By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you.
Thoughts for Today:In our passage today, the word "saved" is speaking of something a little deeper than the initial born-again experience. So, I think there are two scripturally "correct" ways of looking at Paul's statement today. First, Paul could be saying that after we are born-again, we can also be saved from the spiritual and emotional illnesses that plague humanity (depression, fear, insecurity, etc.), provided we hold firmly to the truth of God's Word.
The second way, is as a guideline for our eternal salvation. Although we experience salvation today, we must continue to hold firmly to our profession of faith to the end. This is not to say we cannot be assured of our salvation -- it just needs to continue to be shielded with faith. (1 Peter 1:5: "... who [believers] through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.")
Questions to Ponder:How firmly do you hold to God's truth? Does it save you from the stress of the workplace, temptation, financial problems, or health issues? Faith is our shield, and the source of its power is God's Holy Spirit. Have you been trying to solve problems on your own? Will you seek His help? Will you go to Him now?