Present Tense Salvation
If we do not have salvation making a difference in us and in our lives now, we cannot be very sure that it will make a difference in us and our eternities. To the extent that God changes us and our lives, to that same extent we will know that we have eternal life. The more He changes us and our lives, the more certain we will be that we have eternal life. I am thankful that He changed me and my life some three decades ago and that that was only the beginning. His changes continue and will one day be complete.
Psalms 55:19: God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Ephesians 4:24: And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Philippians 1:6: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
1 Corinthians 15:52: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
This devotional was written by Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Matthew 1:21: He shall save His people from their sins.
Many persons, if they are asked what they understand by salvation, will reply, *Being saved from hell and taken to heaven.* This is one result of salvation, but it is not one tithe of what is contained in that boon. It is true our Lord Jesus Christ does redeem all His people from the wrath to come; He saves them from the fearful condemnation which their sins had brought upon them; but His triumph is far more complete than this. He saves His people *from their sins.* Oh! sweet deliverance from our worst foes. Where Christ works a saving work, He casts Satan from his throne, and will not let him be master any longer. No man is a true Christian if sin reigns in his mortal body. Sin will be in us-it will never be utterly expelled till the spirit enters glory; but it will never have dominion. There will be a striving for dominion-a lusting against the new law and the new spirit which God has implanted-but sin will never get the upper hand so as to be absolute monarch of our nature. Christ will be Master of the heart, and sin must be mortified. The Lion of the tribe of Judah shall prevail, and the dragon shall be cast out. Professor! is sin subdued in you? If your life is unholy your heart is unchanged, and if your heart is unchanged you are an unsaved person. If the Saviour has not sanctified you, renewed you, given you a hatred of sin and a love of holiness, He has done nothing in you of a saving character. The grace which does not make a man better than others is a worthless counterfeit. Christ saves His people, not in their sins, but from them. *Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.* *Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.* If not saved from sin, how shall we hope to be counted among His people. Lord, save me now from all evil, and enable me to honour my Saviour.