I tweeted a simple thing about salvation this morning, but I kinda left a good part out. It focused on basically the three stages of salvation. (I know it omits Adoption, Regeneration, etc.) Look out below; I’m quoting my own tweet!
I did not come up with that, BTW.
Anyways, so…what are Christians saved from?
A common answer is, “Hell.”
OK. True, I’d say. But that’s only partially true because hell is the penalty for sin. (I know Romans 6:23a says the wages of sin is death…and Revelation 20:14-15 says being thrown into the lake of fire, i.e. hell, is the “second death.”)
What I really like is that Christians are saved from sin. Because I hate sin…and I don’t just mean sin ‘out there’ like the evil in the world. What bugs me most is the sin that still indwells my members and wages war against me…but I digress.
So we’re saved from sin! And I love the distinctions about it in light of the three stages of salvation. Maybe John Calvin came up with this bit of Soteriology, but I think I heard John MacArthur say it this way:
“You were saved from the penalty of sin; you are being saved from the power of sin; you will be saved from the presence of sin.”
- Saved from the penalty of sin (justification).
- Saved from the power of sin (sanctification).
- Saved from the presence of sin (glorification).
I rejoice for item 1. I struggle for item 2. I long for item 3.