If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
-1 John 1:8-10
As I consider the place of vulnerability in God’s design, I think salvation comes through it.
No, salvation is not through vulnerability in the same way that it is through faith. The Bible clearly teaches:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
Salvation is through faith. This is a truth I can proclaim as the direct Word of God.
On the other hand, the Bible doesn’t mention vulnerability by word even once. But while God never says, “salvation is through vulnerability,” it appears to be the case, based on observation. How can a person receive the free gift of salvation without recognizing their depravity and confessing their sin?
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
-1 John 1:9
And confessing our sins takes peeling back the cover of darkness and letting the light expose that which we must confess. Vulnerability.
Thus, I would venture to suggest that salvation is through us being vulnerable with ourselves and with God.
The anti-vulnerable alternative to confessing our sins is claiming to be without sin. But it comes with downsides of its own.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
-1 John 1:8
If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
-1 John 1:10
Are we willing to get vulnerable with God as required for our sins to be forgiven and our selves cleansed of all unrighteousness? Will we rather stay safe and happy in the dark, protecting our self-images by talking and acting like we are without sin?
NOTE: This post is part of a year-long series. The other installments are:
- Word of the Year – 2017
- What is it? – A Study on Vulnerability
- Walking in the Light – A Study on Vulnerability
- Light of the World – A Study on Vulnerability
- 3 Benefits of Vulnerability – A Study on Vulnerability
- Turn up the Light: Sanctification