The Hebrew and Greek words for salvation imply the ideas of deliverance, safety, preservation, healing, and soundness. Salvation is the great inclusive word of the Gospel gathering into itself all the redemptive acts and processes:
1. Justification – Declaration of righteousness.
2. Redemption – To buy back by paying a price.
3. Grace – God’s favor to mankind without merit.
4. Propitiation – To actually care for sin and appease God’s wrath
5. Imputation – To reckon or put to the account of. Given or
6. Forgiveness – To absolve from sin and forget.
7. Sanctification – To set apart positionally and progressively in
8. Glorification – To perfectly conform the believer to God’s moral
attributes in the future.
Salvation is in three tenses:
1. The believer has been saved from the guilt and the penalty of sin. Luke 7:50; I Cor. 1:18; II Cor. 2:15; Eph. 2:5,8; II Tim. 1:9.
2. The believer is being saved from the habit and domination of sin. Rom. 6:14; Phil. 1:19; 2:12,13; II Thess. 2:13; Rom. 8:2;
Gal. 2:19,20; II Cor. 3:18.
Salvation is by grace through faith, a free gift, and wholly without works. Rom. 3:27,28; 4:1-8; 6:23; Eph. 2:8. The divine order is first salvation then works. Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:5-8.
This is what the scriptures teach. Those who remain in sin, like Paul once said, were never part of us anyway. THEY WERE NEVER REALLY SAVED. If you aren’t bearing at least some fruit you probably didn’t really put your faith in Christ. Some people simply have an emotional high, whereby they make no real decision!
We have been saved by grace through faith. The apostle Paul emphatically states, “a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.” (Galatians 2:16).
Justification is a legal standing with God based upon Christ’s death and resurrection and our faith in Him. The Greek word Paul uses, Daikyo, comes from Roman legal courts meaning to declare to be righteous or to pronounce righteous. Therefore, justification is the legal and formal acquittal from guilt by God who is the judge. It is the pronouncement of the sinner, who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, as righteous.
Rev. Dr. M. Hamilton Stevens