In I Corinthians 2:12 Saint Paul writes, "And we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit of God that we might know the things given to us by God."

If you ask most Christians they would say that the Spirit of God is given to them so they can be saved. But Saint Paul states that we receive the Spirit of God so we can "know, perceive and understand" the gifts that God has given to us. Among these gifts, one of these is of course our salvation.

It is not only important that we actually be saved, but it is just as important that we know that we have been saved and that this is a gift from God.

To be saved and not know it would not allow our lives to be redirected. But to have the Spirit of God teach us what gifts God has given us, then informs our minds and our actions accordingly.

So for Paul, the knowledge the Spirit of God gives to us, gives us a bases to not only redirect our lives, but our very salvation as well. Knowing that our salvation is a gift from God prevents us from loosing our salvation by thinking we can earn our own salvation.

© 2010, VoiceWind. . .Greg Loveless. All rights reserved.

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