Salvation Balance

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Matthew 16:13–17; Romans 10:6–14

In the US, individuality is all the rage, and it has been since at least 4 July 1776. Individuality is not a bad thing, automatiy. While there are many aspects to our faith that are indeed communal (and must remain that way), there are others that are certainly individual.

The most significant aspect is our salvation. US Evangelistic Christendom created almost a creed out it, “Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal savior?” It certainly isn’t a bad question.

One of things it opposes, however, is a longer running of the with is infant and child . Infant and child generally falls under the rubric of collective salvation. This is not to say it is invalid, quite the contrary. It is just a perspective that is different. Sadly, though, it was definitely a tactic use to divide certain s (Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist) from others (Baptist, Pentecostal, and non-denomial).

However, once a person is able to right from wrong all s recognize that salvation has become individual. Whether by or by confirmation, there is some recognition of the individual’s acceptance of Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

There is a danger, though, in regard to individual salvation. The danger is a mental one. Many people can get to the point of intellectual assent. Others can get to the point of emotional assent.

It is not to say that only having one means that you are not d, for God works through all aspects of our personalities and can redeem them. It is to say that is only through both intellect and emotional that we “…may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s , and to know Christ’s that surpasses knowledge…” (Ephesians 3:18–19, CSB)

※Questions※

1) Is it easier for you to intellectually understand God, or emotionally? Why do you think that is? Where else in your do you see that?

2) Why do you think intellect and are needed in our relationship with God?

3) How might a person maintain balance between intellect and emotion? What practices do you have to do so?

※Prayer※

Jesus, to know you is to know God. May the knowledge of s be equal to the knowledge of our minds when it comes to relationship with you. Amen.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.