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Seeking Salvation Essay

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There is a story that has lasted throughout time and filled the hearts of many. It is a story of unending and undeniable love. The story has no real beginning and no real ending, but in the mind of man, the story began at the beginning of time. Before all things, there was, and still is, a God and He created all things, including mankind. God created a man, and then a woman, to have a relationship with Him. However, it was not long afterward, that evil came to show its face and drew the couple away from God. The world was then filled with sin and man became subject to it. Although all hope seemed lost, God knew beforehand what would happen. From the creation of the world, God had a plan of redemption in place. “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” (1 Pt 1:18-19, NKJV). Because of the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ, all mankind could be washed, sanctified, and justified. This redemptive plan can be examined by looking at the meaning of these three words and how they work together to bring salvation.
God wrapped Himself in flesh, took the sins of the world, saved us from eternal death, and called us into a new covenant relationship with Him. Along with other verses throughout the Bible, 1 Corinthians 6:11 and the verses that precede it, describe how God brought mankind into a new covenant relationship. “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11). In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 it lists sins that would keep a person from entering the kingdom of Heaven. They are fornication, adultery, homosexuality, drunkenness, and many others. However, because of being washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord and the by the Spirit of God, these sins are taken away. Through this we are able to enter into a covenant relationship with God and enter His Kingdom.
1 Corinthians 6:11 uses the verbs washed, sanctified, and justified to describe new birth. However, what do these verbs mean in reference to new birth? According to Richard B. Hays, “To be ‘washed’ suggests that we are cleansed and forgiven for what is past.” Being washed is when the sins and evils of this world, which have been laid upon a person, are literally taken away. That person is now clean before God. It is in this reference that the idea of baptism is brought into play, because being baptized washes away the sins from a person’s life. With this in mind, what does it mean to be sanctified? Also according to Hays, “To be ‘sanctified’ is to be set apart for God’ service.” The act of being sanctified is when a person is taken out of their present spiritual...

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