“Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them…” (1John 3:9 NLT).
READ: 1John 3: 7-9
There have been many views and opinions of men as to what salvation really is. Some have said it is just a walk to the altar. Others have said it comes by the laying on of hands or by prophecy from a man of God. If we are ever going to define what salvation truly is, we will of necessity have to view it from an authority that is higher than any man or institution and that authority is the scriptures.
We need to understand that salvation is a sovereign act of God, The word salvation in the original Greek is the word ‘soteria,’ which means to rescue or deliver. God sent forth His son Jesus to rescue and deliver us from our sins (1 John 3:5) that is the work of salvation. Therefore, a person who makes a profession of faith in salvation through Jesus Christ, whether it is at the altar or not is not to continue in the same pattern of a sinful life. This is what the scripture is saying today, anybody who has been saved, redeemed by the blood of the lamb, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, do not continue in an unbroken pattern and unchanged lifestyle of sin. The one who leaves the altar, makes a profession of salvation, and continues in the same lifestyle of sin, with no evidence of a transformed life has made an empty and false profession. While on the other hand, the one who makes a true profession of salvation may often times fail and falter yet he will not remain in a puddle of sin because the seed of God remains in him and he will not continue in it, but will persevere in righteousness until the end.
Guide my heart oh Lord that I may know Your truth from error