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The other day I had a conversation with a person from the town I grew up in. She told me what a horrible time they were having in their church.
In the last year, they had had two different preachers and was about to get their third one. I have to believe one of two things happened: the leaders of the church either lost their salvation or never had it to begin with.
Sometimes we have to wonder if a lot of people in our country know what salvation really is. So I looked up the work salvation in the dictionary. The meaning is, 1.) the act of saving or state of being saved; preservation from destruction, ruin, loss, or calamity, 2.) a person or thing that saves, Christians believe that Christ is the salvation of the world, 3.) the act of saving the soul, deliverance from sin and from punishment for sin.
I thought the dictionary gave a great meaning of salvation.
Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:1 give us the meaning of what to do with salvation after we have received it. If we do what he says, I guarantee we will have a much better relationship with God and with our church and everyone.
2 Corinthians 6:1-4 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time,: behold, now is the day of salvation. Giving no offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses.
In reading this 6th chapter of 2 Corinthians Paul went on to say what we should continue to do. We should serve God regardless of what happens to us.
In our little county we see people who claim to be Christians and living for God, doing a lot of sinful things to make more money or to get ahead they call it. What about judgement day? If you are living this kind of life, here is how Paul describes your life:
2 Corinthians 6:16-19 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith he Lord Almighty.
I know some will say, “Oh, if you have been saved you can go ahead and commit the sinful act you want and you will still be alright.”
That is not what this chapter says, nor will you find it anywhere in the Bible. If you do, give me a call and I will be glad to discuss it with you.