A Brethren Asked This Question: Why Does The Bible Talk Of TWO SALVATION As These Two Texts Seem To Reveal?:

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1) In the same manner Christ also was offered in sacrifice once to take away the SINS of many. He will appear the second time, not deal with SIN, but to SAVE those who are waiting for him” Hebrew 9:27

2) “This fills us with a living hope, and so we look forward to possessing the rich blessings that God keeps for his people. He keeps them for you in heaven, where they cannot decay or spoil or fade away. They are for you, who through faith are kept safe by God’s power for SALVATION which is ready to be revealed at the end of Time” 1st Peter 1:3-5.

Does this mean that when we confess and repent from our sins and accept Christ, are we not already for ever SAVED?


This question is very challenging to many of us, but let us scan through the thoughts of the author of the scripture- the Holy Spirit, to understand his use of this word SALVATION. SALVATION in the bible, is revealed in TWO DIMENSIONS:

THE FIRST DIMENSION:


In the first dimension, we are saved from Satan’s plat form of sinful destruction. Sins gives us into the hands of satan and his demons , to dominate and make us his slaves for hell. On this plate form we obey him, even against our wish. He has complete control over us and uses us to violet the laws of God, at his whims and caprices.


The first step of SALVATION is transferring us from this domain or platform where we obey him even against our will, through confession and repentance from sins(Act 2:38), and forgiveness through the blood of Jesus, unto that of Jesus to be able to refuse obeying him, and obey God through the Power of the holy Spirit.


On this base now, through Jesus Christ (by the power of the Holy Spirit), we are able to disobey Satan and his demons and dominate them in the name of Jesus. By grace in the Lord Jesus, we overcome the power of sins reigning over us.



We are now on the battle field and must do everything possible in collaboration with the Lord , to dominate Satan and sins, and keep obeying God for the SECOND AND FINAL SALVATION talk of in Hebrew 9:27, 1st Peter 1:5. Which therefore means that if Satan fails to stop us from the first phase, he will go to the second phase to continue the battle there.

 Therefore comes the exhortations:


-“Keep on working with fear and trembling to complete your salvation” Philippians 2:12

-“ If your hand or your foot makes you sin, cut it off and throw it away! It is better for you to enter life without a hand or a foot than to keep both feet and be thrown into eternal fire......” Matthew 18:8-9.

-“ Blessed are those who wash their robes clean and so have the right to eat the fruit from the tree of life and to go through the gates into the city” Revelation 22:14.

-“ And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake, will .........and WILL BE GIVEN ETERNAL LIFE” Matthew 19:29-30.

- “ Be like new-born babies always thirsty for the pure spiritual milk so that by drinking it you GROW and be SAVED” 1st peter 2:2.

-“ You have not resisted sins to the point of shading your blood”


Therefore, the second phase is the crucial one on the plate form of Christ to collaborate with the Holy Spirit for out heart’s circumcision and transformation, as to be pure to meet God( Happy are the pure in heart, for they shall see God).

We are appealing to brethren, to re-visit our debate topic on circumcision of idols from the heart. Because of the importance of this topic, we are placing it as our top debate message again! So you can better read again as you read through this prayer page.



THE SECOND PHASE OF SALVATION.


Therefore, the second phase of salvation comes in, involving only those who have rightly gone through the first phase. They are those who go victoriously through the transformation process from the old creation to the new, and finally leave this terrestrial tent to be with the Lord, and finally SAVED from the earth where they were still under Satan’s temptations.

Now, taken away from the earth to be with the Lord, they are completely SAVED from any influence of sins, or temptations from any where what so ever.


Therefore, comes words like:

- “ .....He will appear a SECOND TIME, not to deal with Sin, but SAVE, those who are waiting for him” Hebrew 9:27

- “ They are for you,..............God’s power of SALVATION, which is ready to be REVEALED AT THE END OF TIME” 1st Peter 1:5.


This thus implies that, every believer now in Christ who has gone through the first phase of salvation, must make sure to in collaboration with the Lord, work to complete his salvation(Philippians 2:12), which is the second phase. Ananias and Sapphira , Judas, failed in the second phase as they didn’t complete their salvation, and thus ended in hell.

 The fundamental text that should leave no doubt to us of someone having the first Phase of salvation but losing the second is that of sins unto death:


- If you see your brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray to God, who will give him life. This applies to those whose sin do not lead to death. But there is sin which leads to death, and I do not say that you should pray to God about that. A wrongdoing is sin but there is sin which does not lead to death” 1st John 5:16-17.


- “ For how can those who abandoned their faith be brought back to repent again? They were once in God’s light; they tested heaven’s gift and received their share of the Holy Spirit; they knew from experience that God’s word is good, and they had felt the powers of the coming age. And then, they abandoned their faith! It is impossible to bring them back to REPENT AGAIN, because they are again crucifying the Son of God and exposing him to public shame” Hebrews 6:4-6.

