Saved? We Haven’t Yet Finished the Course (Sun. July 11)

The word of the day is “shall.”  “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over.”  Today we apply that saying to our salvation.  Some would declare that they were saved at some moment in the past.  And now they can rest in the assurance of their deliverance.  But that is like the biker who has climbed to the top of a hill. Now, he tells himself, he can coast down the slope without worry or effort.  But the biker hasn’t reached his destination.  Soon another hill appears, and he is unprepared to face its challenge.  In today’s reading of Romans 5:1-10, Paul speaks of salvation as a future happening.  He writes, “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God…