I have been discussing this with a friend and would like your thoughts.........
Here is what I wrote him today.......
My friend wrote....
Thank God He doesn't save us based on our performance, but based on His grace. I'll accept that. Do you?
He can and does only save us based on the performance of Jesus Christ........the Divine within us(the Christ that lights every man that enters the world)....that sounds weird but I think it's true.
I don't really even understand grace to tell you the truth. To theological for my blood. I like to think that God created us because He wanted to. He took one look at us and fell in love with us. He pronounced the work of His hands (us) very good and because He loves us He saves us, period. Simple.
I think I already told you that I know Jesus saved us. That to me is a done deal. Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world (me and you and ....). Tis the works of the Devil that keeps us from God and Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil and I think He did just that as well as the first thing I mentioned. Jesus did not fail of His mission nor God of His intended purpose for Jesus so I do accept that I am saved BUT in another very real sense I am not saved at all. This is why I am trying to work out my salvation with fear and trembling. This is why I strive for the high calling that I sense is my destiny.
I believe, help my unbelief, doesn't quite say it all for me. I might say 'I believe, help me know Your peace and purity.'
My intellectual acceptance of being saved by His grace is almost meaningless to me. It comforts me to know there is something at work within me crying out on my behalf to God. It is working even when I am faithless. God will not ignore the cry of the Divine, the Christ that lights every man that enters the world.
Also you say that God doesn't save us based on our performance and I agree somewhat but I want to be saved from much of my performance or being saved is meaningless and a sham to me. I do not think I am pleasing to God if my performance is bad and to be a life that does not please God would not be a life that is saved in my opinion, do you understand?
In other words, I know I am saved because of the Christ but I am not saved until the Christ so permeates my being that I am at total peace in Him. Do you understand the reality of being saved yet working out our salvation? Do you really consider yourself completely saved in body (physical), mind and spirit? Is your existence right this very minute 'Heaven' to you? I know it's not, not in the way I am asking. You long for something more. You know there is still something not 100% right within your essence. You are still working out your salvation in some way aren't you?
Oh I'm just airing but am really looking forward to your thoughts on these things. I don't want any theological or 'intellectual' thoughts per se but your usual good thoughts from your 'heart'.