WHAT IS BEING SAVED? WHAT IS SALVATION
(THE SOJOURN TO PEACE & PARADISE)
PART 3: THE DEATH & RESURRECTION OF CHRIST & SALVATION
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Beloved as we liveth daily, yesterday, today and looking toward tomorrow we see many that are counted that deny Christ and the Resurrection. Who are these people? The lost sinner knew not Christ or God as he heard of such things but he had not been under the Word. However those that sit among many pews and under elaborate Church roof tops heard the Prophets and felt nothing in their hearts. In most cases as a priority they carried a worn earthly pocketbook and basked in pride.
Jesus got up from the grave to remove the need to atone for sins daily thus no part of that ritual (Tithing, Sacrificial Offerings) is still valid. Do you deny Christ and the Resurrection when you still call out a Priesthood that is no longer in existence? Jesus got up from the grave to set the precedent for the call from the grave for the good and the bad. The precedent Jesus established regarding the Resurrection contradicts the burning of the dead at death. The Bible renders precedents throughout, Genesis to Revelation for burial of the dead. Nowhere in the Bible does God give anyone permission to burn the body of anyone at their death. What do you think happens to an unrepentant Spirit when the body is burned at death and one’s bones are ground to dust? Is the physical act of getting up from the grave the grand importance of the Resurrection? Where does the ashes and dust from bones that cannot be burned go? What is the major reason why He came as sent by God the Father? Can you receive salvation and also deny Christ? Is Christ the way to salvation and eternal life? How do we know this?
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 the Bible teaches us that we can receive salvation through Christ. For example we begin with Jesus dying for our sins. Meaning that we will not be burden with sin as a result of the sins of Adam and Eve in the Garden. We are also removed from the need to atone for sin daily noted in the Old Law for the Jews. This Old Testament (Old Covenant) ritual of sacrificial offerings and Tithes to the Levitical Priesthood ended as noted in the Old Testament Prophecy of the coming of Christ.
So salvation is represented primarily as deliverance from sin. Your deliverance from sin paves the way to Peace and Paradise and eternal life. Thus all that liveth are given the opportunity to be saved in the sense of the chance to reach Heaven.
“There was once a man who was given the opportunity to attend college via a scholarship. However he failed to enroll. One other man enrolled and failed to complete his classes. Meanwhile another man accepted his opportunity and did what was necessary to finish his course of instruction. He also passed by those that were lost. He was also saved in that he accepted the opportunity to receive Peace and Paradise and eternal life. But if he had never sincerely accepted Christ in his heart he also would only be left to say I was delivered from sin but that meant nothing if I had no faith. Because the ultimate goal of those freed from sin is to see Jesus. You cannot see Jesus leaning and depending on man.”
As the New Testament continues to show the transition of salvation it reveals the suffering and death of Christ as mediating salvation (see Ephesians 2: 13-18). At the 6th Division of Romans we see that the salvation of Christ is not only deliverance from future punishment, but also from sin as a present power.
Through union with Christ, the believer has died to sin: Romans 6: 2 “God forbid, How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
The flesh has been crucified of our corrupt human nature: See Galatians 5: 24.
In Christ you also become a new creature: II Corinthians 5: 17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
The reception of the deliverance is made possible by faith, which involved not mere mental assent to certain doctrinal propositions, but repentance and whole-hearted commitment to Christ as Savior and Lord: Romans 3: 28 “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”
Here at Romans 3 Paul teaches about the description of righteousness at verses 21-31. We could all go home if all that read these humble words realize what the Word teaches here. One is only delivered (from sin to eternal life) by faith. You also cannot just say you are saved and follow certain laws. Repentance and the willful desire and total commitment to Christ are necessary. So how, just how can one be “Once saved always saved?”
For another scripture that reflects the previous statements see Ephesians 2: 8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God:”
So you cannot save yourself. Faith is not counted up like money. You cannot see faith with the eyes of the world. Faith is seen in the eyes of the righteous.
On the divine side the ultimate cause of salvation is the divine mercy. It is entirely undeserved, and is by God’s grace alone. So far as the possibility to receive it is concerned, salvation is available to all men (John 3: 16); I Timothy 4: 10). But will all accept the responsibility of being saved to eternal life?
Is the communal nature of salvation noted at Ephesians 5: 25-27 the reason so many people believe in the false doctrine regarding “Once Saved Always Saved?” The Church, not just individuals, was the object of Christ’s saving love as demonstrated on the cross. How can one teach the false doctrine about being saved and guaranteed eternal life and not deny the resurrection?
The New Testament like the Old Testament, bears witness to the ultimately eschatological (the doctrines of the final or last things as death, the judgment, heaven and hell. The branch of theology that deal with these doctrines) nature of salvation. So if there is a clear reference to salvation and heaven and hell how does one come away with the notion that all people will go to heaven that claim to be Christians?
Why is Salvation yet to be realized completely in the life of believers? Will this come to pass at the “Last and Final Day?” Jesus speaks of an end to history and the coming of the Son of Man, the final saving act of God (Mark 13: 27).
But even Jesus does not claim to know when this day of the Lord will come. It is the book of Revelation that gives the greatest expression to the concept that the final salvation of God will be revealed on a stage beyond history, beyond time, and beyond this earth (Revelation 21-22). So now we can see clearly that salvation is not only the deliverance from sin but the glory of eternal life.
That day will be one in which God's salvation will be available to the entire world (Matthew 28: 19-20; Ephesians 1: 9-10; Philippians 2: 9-11; Colossians 1: 20). But one has to accept the Truth of God to receive the ultimate blessings of salvation. What is the ultimate blessing?
This universal and grand scope of God’s love was not unknown in the Old Testament (Genesis 12: 3; Isaiah 19: 24-25; Ezekiel 29: 9). Nevertheless, it is the New Testament which gives salvation its widest scope, its greatest motivation, and its unique meaning (John 3: 16). However we must look not to just the literal meaning of scripture as there is also an underlying principle noted in the fact that God gave his only begotten son so that you may have eternal life but you must be motivated to take charge. Thus the principle of “Free Will.” Rest assured beloved God could will that all be saved but this would forfeit the principle of “Free Will” and the mission of the saints in our sweet walk of Faith.
Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 12 May 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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