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Is salvation a one-time thing, or is it an ongoing process leading to growth and maturity in the knowledge of the Savior?
Today is the day of salvation

There are up-to-date reports on the stock market, political developments locally and worldwide, health and medical developments, and even obscure developments just to fill the timeslots and to keep people watching and listening.

The question is “what is your interest?” or “what interests you now?” The Bible mentions a time-sensitive issue in Romans 13:11:

“… for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”

Most people are of the opinion that one is “saved” at a certain point in time, and that salvation is then more or less finished with, or at least not mentioned again in the present tense. For many, it is a concept frozen in the distant past. Didn’t we get saved when we first believed? But here it’s written that salvation is nearer than it was at that time. In other words, it must also occur in the present tense; at least the opportunity must be there to become more “saved.”

Is salvation an ongoing process leading to a growth or a maturing in the knowledge of the Savior? We can also read in 2 Corinthians 6:2:

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Testimonies are often quite vivid and detailed descriptions of being saved, once upon a time. There was a need, a conviction of sinSin is anything that goes against God’s will and His laws. To commit sin is to transgress or disobey these laws. The lust to sin dwells in human nature. In other words, it is contaminated and motivated by the sinful tendencies that dwell in all people as a result of the fall into sin and disobedience in the garden of Eden. This... More, an acknowledgement, repentanceRepentance is the act of regretting sincerely the sin in your past with the goal to never do it again. It is making a decision to turn away from evil and to serve God. Repentance is one of the requirements for the forgiveness of sins. (Mark 2:17; Luke 15:10; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 3:19; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10; 2 Peter... More and receiving Jesus as Saviour into one’s life. Those are wonderful testimonies and wonderful beginnings. One could say, that was the day of salvation, or when we first believed.

But what about now? Has anything happened since that day? Is salvation nearer now than when you first believed? Is there any progress in that salvation? Perhaps there is only looking forward to the future with our Saviour in heaven. But what about now?

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When we are convicted of sin in our lives, or again come to need over our short-comings, should we not repentRepentance is the act of regretting sincerely the sin in your past with the goal to never do it again. It is making a decision to turn away from evil and to serve God. Repentance is one of the requirements for the forgiveness of sins. (Mark 2:17; Luke 15:10; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 3:19; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10; 2 Peter... More again, and use the opportunity to become ever more saved from our indwelling sinSin is anything that goes against God’s will and His laws. To commit sin is to transgress or disobey these laws. The lust to sin dwells in human nature. In other words, it is contaminated and motivated by the sinful tendencies that dwell in all people as a result of the fall into sin and disobedience in the garden of Eden. This... More? Today? Now?

In Hebrews 7:25 it speaks of being saved to the uttermost, which speaks of an ongoing development. Much as a child develops from childhood into adulthood. “till we all come … to a perfect man … to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:13.

May none of us be lulled to sleep and become so involved with the cares of this world that we neglect so great a salvation available to us now. (Hebrews 2:3)

Further reading about salvation:

What is the difference between justification, salvation, and sanctification?

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