Vulnerability and Salvation

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—

-Ephesians 2:8

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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?

But,

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:


 

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4 thoughts on “Vulnerability and Salvation

  1. Wow, this links so much to revival, which is what I’ve been studying, as you know. Because revival begins with humbling ourselves before God and repenting, and that’s like the epitome of vulnerability. It’s such a convicting truth you presented!

    I also wanted to say I really, really appreciated your recent posts on idolatrous bookworms. It’s something I’ve felt convicted about before, but never knew how to put it into words, or share it. I notice it so much in my own life – if I’m reading an interesting story, that’s what’s filling my mind all day rather than God’s word and spiritual themes. And know that the battle between good and evil is a battle for the mind, makes me wonder should we be allowing anything that takes our mind away from God and His word? Or do we just need to discipline our thought lives more? I’m not sure what this should practically look like in my reading life! Has this changed things for you? What are your thoughts on all this? (Sorry if this is taking from future posts you have planned about the topic – feel free to just tell me to wait for them!)

    I’m so encouraged by your blog, Jordy, the things you share, and the way you continually refer back to God’s word. May God continue to bless you and your ministry here!

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    1. I’m sorry for my slowness to reply, Jessica! I’ve been in a bit of a rut with regards to time management recently. Hopefully, I’m on my way out. But regardless of how quick or slow I am to reply, your comments continue to be such an encouragement to me. Thank you!

      Well, I’m not currently planning to continue with the topic of idolatrous bookworms, so I’d be glad to discuss here. And I may do more in the future. I suppose it depends on what God puts on my heart and how attentive I am to Him. I wonder how precise a say He wants to have in the topics we blog on, and how much freedom He gives us to choose. Have you thought much about it before?

      Good question regarding whether we should completely rid our minds of that which takes us away from godly thoughts, or be more disciplined in our thought life. Good question indeed. Hmmm. Well, if I think about it, self-control *is* a fruit of the spirit… but based on my understanding of Scripture, it seems that God intends us to use it, not to see how much temptation or pressure from the flesh we can stand up to, but to resist the devil (and anything he might care to use against us) – James 4:7 – and to throw off everything that hinders – Hebrews 12:1. Those are the Bible references that came to my mind at first thought. Perhaps you’ve thought of others that shed light onto this topic?

      The biggest change for me since writing those posts was a change of mindset. It was just so sobering to think through. I have barely read my book since then, but that could be more a matter of not having the time. Hopefully, even if I did have the time, my changed mindset would result in a more healthy reading life. Because I don’t think all books are bad. Have you read much since last you wrote?

      Praise God for using my blog to encourage you. (But hearing about it does encourage me when I have my doubts, so thank you for sharing with me, too.) I hope the rest of your day will be filled with the joy of the Lord, your strength.

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