The Riches of Salvation
The Scriptures tell us that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21). When people are born again, they pass from death to life (John 5:24) and are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). So what exactly does that mean? What is all part of God’s gift of salvation that comes by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? While dozens of things can be included (see for instance the Sonlife booklet, 33 Things That Happen at the Moment of Salvation), I want to focus on three passages.
1) In Romans 5, believers are justified, have peace with God, saved from wrath, and are reconciled:
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God . . . 9 Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!
To justify, means to be declared righteous. We who had no righteousness now have the righteousness of Christ credited to our spiritual bank account. Or to put it another way, the guilty have been declared not guilty. Where previously we were enemies of God and separated from Him, we are joined to our Lord in an eternal relationship.
2) In Romans 8, those who are in Christ no longer face condemnation, have been freed from the law of sin and death, are now God’s children, and find themselves as divine heirs:
1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death . . . 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.
Imagine this scene: A person sitting in jail, feeling hopeless, because he has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in that forsaken place. Suddenly he turns and sees the warden unlocking the cell door. “Come with me,” he says and you quizzically follow after him. You are led into his office where you notice a man standing. The warden says, “This person has satisfied the judicial sentence you were convicted of . . . you are free to go.” Wow! Unbelievable! Yet that is one of the things Jesus accomplished for us through His work on the cross. More than that, the Holy Spirit took up residence in our lives, we were put into God’s family and made His heir!
3) Finally, we see in Ephesians 2 that Christians are alive in Christ and find themselves already seated with their Savior in heaven:
4 But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
From our view of time, believers find themselves as pilgrims on this planet, in a spiritual journey, with anticipation of our heavenly home. From God’s view of time (who is not bound by but acts in time), He sees us as NOW having been raised and seated with Christ – our final salvation is that sure in the mind of God!
As you and I regularly remind ourselves of these truths about the riches of our salvation, may that give us encouragement, joy, determination, and hope! Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
by Tim Bruns, Pastor of Adult and Care Ministries
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