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Bible 1 Yr – Day 211 – Paul Presses On…

Just a short one today in which we see Saint Paul tell us that no one, not even his, Salvation is guaranteed:

For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

Phi 3:8-12

Notice, Paul has dedicated his life to the Lord. He’s walked from one end of Rome to the other. He’s suffered beatings and shipwrecks. Yet still he describes his obtainment of salvation as a future possibility.

But Paul knows he is on the right path. In fact, he is confident enough in that, that he encourages the brethren to imitate his way of life and in doing so to make themselves and example to others:

17 Brethren, join in imitating me, and mark those who so live as you have an example in us.

But confidence that you are traveling the right path is infinitely different from an assurance of salvation. That is why Paul said in the last chapter that we must, “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

2 thoughts on “Bible 1 Yr – Day 211 – Paul Presses On…”

  1. Pressing on is trusting Christ In suffering! Suffering is not in vein for the believer who are under the cross. Good post Dave.

  2. Work out your salvation is not saying anything about assurance! The assurance is in the fact that we are saved by the death and resurrection of the savor, if your not sure of your salvation it is because you don’t truly understand the gospel or election! Paul was sure 100 percent sure! The reason your not sure is because your chuch has your assurance not Christ! Of course your not sure because your assurance isn’t in faith alone through Christ alone!

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