says, “by grace you have been saved” and that verb, saved, is a perfect
participle, emphasizing the abiding consequences of God’s saving action in the
past, as if Paul should say, “you are people who have been saved and remain
come to the Table to partake of Jesus’ body and blood, not because we need to
be saved again – that’s been done and complete – declared in your baptism. We come because we have been saved to be
continued to be saved – or to continue to experience our salvation, to be renewed
in that salvation – to spread that salvation out into all the corners of our
life – now – and this week – and for all eternity with Jesus.