The word salvation is an all-embracing term. It
testifies that God is good. The greatest thing God can do for the sinner is to change his
estate from one of condemnation, being dead in sins, to being in Christ and
conformed to the image of His Son.
God has done something about our sin problem, and
does not want us to perish even though we fully deserve His eternal
condemnation. However, God loves us and wants to give us eternal life.
He took the initiative in our salvation. All of
salvation is the work of God. It is not man made. All that the sinner
can do is receive from the hand of God His free gift.
A number of things in the divine work of salvation
were accomplished in the moment you confessed your sins and placed
your trust in the saving work of Christ Jesus. On the other hand, some
things in our salvation are taking place over a period of time. These
also began in the moment we trust Christ, but they are not completed and
will not be until we stand before God in heaven. Moreover, there is
coming in day in the future when the work is consummated in the presence
Our salvation can be referred to as past, present
and future. We were saved, we are being saved and we shall be saved. We
are justified, are being sanctified and shall be glorified.
Salvation from the Penalty of
The child of God was saved from the guilt and penalty of sin when he
believed on Christ. We often say, I have been saved. I was saved when I
put my faith in the saving work of Christ when I was twelve years old. Have you been saved?
The apostle Paul speaks in the past tense in Ephesians 2:12-13.
Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the
commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and
without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been
brought near by the blood of Christ.
The initial moment of salvation takes place when we believe on Christ
as our Savior. The Philippian jailor brought Paul and Silas out and asked, Sirs,
what must I do to be saved? They said, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will
be saved, you and your household (Acts 16:30-31). The moment he believed, God saved
him. Others in his household were also saved that same night.
Other Scriptures bring out this same experience. For by grace
you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God
(Ephesians 2:8). Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our
works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus
from all eternity (2 Timothy 1:9).
Not only were we saved from the penalty of sin, but God is saving us
at the present time.
Salvation from the Power of
We also can say, I am being saved by Gods grace.
God is saving the believer from sins power now. For sin shall not be master
over you, for you are not under law, but under grace (Romans 6:14). This is the work
of present sanctification by the Holy Spirit in the believer as we grow in our knowledge
of Gods Word. The key to this present salvation is to reckon upon the finished work
of Christ (v. 11).
Jesus prayed for all believers when He said, Sanctify them
through Your truth: Your word is truth (John 17:17).
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are
perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18). We
are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). We are to
carry it out to its ultimate conclusion. Work out what God has worked in. For it is
God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (v. 13).
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the
desire of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Our being saved from the power of sin will not be
complete until we see Jesus face to face.
Something of the splendors of Christ are to be seen only in the
believer today. Something of Him is seen in no other way as they make themselves available
As trophies of Gods grace, the world sees something of the
person of Christ in us. The superabounding grace of God is demonstrated in the follower of
Christ. There the supreme purpose of God is realized through the salvation of sinners by
Salvation from the Presence
The child of God is yet to be saved from the presence of sin into the
presence of God in heaven. We can also say, God will save us when we see Jesus face
Our salvation is much closer now than when we first believed on
Christ (Romans 13:11). We are being kept by the power of God through faith unto
salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5). One of my favorite
passages is 1 John 3:1-2. It is the blessed hope of every believer in Christ. See
how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God;
and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We
know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He
In the following verse we see all of three of these time aspects of
salvation combined. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good
work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6; cf. 1 Cor.
1:30; Eph. 5:25-27).
Throughout eternity we will point to Him as the source of all grace,
and be in ourselves, the exhibit of the exceeding riches of His grace.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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