Vol. 17, No. 22 – June 3, 2018
Eph 6:17, “And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
The general doctrine of salvation includes the following lesser doctrines: substitution, redemption, reconciliation, propitiation, conviction, calling, election, predestination, sovereignty, free will, grace, repentance, faith, regeneration, forgiveness, justification, sanctification, preservation, and glorification.
Salvation refers to the estate of one who has been made whole, which is both an active process and its resultant effect, both a verb (save) and a noun (salvation). Therefore, salvation is past, present, and future. The one who is in Christ has been saved, is being saved, and will be saved. Salvation has reference to the believer’s past, present, and future. The Biblical images we see for salvation describe what God has done, is doing, and will do on behalf of men and women who suffer from the misery, mortality, and meaninglessness of the human condition inside Satan’s cosmic system.
- The Past Tense: When we hear the word “salvation,” this is the aspect that immediately comes to mind and sometimes is the only aspect, except maybe for the last aspect – the future tense. “Past tense” salvation is the one you received at the moment that you believed in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. This salvation is the release of the guilty from the penalty of sin, which was wholly accomplished for all in the work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross. This salvation occurs at the time when anyone believes in Jesus Christ as their Savior,
Luke 7:50; 1 Cor 1:18; 2 Cor 2:15; 2 Tim 1:9. That Jesus accomplished salvation is a past fact: His death delivered us once and for all from the penalty and power of sin, John 19:30; Rom 5:8; Titus 3:5-7; Heb 5:9; 9:12. Justification, redemption, reconciliation, etc., are faits accomplis.
- The Present Tense, This is the most neglected aspect of salvation in the Bible. Because most Christians think they are saved in the Past, and will be with God forever in the future, they do not think about this aspect of salvation as being very important, or they take it for granted, or they neglect it altogether.
This salvation is an ongoing and progressive present experience that differs from our past salvation or conversion at the moment we believed in Jesus Christ. Those who have died with Jesus have also been raised with Him, and so share his life and his Spirit. The believer’s walk in salvation is living the life of being saved; living the life of salvation.
Though salvation is a past fact, it must not be “neglected” in the present, Heb 2:3, but rather be “held fast,” 1 Cor 15:2, and humbly “worked out,” Phil 2:12.
Heb 2:3, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard.”
1 Cor 15:2, “By which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.”
Phil 2:12-13, “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 13for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
That is why Christians are sometimes described in the NT as “those who are being saved,” Acts 2:47; 1 Cor 1:18; 2 Cor 2:15. This means that their “past salvation” has released them from the power of sin, and salvation is being accomplished now in those who exercise faith, John 17:17; Rom 6:14; 8:2; Gal 5:16; Phil 2:12-13.
We have been freed from sin and the hold Satan had over us, from the moment we believed that Jesus was our Savior. Now, we need to walk in that freedom. Not a freedom to sin, but a freedom not to sin. Yet, our present salvation is much more than not sinning, although without that we would not be able to have a present salvation. Freedom from sinning means freedom to know and walk with God presently! It means to live by His great plan and desire for your life. To walk in our present salvation is to glorify Him, as we keep His mandates for our lives out of love for Him, as we love and serve one another, Rom 6:5-14; 1 John 2:1-6; 5:1-5, 12-13; 1 Peter 2:2.
2 Cor 2:15, “For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
1 John 5:12, “He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”
1 Peter 2:2, “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.”
The “present tense” Salvation is the message of Titus 2:11-14.
Titus 2:11-14, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; 14who gave Himself for us, in order that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.”
- The Future Tense, This is the second commonly thought about aspect of salvation; our translation to eternal glory. This future salvation releases the believer from the very presence of sin when he is translated to heaven upon his death or the Rapture of the Church, Rom 13:11; Eph 2:5-7; Phil 1:6; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 John 3:1-2.
Rom 13:11, “Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.”
1 Peter 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
The full meaning of salvation will be known to us only at the last day, when the renewing process is complete and God throws off this body of sin we are currently living in and He provides a new, eternal, resurrection body of perfection, 1 Cor 15:20-58; Phil 1:6.
Phil 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you (Past) will perfect it (Present) until the day of Christ Jesus (Future).”
Both the OT and the NT express hope for a new heaven, a new earth, and a New Jerusalem, Isa 65:17-25; 2 Peter 3:13; Rev 21:1-4. The prophets anticipate a second exodus which will bring about a greater deliverance than that from Egypt and usher in the kingdom of God, Isa 51:9-11; Hosea 2:16-23. The NT envisioned a second coming of Christ, Heb 9:28; Rev 22. Heb 9:28, “So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.”
Therefore, salvation is also a future hope that one will be spared from the Divine wrath, 1 Thes 5:8-9; cf. Rom 5:9-10.
1 Thes 5:8-11, “But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 9For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.”
Rom 5:9-11, “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, (Present Tense Salvation), we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him, (Future Tense Salvation). 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, (Past Tense Salvation), we shall be saved by His life, (Future Tense Salvation). 11And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Present Tense Salvation), through whom we have now received the reconciliation, (Present Tense Salvation).”
The eternal life associated with the kingdom of God is simultaneously present in Christ and future with regard to its glorious manifestation, John 3:16; 5:25; 11:25-26; 14:18-20; 17:24-26. The full privileges that belong to God’s adopted children, the inheritance guaranteed by one’s possession of the Holy Spirit, is “reserved in heaven for you,” 1 Peter 1:4-5; cf. Eph 1:13-14.
1 Peter 1:4-5, “To obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
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If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson:
#18-057 & 18-058
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us.
Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now, you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:
“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ,
died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”
If you have done that, I Welcome You to the Eternal Family of God !!!