WHAT IS BEING SAVED? WHAT IS SALVATION?
(THE SOJOURN TO PEACE & PARADISE)
PART 2: THE DEFINITIVE QUALITIES OF SALVATION: THE NEW TESAMENT
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: I heard a man recently that often bashes a wide segment of the population including Christians note the following: “I am tired of all of these White people that say they are Christians but practice racism.”
This reminds us of all the Black people that also claim to be Christians that commit Black on Black discrimination especially those of our immediate family.
But there is a simple explanation for both (Black and White racism) and it is tied in with the discussion on salvation. All of these people Black, White and any other color or race that act in a way that contradicts the love noted by Jesus Christ our Savior are not real Christians. Real Christians have a heart of repentance and forgiveness. Many people therefore believe in a false doctrine of “Once Saved Always Saved,” and follow not the Bible but man. Simply no one is a follower of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior that does not believe in the Bible and walk in faith. No one is perfect but One, but many that “Play Church,” merely look upon the Truth in jest but God is not a joke He is real.
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.
In the New Testament the transition and developing definitive qualities of the word or idea of salvation continues. We eventually see a direct relationship of being saved from sin meaning salvation and or eternal life in Heaven. But the proponents of “Once Saved Always Saved,” are still confused. They seem to realize that Jesus died for the sins of all people. But somehow they equate “Once Saved Always Saved,” with guaranteed eternal life for those that claim to accept Christ.
We note the word claim here in that merely verbalizing that you accept Christ is only a part or a segment of the Faith walk. Love is an action word. You cannot just say you love the Lord, you must act on it. How do you show or act in love with the Lord?
So as we look further at the definitive qualities of salvation in the New Testament we begin with the Gospels and Jesus Christ our Lord.
With the development of the Messianic age the time Christ walked the earth the word salvation comes to be used in the technical theological sense of the deliverance, especially from sin, to be brought in with the Messianic age.
For example in the teachings of Jesus, salvation is often used to denote deliverance from trouble, like illness. For a scriptural reference see Matthew 9: 22 “But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, He said, Daughter, be of good comfort, thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.”
Clearly the word faith is important along the road to salvation. However faith does not come automatically. Therefore there must be some action, movement, desire are a heart fixation on the part of the person being saved. Is saved/salvation an on-going process.
“FreedomJournal is one’s conversion on-going?”
“Tell us if there is a direct and distinct relationship between the on-going conversion process and the faith walk to salvation/ Peace and Paradise?”
Therefore can we conclude that salvation means deliverance from sin through entrance upon a new divine life? But how do you get there? Can you talk your way to salvation? Does salvation really mean that you have a heart of God as did David?
“I once saw a man who saw another man and a woman. Both the man and the woman seemed to be committed to the Lord by their actions working hard in the Church. But outside the Church when this task was completed they showed no love for their fellowman. Many however believed they were saved. Saved from what? John though could not see their hearts but he saw their actions, he still had doubts. But he knew the Word said God the Creator sees all the heart and the liver the mind and the soul the rain and the snow and the sunshine.”
So as the New Testament unfolds we see vividly the contribution to the understanding of salvation in its witness to Jesus, the Christ (Messiah), the Savior of the world. (For a scriptural reference see John 4: 42; where Christ witnesses to the Samaritans. Also see Luke 2: 11 at verses 8-14 the angels announce Jesus to the shepherds).
As the Gospel of Matthew begins we see that Jesus was born to save his people from their sin:
Matthew 1: 21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
It is Jesus, and Jesus alone, who is the agent of God’s salvation: Acts 4: 12 “Neither is the salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Just as the Old Testament had specific references to salvation especially related to the Jews the New Testament also has certain references for this word. For example salvation in the New Covenant times speaks of salvation as deliverance from physical danger such as sickness, deformity, demon possession, death, or the “evil one,” as well as deliverance from sin. But the deliverance from sin is where we begin and end. Beloved we remind you that the deliverance from sin does not mean you are saved from all responsibility and you have a FREE RIDE.
Salvation was still in transition as Jesus walked the earth. Is it still in transition as we walk the earth? What has changed? We know now of the future aspects of salvation. They have been realized in the birth, death and resurrection of Christ.
Meanwhile to the Pharisees of His day salvation was a reward given to the man who perfectly lived up to the requirements of the law; but Jesus says that He came to seek the lost (Luke 19: 10) and that salvation is through faith in Him, the incarnate son of God (John 3: 16). So faith renders salvation but once more than once faith does not come by simply crying out you love the Lord and your heart is registered in Pride and contempt for knowledge. Throughout the age of the Apostles we see that the central theme is salvation brought by Jesus. But no where do we see that you are guaranteed salvation. You are guaranteed being saved from sin however salvation is the transition of the word saved to mean eternal life. This where the “Once Saved Always Saved,” people are confused. But they cannot explain how they arrived at the erroneous notion of guaranteed salvation as they claim to be saved to eternal life in some mysterious way.
As the confusion over Salvation continues we do see that it includes a concern for the earthly needs of people. This is evidenced by the miracles of Jesus as well as the teachings noted at James and I John, but its major focus is more spiritual in nature. What is the spiritual nature of salvation?
Salvation means entry into the kingdom of God, or the kingdom of heaven, Jesus was interested in giving abundant life to the whole person (John 10: 10). Life in the kingdom is life within the reign of God, which is actually present and yet remains future in its complete realization (Romans 8: 1, 9).
This present reality of salvation is the anticipated experience of the believer of eternal life in the presence of God by means of faith in Jesus Christ, the crucified and resurrected Lord.
Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 28 April 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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