Good Morning! This is another sketch I have been working on, called “Unbound Love.”
Last night during bible study we discussed the woman at the well from the book of John. We discussed the fact that she didn’t believe “right away” and Ty called it “progressive salvation.”
This is from “Theopedia” an online encyclopedia of biblical Christianity
Progressive salvation refers to the journey of a believer between conversion and death. It is the only path that leads to eternal life (Romans 6:20-23), and is walked by faith alone, in the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8, Galatians 3:2-5). It contains bumps and struggles and setbacks, but is marked by growth in love for others and for God. It involves a fight of faith, a striving for peace and holiness (Hebrews 12:14, 1 John 1:9), and a reoccurring approach of the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). “[O]ur Lord Jesus Christ… will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:7-9)
I think the sketch accurately depicts this journey because as we grow, study, and fall in love with Jesus, the things that bind us begin to loosen, opening our hearts ever wider to receive His unconditional love. It is through trials, experiences, studies, and life that we come to this unexplainable place of grace, love and compassion. A place only available to us through a relationship with Jesus. The deeper the relationship grows, the more passionate we become about sharing Him with others. It is a process, or progressive salvation. We are always being saved, even when we screw up. We keep going back, we keep seeking forgiveness, we keep receiving love, mercy, and grace. God also disciplines us through His love. He is always there, gently reminding us to take the path that leads to Him. It is up to us to decide! It is only when we willingly take those first steps towards Him that we are able to learn to walk, stride, jog, run and win the race for Jesus. Never giving up!
Run with endurance….Hebrews 12:1