Do Not Confuse Conversion with Salvation

"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 the things that are freely given to us of God". - 1Co. 2:12

    We have received the Spirit, in order that we might know {through belief in the gospel}  𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘶𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥, i.e. His perfect salvation in Christ Jesus. 

    Please note that knowledge of the things is 𝘯𝘰𝘵 the things themselves. Through faith in the gospel we come to learn or 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 of those things which have been given to us of God, first, before the world began and then, and secondly, "when the fullness of time was come". 

    The gospel is said to be the power of God unto salvation because it tells of Christ and Him crucified, Who 𝘪𝘴 that power of God unto salvation. Hence the gospel as a story is 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 the power of God unto salvation. The gospel does 𝘯𝘰𝘵 create a new reality. It reveals / manifests / brings to light the reality "of those things that are freely given to us of God". 

    Do not confuse conversion with salvation.

    The former occurs through the ministry of the Holy Ghost and the gospel spoken (and heard). 

    The latter 𝘩𝘢𝘴 occurred once and for all time. Upon the cross. Of Calvary. When Christ the Son of the living God did shed His blood for us, according to Scriptures...

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