Salvation is continuous, not an instance.

Colossians 1:23-29
If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved 23
away from the hope of the gospel
, which ye have heard, and which
was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I
Paul am made a minister; Who now rejoice in my sufferings for 24
you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in
my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: Whereof I am 25
made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is
given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery 26
which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is
made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known 27
what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles;
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, 28
warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that
we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I 29
also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in
me mightily.

I’m not an expert in English, but I was taught the “;” “,” etc are all punctuations or additions to a sentences, which most probably can be summarized, and the “.” Means the end of a statement. Gosh, above is a long statement indeed! I’ve extracted some of the words in the statements to summarize the knowing of my current understanding of Salvation.

Salvation is continuous, not an instance. Rather, many instances!

As Paul puts in Colossians Chapter 1, extracted:
If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, the hope of glory, perfect in Christ Jesus.

Yes, it is continuous as once again, God speaks to us from his word.

I like to compare to trusted commentaries, such as at
People’s New Testament
1:23 If ye continue in the faith. Their continued acceptance depends on their clinging to Christ who redeemed them. Cf Eph 4:14 That we henceforth 14
be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine…

Wesley’s Notes
1:23 If ye continue in the faith – Otherwise, ye will lose all the blessings which ye have already begun to enjoy. And be not removed from the hope of the gospel – The glorious hope of perfect love. Which is preached – Is already begun to be preached to every creature under heaven.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
Here is presented to our view the method of being reconciled. And that, notwithstanding the hatred of sin on God’s part, it pleased God to reconcile fallen man to himself. If convinced that we were enemies in our minds by wicked works, and that we are now reconciled to God by the sacrifice and death of Christ in our nature, we shall not attempt to explain away, nor yet think fully to comprehend these mysteries; but we shall see the glory of this plan of redemption, and rejoice in the hope set before us. If this be so, that God’s love is so great to us, what shall we do now for God? Be frequent in prayer, and abound in holy duties; and live no more to yourselves, but to Christ. Christ died for us. But wherefore? That we should still live in sin? No; but that we should die to sin, and live henceforth not to ourselves, but to Him.
Frequent = Constant = Continued.

Yes, Salvation is not a point in time, but constant faith, hope, believe in Jesus. Turning away from our Old Man, reborn of the New Man, living for Christ continually till we see Christ face to face. What a glorious hope! =)


~ by ymsim on 2010/03/10.

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