„I am saved, I am a Christian“ – What does that mean?

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“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever.” (Rom. 11:33-36)

We say it often in Christian circles. “I’m saved.” “I’m a Christian.” But if we’re not careful, we can utter the phrase with the same alacrity as we would the weather.

Perhaps at times it behooves us to pull over, park, and take a longer look at the sights of our great salvation. As we do, we will be reminded that “I’m saved” is a jaw-dropping sight.

It’s a sight which God alone has crafted. Our salvation has been master-planned by the Creator-God of the universe. And it’s not a static, point-in-time event, but a movement in which God flawlessly carries out his eternal decree. It began in eternity past, snowballs throughout time, and will crescendo in eternity future.

Here is a brief glance at what it means to be a true Christian.

[continue reading here…]

The main steps discussed are:

  1. Election.
  2. Atonement
  3. Propitiation.
  4. Effectual call
  5. Regeneration
  6. Faith
  7. Repentance
  8. Imputation
  9. Justification
  10. Redemption
  11. Reconciliation
  12. Union with Christ
  13. Sanctification
  14. Perseverance
  15. Glorification

[Read the whole article here…]

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