- Luke 13:6-9, Matthew 25


These texts are applicable to believers who have engaged in the first phase of salvation, and not unbelievers.

It is just like the people of Israel who went through the first phase of being saved from slavery in Egypt ( Egypt to us today represent the world of sins). They were going to Canaan which was land for their complete physical salvation (today represented by eternity with the Lord).

But on the way in the desert(which to us today represent difficulties or trials with the devil to obey God), many disobeyed and died without entering Canaan . Only some succeeded to enter their final land of salvation from slavery in Egypt , Canaan .


Brethren, until we take time before the Lord, to cry out for him to expose it’s deceitful wickedness, so that we can collaborate with him for circumcision, we will be self deceived to think that our heart is pure.

Yes, our hearts are deceitful and wicked:


- We say to some one ‘God bless you’, while in our heart, doubting and suspecting him.

- A brethren is presenting a financial need to us that we find sincere, but say we have nothing, whereas there is, and tell him 'God bless you'.

- Some one comes to us lowly dressed, we look at his attire from head to toe, and pay him casual attention, whereas another sumptously dressed, we give him all the attention and even bow to greet him.

- We see a brethren nearly working bear footed, or naked, or lack food to eat, while we have and can help, but close our eyes and tell him ' God bless you' !

- We read the word and know very well what God wants us to do, but skip over it because it rivals with the doctrines of our religious system , and confess how we love God and God loves us.

- We know very well the type of descent attire the lord want us to put on for his glory, but we throw it to the pigs because it goes against our worldly test, and confess how we love Jesus and are saved by grace in him!

- We read the bible and select just those things that pleases us and we find our interest in them and hang on , while the others that seems to displease us, we throw to the pigs and keep confessing how we are saved only by grace in Jesus!


- We pretend to talk well of someone in his presence, but immediately he turns his back, we say all sort of evil about him.


- We pretend to be comfortably exhorting one another in Christ, and calling each other brother, but the day he says something that goes contrary to our thoughts, we throw him to the pigs and stop communication!

-We pretend to say we love our wive or husband and so long as all keeps going well, the love looks very hot, but the day one mistakenly tramples on the toes of another, he/she vomits all his bile as if they have never known each other!

-We are discussing and laughing with someone, but immediately one mistakenly alters an unwanted word, our laughter turns to violence and we are hardly identified again !

- We tell somebody, we are coming, knowing very well in our hearts that we will not come.

- A person helps us to lend us something, but when the time comes to give it back, it becomes a talk of war.


- We helped someone in need, and when there is a small misunderstanding between us , we let everyone to know that if not of us, that one wouldn't have been surviving !

- Someone wrongs us, instead of just limiting our selve to what went wrong for correction, but we now get into history and start recounting all the wrongs he has ever done us.

- We hurt someone, and instead of saying sorry, and putting things right, we start justifying and quoting how he had equally hurt us some times ago!

- We confess how we are all brethren in Christ without barriers, but when it comes to marriage, because of his white or black color, we consider that one an outcast!

Yes, the list is very long and we know it! Yes, the heart of a man is deceitful and terribly wicked!

The circumcision of our hearts from idols, is all about collaborating with the holy Spirit to purge it off from this deceitful and wicked nature so that we may have a pure heart qualifying us to see God.

This is the twisted nature of the devil called the old creation, and does not change over night by our simply confession and repentance from sins. It is a process undertaken in us by the holy Spirit, as we turn to the Lord.


Let each one of us pray this prayers for ourselves as individuals.

PRAYERS:

- Heavenly father, I confess the truth that my hearts is deceitful and terribly wicked!

- May you spiritually open my mind to the understanding and acceptance of the truth as you have declared that, 'only the pure in heart shall see you', so that I will be conscious to take you serious and start collaborating with you, for a pure heart!

- I pray that you turn my attention to be sensitive towards every attitude of my heart, that I may be more conscious of it's evil ways.

- May I not be self deceived with some empty religious words of salvation by grace, while keeping an impure heart, which will disqualify me from seeing you!

- Examine me and test me, LORD; judge my desires and thoughts (Psalms 26:2), so that my heart may be exposed to the light.

- “ Gold and silver are tested by fire, and a person’s heart is tested by the Lord(Proverb 17:3), test my heart Lord, that all it's hidden evil may be exposed so that I can collaborate with your Holy Spirit for it's circumcision!

- Examine me, O God and know my thoughts. Find out if there is any evil in me and guide me in the everlasting way(psalms 139:23) to complete my salvation and be with your eternally!


Let's continue to pray as the Spirit leads us.


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