Dr. Linda Stratford – “The Mystery of Salvation”
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” – Philippians 3:10-11
It would be interesting to know how many in reading this passage are troubled by the word “somehow.” Is the term bothersome, implying doubt, or confusion? Or, conversely, might it signal willingness to leave the mystery of salvation in God’s hands?
Earlier in Philippians 3 Paul denounces attempts at attaining religious perfection as a means to build hope in resurrection. Paul instead, advocates a wholly trusting in Christ as God’s means to righteousness.
Confidence in salvation implies a willingness to place the mystery of resurrection in God’s hands. This is the nature of faith. We, like Christ, are required to await resurrection. It is in this way we “become like Him in His death.”
To be a good steward of my faith and of those around me, I must practice a certain willingness to embrace the mystery of salvation. I need not to have all the answers; rather, I need to trust that there is One in whom all answers will come.