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What We Believe About Salvation
The word or term salvation is taken from a Greek word which means “deliverance,” “preservation,” and “safety.” Salvation involves the following terms: Regeneration, Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification.
Whenever one sees the word "saved" or "salvation" in the Bible, one or all of these terms may be in discussion. That is why it is important when seeing the words that one stops and asks which term is being used in this current passage.
It should always be stressed that no salvation comes as a result of some good deed man has done, can do, or will do. Nor is it kept by a man focusing on his own holiness or obedience.
Salvation is a free gift that God gives through His grace. All terms and definitions associated with the word "salvation" are part of that free gift; a gift given irrespective of the receiver's response or reaction.
It is a gift in which no part is based on our faithfulness, but all parts are based on the perfect obedience of Christ, which enabled God to impute Christ's righteousness to us.
Because it is a freely given gift, we can rest assured that since God begins the work, He shall finish it and He has promised to do so. So we can rest in full assurance and without a doubt that we can know for sure that we have eternal life.
Regeneration is the initiation of the gift of salvation. This work begins as God draws a man to Himself through the work of the Holy Spirit by using His word. As God takes a man who is not seeking Him, who is dead in their ability to do anything toward God, choosing to serve himself and Satan, and begins to draw that man or woman towards Him.
Through the grace of God in His mercy, He takes such a person and allows the Holy Spirit to initiate the ability through faith for the person to believe in the atoning work of Christ.
Upon such belief, God begins a new work within the person by establishing new capabilities within the individual. As a result, the individual becomes a new person, endowed with new abilities and the Holy Spirit living inside of them.
Justification has to do with being saved from the past and future consequences of sin as it pertains to the judgment and wrath of God for such sins. This occurs simultaneously with regeneration. At this point, our sins are forgiven, entirely and completely.
We are delivered from sin’s penalty. One simple choice leads to a single act of God which results in His imparting Christ’s righteousness to the believer. Because of Christ’s obedience, instead of God holding a failed ability to obey the things the Bible says against man, He no longer holds them against those who have indeed been justified.
It is as though the believer never sinned or was with sin upon this act. Thus, through these new abilities those who once would never consider choosing God are brought to the point of repentance, as they change their minds about their relationship with God.
Consequently, they now are able to accept the gift freely given. Thus, they are enabled now to have a relationship with the Father, as God brings them near to Him.
Sanctification is the ongoing process where we are being delivered from sin’s power. This is the part of salvation that is ongoing currently and where the believer is being saved daily, hourly, minute (and minute by minute) from the effects and consequences of sin. It is the working of the Holy Spirit through the grace of God daily that enables them to make choices that do not give sin power any longer in their day-to-day living.
It is a work of God, initiated and sustained by Him, and is a life-long process through which His people, are transformed from God-hating, sin-loving sinners into God-loving, sin-hating saints. The surest sign that they are indeed Christ's bride is the ever-growing awareness of sin and its power in their lives.
Glorification is the promise upon which all of who have been restored in a relationship with the father that they will indeed join Him in a glorification. That is, the future perfection that will take place when believers inherit their home in Heaven, and live eternally in a new God-given body.
This will be when the work will be finished that God has started and is the completion of the act of being saved. As a result, it remains a complete work of God’s. Our works have no bearing on the completion of this process, nor can we offer them up as any sort of evidence as to the completion, or that we have accepted Christ.
Until such glorification occurs, every believer continues to sin, and as a result, should live a continued life of repentance.
Genesis 3:15; 15:6; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Isaiah 53:1-12; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 6:39,44-66; 10:9,27-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:11,22-25; 4:3; 5:6-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 11:6; 13:11-14; 15:15; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 2:15-21; 3:4-6; 5:17-20; Galatians 2:16-20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:1-7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-23; 2:13; 3:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 2 Peter 1:1-11; 1 John 1:6-2:11; 5:13;Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.