What is Salvation, or being Saved?



"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

What is Salvation, or being Saved?

The word salvation, or the question "Are you saved" is common among Christians. What do we mean by that? Christians mean that they are saved from the eternal punishment in hell. If they escape from hell, the next option to go is to heaven. So, it is not only the escape from the punishment, but also it will be a reward to enter heaven, which is the dwelling place of God. But, it is not exactly true according to the Bible. It says that salvation is from 'Sin', and if a person is saved from 'Sin', then he/she escapes the punishment that is hell. Christians have many techniques or methods for salvation or to be saved from sins. Examples of the methods are believe, repent, confess, have faith, the blood, etc,. Another method is to ask forgiveness for the sins, and when God forgives, he will forgive the past, present, and future sins, so that we can sin all we want and go to heaven. But such methods are short cuts of the preachers and ignorant Christians. So, these will not work with the all wise omniscient God. God gives two things for the salvation, or people to be saved. 1). Grace, which is the power of God. 2). Jesus Christ shed blood to become the author of salvation and to forgive the past sins of those who have overcome their sins. Hebrews 5 says, "7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" The sinner has to receive grace, which is the power of God, and overcome their sinning. And then, Jesus Christ will forgive their past sins. This is the salvation, or the method to be saved, according to the Bible. But preachers twist the word of God, and preach many different ways for salvation. You may look at another link: "Escape Hell".

1. How Jesus Christ saves us from our Sins?

Matthew 1:21 says, "... call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." That is, Jesus Christ will save his people from their sins. So, his people are those who have overcome their sins with the grace of Jesus Christ. "1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." Jesus Christ came to the world to save his people from sinning, and sinning is the work of the devil. "Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." So, we must fear God so that we may obey him. "Philippians 2:12 as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." This salvation is to nib in the bud, that is to escape our very act of sinning. Romans 3:25 says forgiving past sins, "God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" And Jesus Christ will forgive their past sins, which will make their salvation complete. Now, they are saved. It is an escape from the eternal damnation in hell. God gives this salvation as reward for our obedience of overcoming sins by the grace of God. "Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." So, it is the reward for overcoming sins. So now, Jesus has saved us.

2. Saved by Conversion, Grace, Resurrected Christ, Crucified Jesus, and by Abiding

"Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;" This verse refers to the status of a believer as dead, and God makes him alive. Verses 2 and 3 explains how they stopped every one of their sins. 4 and 5 says that God has done it. So, it is the combined work of God and the sinner. God gives grace and man strive. Man repents with fruits, God forgives. Details in link: "Saved".

Christians are taught that we are saved while we are yet committing sin. Jesus Christ says, "John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." But, if we stop serving sin and start obeying the doctrine of God then we will be delivered from the bondage of sin. Please refer to the link: "Grace".

The resurrected Jesus Christ is the begotten Son in John 3:16 and the man Jesus of Nazareth is the beloved Son who was crucified in John 3:14. The begotten Son is here now in the omni-power Spirit, saving us from our sins."Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." Most bible teachers do not know this and make many mistakes in their bible studies. You may study it in details from this link. The link to click is: 'Begotten Son'.

If you obey this Jesus Christ (but not the preachers), you will be turned away from your sins, that is, you will not sin anymore. So, God will forgive your past sins (Rom 3:24-26), since your past sins were in the time God was enduring, because you either had no knowledge or had the grace and power. You may study the details in this link. Link is: 'Forgiven'.

Christians show their love toward Jesus Christ through their songs, music, testimonies, clichés, offerings, etc. But Jesus told them to obey him, if they love him. "John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:..." We will be saved from our sinning by the abiding of God in us. Please check this link: "Abide in Christ". 

3. Preacher's Condition for Salvation

God desires to save us. "1 Timothy 2:3 … God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." So, we have to trust him that he will save us. "Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith …" Some preachers make use of these two verses, they add the unconditional love of God to it, and with this condition, the work of salvation is complete as far as they are concerned. But, it is ridiculous and there are so many preachers like this. False preachers pick up so many ways of salvation. As we have mentioned in the beginning, grace that overcomes sin and God forgives the past sins of that persons are the two conditions.

4. Purpose for Salvation

God, who created all things, lives in a glorious place called heaven.  God created people in order to beget Children for himself. God created Adam and Eve and the whole world of people through them. He gives commandments to the people, chooses the obedient, grants them the Spirit and power to become holy and perfect, purifies them to the point that they are without spot or wrinkle. He will raise the holy people with the same glory of Jesus Christ and declare them as sons of God. They will live with him as his children in heaven. Thus God begets children for himself. These men and women will live eternally with the status of God as joint heirs with Jesus Christ. "James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth ... Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; ... Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." (For detailed study you may click on the following topic: "God Begot Jesus as Son", "Become begotten sons").

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