Every once in a while, we come across people who think that their salvation is already guaranteed. Such persons think that their "saved" status can never be revoked, no matter what they have said or done. Some have even claimed that only a certain number of people would be saved, and they conveniently misquote scripture to support their views. But what is a Christian understanding of salvation? Are we really saved or not?
In today's reading, St. Paul
reminds us: "For we must be content to hope that we shall be saved –
our salvation is not in sight, we should not have to be hoping for it if
it were – but, as I say, we must hope to be saved since we are not
saved yet – it is something we must wait for with patience." What does this mean to us? It means that we still need to continue living good Christian lives, as we await
our hope for salvation. It also means that we cannot do as we please,
thinking that we can get away with it, expecting to still be saved when
what we have done is against God's commandments. May we be consistent with our behaviour, conduct and attitude, as we await our hope for salvation, and inspire others to do the same.