And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body (Rom. 8:23 KJV)
Our salvation is both finished and unfinished! Christ’s work on the earth is completed, but its execution is still unfolding. There are three phases of our salvation that follow the pattern of the constitution of man from the inside out. Salvation begins with the spirit, then the soul and ultimately the body.
When we receive Christ, our spirit gets saved instantaneously, saved from eternal destruction and given the life of God. This is the first phase. This phase has little to no direct impact on our immediate day to day lives because the soul, not the spirit, directly lives on the earth. What immediately determines your feelings, thoughts, behavior etc is the soul, which in itself is under the influence of the spirit.
God then commands us to save the soul, which is the man that lives here and now. Many things are challenging our lives here and now, including sin, fears, diseases, anxieties, depressions, etc. Your spirit is saved. God commands you to save your soul in this present life by the power of His Word through the Spirit( James 1:21).
The final phase of salvation is the salvation of the body as in our scripture above. It is the culmination of all the three stages of salvation as we will finally be delivered from mortality into immortality. This physical body we now have will be changed into the spiritual body of God’s glory. That body cannot die, become sick or weak, but glows with the glory of God forever!
What phase of your salvation requires your direct input to make it work?
APPLY THE WORD
God wants you to save your soul from the destructive forces of sin and darkness in this present world. Your spirit is saved from sin. You now deliver your soul from the practical effects of sin. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling( Phil. 2:!2).
Thank the Lord again for the gift of salvation.