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Have You Been Saved?

by: Fr. George, Ireland

Salvation is probably the most general term used in the Bible for the great gift which men receive by believing in Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16). "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved - you and your family". This was the instant answer of Saints Paul and Silas to the question - "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"- of the jailor in Philippi. (Acts 16:16-31). Through the epistle to Romans, St Paul further says "If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved".(10:9). Believing is not merely a mental gymnastics but a real living with God in good thoughts, words and deeds. St James says 'Faith without deeds is futile. (James 2:14-26).

We find that the verb 'to save' or 'to be saved' is used in all three tenses. Christians are people who have been saved: the time when they first put their trust in Jesus Christ marks the beginning of their experience of Salvation (Ephesians 2:5, 8). They are people who daily are being saved as they continually experience more and more of the love of Christ and increase in faith and knowledge (2 Corinthians 2:15; cf. Ephesians 3:14ff). But their salvation is not yet fully given to them, so that the Bible can speak of it as a future gift: they will be saved in the day of God's final triumph (2 Timothy 4:18); and thus they now live in hope of that future salvation (Romans 8:24)

These three tenses of salvation are put alongside each other in 1 Peter 1:3-5, and the explanation of them is that Christians believe in One who is able to save 'to the uttermost' (Hebrews 7:25, literally for all time) those who come to God by Him. His name 'Jesus' means 'Savior' (Mathew 1:21). Such salvation is both negative and positive. It is a salvation from Sin and the wrath of God (1 Timothy 1:15, Romans 5:9), and it brings us into knowledge of God (I Timothy 2:4). Finally, it is from first to last given to us by God's gracious act in Jesus Christ (Acts 15:11) and received by faith in Him (Romans 10:5-17).

Therefore, Christian Salvation is the net result of God's love and grace, one's faith, hope, and love coupled with action.

Let us strive to attain this salvation. May God the compassionate bestow us with this salvation. All the best!

See Also:

Gospel is about The Kingdom of God
'The Kingdom of God' This is the primary and predominant theme in the Gospel. It was to make a fallen creation aware of this, that the Lord became incarnate.

Look to Jesus
If we are crucified with Christ in the flesh, then we will live in Christ. Our eyes will be lifted unto the Lord Jesus Christ as our example. We will see how He went before us, and we can follow in His footsteps and live by His faith. When we see His example, our faith is fixed upon the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Everything is Possible with God
Miracles happen to individuals who have sanctified their hearts through repentance and forgiveness and have surrendered completely to the will of God. Wherever people assemble and pray in the name of God with unity and purity of heart, miracles are happening.

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