WHAT IS BEING SAVED? WHAT IS SALVATION?
(THE SOJOURN TO PEACE & PARADISE)
PART 1: INTRODUCTION
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Beloved we are grateful for the mood and sentiment of the Holy Spirit. We also come testifying that we are glad, happy and filled with Joy in the fact that we move by free-will.
“One man wanted life everlasting so he walked, talked and wrote of his sweet responsibility confined and enclosed in faith.
Meanwhile another man who was lost although he believed he was chosen repented not. What had he done to repent for? His faith was measured up in works and material gifts. His father was a man of the cloth and his mother was a mother of the church. He believed in his inherited righteousness and felt his wings each time he lifted up self.”
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway. We also come with no material motive or gain or profit from rendering the Truth of God. Those called to great service are given the greatest prosperity that exists by God and not man.
Beloved we have known for some time that some people that note themselves as believers dwell and believe in a false doctrine that renders a clearly illogical conclusion. That false assumption is “Once Saved Always Saved.” This simply means that all of the principles toward righteous living are mute and of no importance because everyone will enter Heaven regardless.
Therefore this series of articles is our rendition once more than once of what the Bible teaches about this subject. But first of all we must define our two primary words or terms noted in this discussion.
The primary definition of the word saved in the secular world notes the following: save, saved, saving… to make safe from harm, danger, loss etc. to rescue: to save a drowning man.
Now follow us as we look at the classic definitive qualities of the word salvation taken from the secular world. Salvation: a saving or being saved; preservation from destruction, ruin, loss, or calamity. A second definition notes: a saving of the soul; deliverance from sin and from punishment of sin. Now look at a third definition: A person or thing that saves: Christians believe that Christ is the salvation of the world...Sleep is the salvation of the nervous system.
Why is the idea of being saved so clouded in confusion? For the record the words save and salvation in the Bible mean the same thing. Therefore being saved is the ability to receive salvation. Basically we see that salvation and or saved means being saved from sin. Who saved us from sin? Are all people saved from sin?
Meanwhile in the Bible this word (salvation) makes a transition from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Thus the word develops as we go through the Bible. We also note that salvation has multiple meanings in scripture. But our main emphasis is being saved to eternal life. Therefore when we say saved or the receipt of salvation we are saying one will be rendered eternal life.
Do all those that believe in God have a belief system stipulated by man or God? We (believers) must know that our sojourn to Heaven is one of faith. With faith come works and deeds of love and compassion to all of the human family. When you love God you love self and your neighbors. However, the free gift of salvation here meaning Heaven is not granted to all people regardless of their faith or lack of. God will not offer a free ride to those that don’t have faith regardless of their actions.
We also make a note of the love of your neighbors that do not speak to you and are hostile. Although you cannot make them greet you, you are still commanded to love them and also love your enemies. Love is not the same as the word “like.” Do you “like” someone when you don’t hate their sin? Can you love someone and not know God? Jesus loves all of the human family but He hates sin and so does God. So to set the stage for our Biblical discussion we will involve the first discussions of this series in an introductory phase that discusses the on-going use of the word salvation in the Bible and what it means.
As we first look to the Old Testament we see that Salvation is the theme of much of the Bible. In the life of the Hebrew people, God is the one who delivers them from oppression, trouble, or destruction. We also see that this conviction is expressed through a variety of terms other than the word salvation.
We further note along the same line of reasoning that in the Bible the word salvation is not necessarily a technical theological term. Salvation thus, simply denotes deliverance from almost any kind of evil. This evil can be material or spiritual. The root idea in salvation is deliverance from some danger or evil.
At first and as salvation pertained to the Jews the conception of salvation was primarily national, but gradually the prophetic horizon broadens and salvation is seen to include Gentiles as well as Jews. For example see Isaiah 49 and verses 1-7 where we see the Prophet revealing scripture on the future Redeemer: The Messiah’s mission. God’s servant will be the Light, the primary scripture here is verses 5 and 6. Also see Isaiah 55; The Messiah’s Invitation to the world primarily verses 1-5.
As the transition continues Salvation is not necessarily for the nation as a whole, but for the righteous remnant. Is the remnant identified by just what we just mentioned righteousness? Does this mean the remnant that is righteous move by faith? Meanwhile salvation includes, moreover, deliverance from sin itself as well as from the various evils which are the consequence of sin. For example at Psalms 51 we see a Psalms from our brother David during the time that Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone into Bathsheba involving “Confession and Forgiveness of Sin.” At Jeremiah 31 Israel and Judah are restored. The bracket of scriptures 22-40 note the restoration of Judah see verses 31-34. There is a judgment on the nations at Ezekiel 36. Israel returns to the land as noted in verses 8-38 see verses 25-29 for another scriptural reference on salvation for the individual and not the nation as a whole that involves the remnant.
Many Bible scholars that read and study scripture as they move from the Old Testament to the New report a faith claim of the Old Testament. This claim to faith is that Israel has already experienced and still anticipates the promised salvation of God within the arena of history. What does this mean? The most outstanding example of Israel’s salvation is the Exodus event, God’s deliverance of his people from slavery in Egypt. The Jews also experienced periods of captivity. Therefore Salvation is expressed not only in the release from captivity, but also the forgiveness of sin (for a good scripture reference on this point see Psalms 85).
What is the future element in salvation? Is this the hallmark of salvation as we look to the time of Christ and the New Testament? Are all blessed in the deliverance from sin? Again we note that the Old Testament gives evidence of a shift in emphasis from the collective nature of salvation to the salvation of the individual which is then maintained in the New Testament.
In both the prophetic literature and the emerging apocalyptic literature, God’s salvation was increasingly projected into the future. So salvation takes on the primary meaning that interest us most. That meaning is that salvation means the entrance to Heaven in the future.
From the giving of the promise to the patriarchs in Genesis there has always been a future element in the nature of salvation. While previous prophets had seen God’s salvation as a future event within history( see Hosea 2) the Biblical writings after the Restoration move toward apocalyptic imagery until finally salvation will be fully expressed in the arena of eternity after the resurrection of the dead ( see Daniel 12: The Prophecy of the last days).
Also see Isaiah 26: 19 “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.”
Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 13 April 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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