“As it is, there are many parts, yet one body..if one member suffers, all suffer together, if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” -1 Corinthians 12:20, 26
When Paul wrote about working on our salvation, actually he was emphasizing the exclusion of our works of the flesh so that we might not try to ‘complete’ it.
Grace excludes anything outside the Cross, anything that will put us in a position to include the merit-system. This is the place of training our free will. Because our free will is so free that if we aren’t careful it can make us go astray.
We need to work on our salvation in that way so that we’ll not put ourselves in a position to ruin it. Why is this so crucial?
Well, if we are not discerning or if we aren’t careful with our salvation (building our identity on our works for Christ instead on Christ Himself and what He has done for us) then like a domino effect we ruin the salvation of others.
As scary as it might sound, this is the reality of it..this is how far and deep it goes. Because it doesn’t matter if we think that no one really sees or knows what we do (how we handle or don’t our personal matters) the truth is that if anything matters then everything matters, so what we do or don’t do and what we comprehend or don’t it affects others in the church just as it’s written: if one member suffers that all suffer together. And this suffering happens in the spiritual realm, thus it affects us like that and we are able to perceive it through our spiritual eyes.
It’s time to excel in our understanding and realize that building and working on our salvation means more than just thinking of ourselves, but rather thinking of others as well.
And allowing the Holy Spirit to take us from being just believers to becoming examples in the Lord.