Episode 8: What is Salvation?
One of the most common questions that is brought to us is this: “Are you saved?” Another closely related question is “Are you born again?” What do we mean by these terms? Are we using them the way the Bible does? A danger is that we attach our own meaning to the terms and use them in way that God does not use in the Bible. When we do this, we run the risk of not only deceiving ourselves but misleading others.
• The most common concept of salvation is only “saved from hell.” This is a very narrow definition that does not include much of what God has in mind.
• Salvation is not just a “decision for Christ” but a process. In the scripture we find that we have been saved, we are being saved, and we shall be saved.
• Jesus is the Author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him (Heb. 5:9)
o Have been saved from death (see Romans 5:12), and past sins
o Are being saved from sin, the effects of sin, and from ourselves
o Will be given a new body and saved from the wrath of God and eternal judgment
We see this outlined for us in 2 Peter 1:1-10
• Partakers of the divine nature through the promises of God
• A process of “adding to our faith”
• An eternal hope “if” we do these things
• The prevalence of an “easy believism” gospel (just accept Jesus as your Savior)
• The danger of a simple intellectual acceptance of Biblical truth
• The danger of an emotional experience that does not leave us in union with Christ
• The danger of depending on membership in a “church organization”
On future programs:
• The importance of repentance
• What it means to “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ”
• Why water baptism.
• Receiving the Holy Spirit