Election

Ordo Salutis

Romans 8:29  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

“How can I know I’m saved?”  The first way to answer that would be to ask if you’re a changed person.  Are you becoming more like Jesus?  Would you say you’re being conformed into His image through the changing of your character? Assess your answers to those questions and reflect on what you “did” to be saved.  At what point in time did it happen?  In what order did it happen?

Most of us don’t think about an order of salvation much at all.  We just think, “I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior…I’m saved” and then we move on.  But when we take a deeper look at the theology of salvation and what God’s work in us is before we’re even aware of it, the more we can really appreciate the grace we’ve received.

If you’ve been saved, it means you’ve been called, for no one can come to Jesus that has not been drawn to Him by the Father (John 6:44).  Now, whether or not everyone receives this call or whether God chooses only certain people can be a debate for another day, but the biblical truth is that no one can reach out to God in faith on their own.  He plants the seed of faith in us to even believe the Gospel.  We can’t even have that faith until He gives it to us as a gift.  His grace goes beyond what we even realize.