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How to be Completely Saved

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 26, 2009


Today’s Biblegateway verse,

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them – Hebrews 7:25

This verse begs the question, can one be saved – incompletely.  To discover this answer, we have to look at the context of this passage.  The writer of Hebrews is talking about Jesus being a priest for us in the order of Melchizedek – that is a priest that has no beginning or ending to his priesthood and one that is sinless without the limitations of the Aaronic priesthood where the priest would have to offer sacrifice for his own sins before offering temporary relief for the people’s sins.

The key to note is that believers still need a priest, not just for the salvation effect, but also to constantly intercede for us.  Believers still sin, and when we do, we have a priest that intercedes on our behalf when we confess our sins. (1 John 1:9)

This is a feature of his priest hood that many believers don’t take advantage of.  Sure they are saved in the technical sense, but they walk around with a lot of sin baggage.  They sin through the course of a day or week and never repent before God for their sin.  There is no remorse and no confession and therefore live an incompletely saved life because, though they may be saved, they aren’t living to the full potential Jesus intended. 

There is power in confession.  It destroys pride and releases humility.  In the days before Christ, a person would bring an offering to the Aaronic priest to sacrifice for the sins they committed.  This sacrifice was only good to take care of that sin. There was another sacrifice they would perform once per year for the sin seed that was within them all.  The difference is that Jesus covered that original sin at the cross, and he is able to provide absolution from sin committed by you after you take him as your Lord. He is already ready to take that offering of confession and forgive you of sin.  He is faithful and just to forgive.

But even in 1 John 1:9, there is a condition to this forgiveness – we must confess our sin.  John is not speaking to the non-believer but to the believer.  We must maintain a repentant heart throughout our Christian journey. 

Salvation is freely given, but it is only given to repentant hearts, so there is something that is required of man – confession and repentance.

So to answer the question posed earlier of the verse, yes there is an incomplete salvation experience. It is an experience where you are conditionally saved from the destiny of hell but are trapped in a lifestyle of unrepentant sin.  You struggle alone; you walk in false assumptions of freedom; you miss out on a truly free life with Jesus on this earth.

Jesus came to make dead people live, but too many Christians fall to sleep in their old coffins.  There is a path to victorious living, and it starts with confessing your failures to Christ and turning from them.  Remember that there is only one mediator between God and man and that is Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). A human priest cannot absolve you of any sin.  We are told to confess our sins to one another, but that is the sin we commit against one another. (James 5:16) We do this along with praying for each other so that there might be healing between us.

So the call of this verse is to live a life of repentance where a savior, ready to forgive, awaits your confession by mouth and your repentance by heart. What makes true Christianity difficult is that you must die to yourself daily.  It’s humbling; it’s challenging, but it is life changing.

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