Seven important points on salvation in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
1. Salvation is NOT an instant one-time past event or a ″done-deal.″
2. Salvation as a whole – is a process, a journey, a race or a course. In other words, it has a beginning, middle, and end – some like to refer to it as past, present, future.
3. THE GOAL of salvation is THE END! Since, salvation is from the impending danger of condemnation on the day of judgment, salvation cannot be realized or actual UNTIL the day of judgment actually happens – thus making salvation a future event and not secure UNTIL that day!
4. The beginning of our salvation journey (i.e. water baptism) does NOT secure or guarantee our future salvation (i.e. the goal – to obtain salvation at the end of our faith) – we can fall away and not finish the course after we start.
5. Thus salvation is NOT a present possession, but rather a PROMISE, and therefore, salvation is our future HOPE.
6. The word salvation can be interchangeable (synonymous) with terms such as inheritance, entering the kingdom, immortality, and eternal life.
7. Salvation is CONDITIONAL – Salvation is always provided by a Savior, and presupposes the helplessness and hopelessness of the one saved. Therefore, salvation is initiated and provided by God, but man must respond and meet the conditions that God gives for his salvation – thus man has a part or role to play in his salvation or else there is no salvation!
The word salvation itself simply means: TO BE DELIVERED OR RESCUED FROM SOME IMPENDING DANGER. In other words, it means to be delivered or rescued from something that is UNDESIRABLE or UNPLEASANT.
Also, something very important about the definition of salvation – not only is a person saved FROM something that is dangerous and unpleasant (a negative situation) – but they are saved TO something that is a blessing (a positive situation)!
Matthew 8:24–25 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, SAVE US! WE ARE PERISHING!”
Acts 27:20, 31 Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us [″a violent storm continued to batter us″, NET], all hope that we would BE SAVED was finally given up. 31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot BE SAVED.”
Psalm 56:13 (NKJV) For You have DELIVERED my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, That I may walk before God In the light of the living?
Psalm 56:13 (NJB) for you have SAVED my life from death to walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.
Matthew 14:30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, SAVE me!”
Matthew 9:20–22 (NKJ) And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. 21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be MADE WELL.” 22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith HAS MADE YOU WELL.” And the woman WAS MADE WELL from that hour.
Matthew 9:20–22 (YLT) and lo, a woman having AN ISSUE OF BLOOD twelve years, having come to him behind, did touch the fringe of his garments, 21 for she said within herself, ‘If only I may touch his garment, I SHALL BE SAVED.’ 22 And Jesus having turned about, and having seen her, said, ‘Be of good courage, daughter, thy faith HATH SAVED thee,’ and the woman WAS SAVED from that hour.
Acts 27:34 (KJV) Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your HEALTH [salvation]: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
Mark 5:22–23 (NKJV) And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she MAY BE HEALED, and she will live.”
Mark 5:22–23 (NJB) ″... Do come and lay your hands on her that she MAY BE SAVED and may live.’″
Mark 6:56 (KJV) And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid THE SICK in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as MANY as touched him WERE MADE WHOLE.
Mark 6:56 (NJB) ″...And ALL THOSE who touched him WERE SAVED.″
Luke 8:36 (KJV) They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils WAS HEALED.
Luke 8:36 (EMPH) And they who had seen it reported unto them how the demonized man WAS SAVED.
Jude 5 (NKJV) But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having SAVED the people OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
Philippians 1:19 (KJV) For I know that this shall turn to MY SALVATION through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Philippians 1:19 (NLT) For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will LEAD TO MY DELIVERANCE.
Philippians 1:19 (HCSB) because I know this will LEAD TO MY DELIVERANCE through your prayers and help from the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 11:7 (NASB)By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the SALVATION of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
Matthew 1:21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for HE WILL SAVE His people FROM THEIR SINS.”
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world TO SAVE SINNERS, of whom I am chief.
Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is THE SECOND DEATH.
1 Thessalonians 1:10 (CEV) They also tell how you are waiting for his Son Jesus to come from heaven. God raised him from death, and on the day of judgment Jesus will SAVE us from God’s anger.
1 Thessalonians 1:10 (NKJV) and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who DELIVERS us from the wrath to come.
Luke 12:4–5 And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
James 4:12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able TO SAVE and TO DESTROY. Who are you to judge another?
John 3:14–17 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes [present active participle] in Him should not PERISH but HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes [present active participle] in Him SHOULD NOT PERISH but HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him MIGHT BE SAVED.
Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we [Christians] neglect SO GREAT SALVATION; which at the first began to be SPOKEN BY THE LORD, and was confirmed unto us by them [his apostles] that heard him; 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection THE WORLD TO COME, whereof we speak.
Luke 18:29–30 (ASV) ″...Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or wife, or brethren, or parents, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, 30 who shall not receive manifold more in this time, and IN THE WORLD TO COME ETERNAL LIFE.
1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.
Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who WILL INHERIT SALVATION?
1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, INHERIT THE KINGDOM prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
James 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to INHERIT THE KINGDOM HE PROMISED those who love him?
Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE.
Ephesians 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, THE GOSPEL OF YOUR SALVATION; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God TO SALVATION for everyone who believes [present tense], for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Hebrews 5:9 And having been perfected, He became the author of ETERNAL SALVATION to all who obey Him