Father, help us know you better today. I pray that you would open our spirits to receive revelation of your truth. Thank you Father for revealing yourself in the scriptures. I pray that we may be like Timothy and by studying your Word we may become wise for salvation though faith in Christ Jesus. We honor you. In Jesus’ name.