Today’s Reading | 2 Corinthians 5
License or Obligation?
If the Holy Spirit was given to “guarantee” our salvation, does that mean we can live however we want and still go to heaven? Not according to what Paul says in this chapter. Paul tells us what our response ought to be to the truth that the Holy Spirit is a deposit guaranteeing our salvation. First, this truth ought to result in living a life of confidence in our salvation, knowing we have eternal life. We should never doubt our salvation or wonder if a sin we committed would result in losing it. Our salvation is guaranteed. Second, notice what that confidence produces. It produces motivation to please God no matter where we are (2:9). The fact that our salvation is guaranteed does not mean we can do whatever we want; it means we desire to do whatever God wants us to do. Why? Because one day we will all appear before the One who gave us this salvation. You see, eternal security is not a license to do whatever you want and still go to heaven. It is the motivation to serve and please God at all times. If eternal security has not motivated you in this way, maybe you don’t understand what it really means. How does this guarantee affect your life and how you live it?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?