The Christian Faith
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Episode #70: The Salvation of the Soul & Running the Christian Race
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To understand what salvation is in the New Testament, we need to be clear about what the Apostle Peter calls “the salvation of the soul” (1 Peter 1:9).
Our Christian life begins with the new birth, which takes place in our spirit the very moment believe in Christ (John 3:6); it will end with the transfiguration of our bodies at the Lord’s return; this will also take place in a moment, “in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Cor. 15:52).
In contrast, the salvation of our soul does not take place in an instant. Rather, our soul must be saved through an ongoing, life-long process the New Testament speaks of as “transformation” (Rom. 12:2, 2 Cor. 3:18, Matt. 16:24-27).
So, to receive the salvation of our soul we must run the Christian race for our entire life, as the Apostle Paul did (1 Cor. 9:24-27, Phil. 3:13-14). In this way we will be prepared to see the Lord when He returns, and thus receive the prize of reigning with Him for the 1,000 years of His kingdom on the earth (2 Tim. 4:7-8, 18).
LENGTH: 27 minutes
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BIBLE VERSES REFERENCED
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1 Peter 1:9: The salvation of the soul.
John 3:6: We were born anew in our spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18, Romans 12:2: We are being transformed.
Philippians 2:12-13: Work out your own salvation.
1 Peter 4:17-18: The righteous are saved with difficulty.
Matthew 16:24-27: What could we give in exchange for our soul?
1 Corinthians 9:24-27: Paul’s word about running the race.
Philippians 3:13-14: Paul was still running.
2 Timothy 4:7-8: Paul’s assurance of the crown.
Hebrews 11:6: We can’t come forward to God unless we believe He will reward us.
2 Timothy 4:18: The reward will be in the kingdom of the heavens.
Revelation 21:7: In eternity, every believer will be an overcomer.
Revelation 20:1-6: The millennial reign of Christ on this present earth.
Numbers 23:21: God did not behold iniquity in Israel.
Revelation 1:12,20: The seven golden lampstands.
Revelation 3:17-19: The Lord’s admonition in love to the church in Laodicea.
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This edition of the program was recorded in Chicago, Illinois on Monday, 6 November 2023.