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“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls”
 
which is able to save your souls
 
The Word of God can save our souls while we apply it to our lives in time on earth. Salvation here is not eternal salvation but salvation of our Christian lives. The Word will enable us to put aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness.
 
Application of the principles of the Word to our experience will save us not from damnation but damage to our walk with the Lord. The word “souls” refers to our personalities, our natural life on earth.
Principle:
God is in the business of saving saved souls.
Application:
Recognition of sin is very difficult to a subjective person. However, Christians who allow the Word of God to objectively speak to them can deal with and confess sin in their life.
God is in the business of saving a saved soul. There are three kinds of salvation:
1) initial salvation of the soul,
2) progressive salvation of the believer’s Christian life and
3) ultimate salvation of the body, soul and spirit when we enter into the presence of God in Heaven.
When we allow the Word of God to take root in our souls in time, God will change us and mature us more into the likeness of Christ. He will make this happen more and more, day-by-day, if we learn His principles and apply them to our lives on a daily basis.
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