John Wesley on Salvation


Read this wonderful explanation of what is included in salvation by John Wesley, the great revivalist and founder of the Methodist church:

By salvation I mean, not barely deliverance from hell, or going to heaven, but a present deliverance from sin, a restoration of the soul to its primitive health, its original purity; a recovery of the divine nature, the renewal of our souls after the image of God in righteousness and true holiness, injustice, mercy, and truth. (John Wesley, The Works of John Wesley, Volume 11, page 106)

This is so much richer, fuller, deeper (and biblical) than ideas of salvation that focus only on justification. As great as justification is, it is only one jewel in a crown of spiritual blessings given to us in Christ, through the Spirit, at the time of conversion.

Read Ephesians 1:1-14 to be inspired about the beautiful salvation God is working in you. Of that salvation, Paul says: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).

It is our commitment and our joy to help everyone who is a part of Living Word to grow into the maturity of a full salvation as Wesley described above. What we have in Christ, we are to live and grow into experientially.

One of the ancient theologian-pastors (Irenaeus) said, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” That is what salvation is all about–you becoming fully alive in Christ, renewed and transformed.

May God’s will be unhindered in your life.

Pastor Brian

 

Brian Rice

What I love most about my job:

Having the ability to empower and resource leaders to bear much fruit that lasts. Being a part of a team of friends and missional servants committed to changing the world.
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