Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, 1 Peter 2:2 NLT
I was raised in church. I have a strong foundation in the Word of God. Not theology, but Word planted deep on my heart. I memorized scriptures from a very early age. I love the Word. It is very much alive to me. There are days I read a scripture that I have known forever and it brings a fresh deeper revelation. Despite being a Christian for over thirty-three years, for the first half of my Christian walk, I only knew salvation as getting me in to Heaven.
I didn’t realize that being saved offered so much more than a ticket into the golden gates. I didn’t realize there was more to the fullness of salvation. Sozo is was one of he first Greek words I learned about a decade ago, andother word for Saved.
Sozo to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction, to save a suffering one (from perishing), to make well, heal, restore to health.
Salvation became so much more. Salvation means to be rescued from hell. Nothing the enemy tries to do to me can change that. It doesn’t matter what has been done to me, what has been said about me or what I have done – my sins are forgiven. Hell will never know my presence.
The fullness of what Christ died for me to have in Him includes the healing power of His blood. Sometimes that stands in the face of facts presented by doctors, images and labs. Yet my spirit is free illness and disease. Regardless of what may plague my body, I am healed. At salvation it was finished. I can walk in facts or the Truth of salvation.
Salvation means that regardless of what comes against me, there is safety in Christ. This has been a harder Truth for me to grasp because I see so many things that show that the world we live in is unsafe. However, I can press into the fullness of salvation in Christ knowing that my Spirit is safe in Him.
Christ will rescue me from danger and destruction, even when it is of my own making. Yes, destruction still happens in the world around us. I need only see a brief flash of the news to see fires, hurricanes, man-made danger. Yet, Christ will rescue me. Yes, I may go through the physical part of danger, but He has the ability to keep it from destroying my soul. I have to press in to grow in the fullness of this part of salvation, because too often it is easier to focus on the pain around me than to let Him rescue me.
I have the ability to stay in the basics of salvation. I can live my life knowing that I am saved and will die and go to heaven instead of going to hell. Many Christians live and die this was every day. However, if I press in to who Christ is and all that He died for me to have, I can walk in the fullness of salvation. I can have more peace and joy as I crave more and more of the pure spiritual milk that is contained in God’s Word. As I learn to walk in the Truths revealed, He will reveal more and more of Himself to me.
This blog is part of a #Write31Days series on growth. 31 Days is an online writing challenge, where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day.