Not As Though I Had Already Attained
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Some people are overly confident that they are saved (Isaiah 65:2-5 and Luke 18:10-14).
1. Some think they have done all the right works (Matthew 7:21-23).
2. Others falsely think they have the right religious heritage and that this will save them (John 8:31-40; cf. Luke 3:7-9).
B. We cannot be duped into any form of the “once saved always saved” error (Luke 8:13 and Hebrews 3:12-13).
1. A haughty [arrogant] attitude towards salvation won’t save anyone (Proverbs 18:12 and Ezekiel 16:50).
2. Remember, God broken away from His chosen people [Israel; Psalms 135:4] and that is a lesson for us (Romans 11:20-21).
II. Body: Philippians 3:4-15
A. The fact is, even the salvation of the righteous is not yet fully realized (Acts 14:22).
1. While you can say that you are saved / redeemed (I Corinthians 1:18 and Galatians 3:13)…
2. …You have to realize that salvation is not yet fully come (Romans 5:9-10, Romans 6:22, Hebrews 9:28, I Thessalonians 5:8-9, and I Peter 1:9).
B. If we’re not careful, we can forget that we will “scarcely” [with difficulty; not easily; with much work] be saved (I Peter 4:17-19).
1. This is not to say we cannot know that we’re going to be saved when Christ returns (I John 5:13).
2. Rather, we must focus on the fact that we have to continue to grow to make our calling election sure (II Peter 1:3-11).
3. Balancing that with perfecting ourselves (II Corinthians 7:1) without reaching a point wherein we think we’ve done enough to secure our spot in Heaven (I Thessalonians 5:1-3; cf. Luke 17:7-10).
C. The finish line is still ahead, so we have to keep running (I Corinthians 9:24-27).
1. Don’t get caught looking back at your body of work and think, “man I have accomplished some great things for God” (Job 22:2-3 and Galatians 6:3; cf. I Corinthians 15:9-10).
2. There CANNOT be a stopping point along our journey (Hebrews 3:6; 14)
III. Conclusion: II John 8
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager