The Salvation of Our Body
Lastly, we must consider the salvation of our body. Even as Christ’s body was raised from the dead, each believer’s body will be raised from the dead at the physical return of Christ. “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11 NKJV). This part of our salvation is known as glorification.
The body has five natural senses that God gave us to help us navigate our physical lives. They are necessary for maximum functionality. We are aware of the world and all it has to offer such as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, which are all fed through these senses. These natural senses must be brought into subjection to Christ through the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. This begins with seeking God through prayer, giving ourselves to the Bible, spending time with other mature believers, and bearing witness of our faith to a lost world.
Having taken the time to look in detail at the three-fold salvation which our Lord has provided to us, we should understand the connection with the First Principles that make up the foundation of our life in Christ. My hope is that you can:
- Comprehend why repentance from dead works is so necessary.
- Understand why we apply faith toward God.
- Know that faith toward God leads to the baptisms commanded in the Bible.
- Know that the laying on of hands is a means of impartation to give what God has available to give through other believers.
- Know how important it is to understand the resurrection of the dead and how it applies in our life in the now, not just in the future.
- Understand the subject of eternal judgment that declares how an account to the Lord must be given.
Our salvation is built upon these principles and when properly applied will produce maturity in us and in our ability to fight the good fight of faith.