Salvation is the goal of every believer, or should be. Many believers think that salvation is a one time occurance that happens when you "believe that Jesus died for your sins." Others believe in multiple salvations; one you get in the beginning and another you get at the end (maybe). When studying the bible in recent years I have asked the Lord to deliver me from imposing my understanding, interpretations, and such like from my reading. I have prayed to see the scripture and believe what it says. So this is my attempt to provide a study of the word salvation as it appears in scripture.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. (Mat 10:22)
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Mat 24:13)
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Mar 13:13)
In the previous verses we see that "being saved" is something that occurs at the "end." And those that receive it have already undergone a transformation. The transformation that has occured is they have been born again. You will note that the persons to whom this statement was given are those who already have life.
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Luk_1:77
Take note that the knowledge of salvation is given upon ones sins being remitted. Salvation is not the cause of the remission but something that can be had after sins have been remitted.
The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. Act 16:17
You will see that in this verse (although the agent was possesed with a devil) this person declares that there is a "way" of salvation. It is my belief that obtaining salvation at the end is through a process.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Eph 2:8)
The process of being saved is the gift that is refered to in Eph 2:8. To show that it (salvation) is a process we see words that denote "movement" or "direction." Prepositional phrases "by grace" and "through faith" are added to give clarity to the verse. This is why other bible versions say "being saved" in the passage. Salvation (including the process to obtain it) is "the gift of God." And one must endure to the end to obtain it.
In Gill's exposition on the bible we find:
“Salvation is through faith, not as a cause or condition of salvation, or as what adds anything to the blessing itself; but it is the way, or means, or instrument, which God has appointed, for the receiving and enjoying it, that so it might appear to be all of grace; and this faith is not the produce of man's free will and power, but it is the free gift of God; and therefore salvation through it is consistent with salvation by grace; since that itself is of grace, lies entirely in receiving grace and gives all the glory to the grace of God: the sense of this last clause may be, that salvation is not of ourselves; it is not of our desiring nor of our deserving, nor of our performing, but is of the free grace of God: though faith is elsewhere represented as the gift of God, Joh_6:65...”
Please consider the following verses with regard to salvation being a point reached in the end.
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. Heb 10:36 - 39
You will note that salvation in the above verse comes "after ye have done the will of God."
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Rom 1:16
Salvation is made available for everyone that believes.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom 10:10
Confession puts you that much closer to salvation. This confession is daily, both in word and deed.
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2Ti 3:15
Salvation comes through faith. Faith is the entry door and the path of salvation.
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; Heb 2:3
The great salvation can be neglected by believers that do not believe.
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Heb 9:28
When Christ comes he is bringing salvation for those that look for Him.
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1Pe 1:5
Salvation will be revealed in the last time (when Jesus returns).
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. (1Pe 1:9)
Salvation is obtained when we have reached the end of our faith.
Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Joh 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Joh 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
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