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Thank you Bill, this was interesting. Don't let the question of "what's a Christian" haunt you. Don't worry about incorporating all the biblical data. Let us love Jesus tenderly, abandoning our will into his like a child wrapping her arms around her father's neck. "My son, give me your heart" Pr 23:26. This is what he wants most, and this is what very few give Him. Don't let the scripture be a set of definitions, but rather, let the Word be the arsonist of an incendiary conflagration of divine Love in your soul. The everlasting love is a call to oneness with God forever (Jer 31:3). Jesus and you; Jesus came to make you and him into one being, one Spirit (1Co 6:17). Surrender yourself, fade into Him. So when the father looks at you two he just sees His Christ. "Do you love me?" Jesus asks and we exclaim,

"Lord, it is my chief complaint, That my love is weak and faint; Yet I love thee and adore, Oh for grace to love thee more!" -W Cowper

Great food for thought. Really enjoyed your post.

Mr Mounce,
Good discussion. Indeed, the Gate & Path imagery from Matthew 7 is helpful. Your last phrase in your post, though, perplexed me a little. What if you "celebrate the finished work of Christ on the cross and the underserved, grace-filled, regenerative work of the Holy Spirit at [your] conversion" but at some point drift from the gospel or fall into sin? Are you simply saying that for that period of time you are not experiencing the 'present tense' of 'salvation', or are you saying that the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit in your heart was... not actually regenerative?

I understand our responsibility to hold to the gospel and the fact that that is evidence of conversion, but I'm just wondering how, in the context of your post, YOU would explain someone who has been converted but then seemingly lives their old life for a time.

Thanks.

I pondered these three "stages" of salvation as I watched the Chilean miners being rescued. They went from the vessel being delivered to them (past) to ascending to the surface (being saved) to arriving to a great crowd of witnesses (will be saved).
The 2,000 ft. ascension in darkness reminded me of the Christian life, which can often be filled with pain and sorrow, yet still contains a wonderful hope that light and glory awaits.

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