Romans 10:13 – For whoever calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved.
Sozo is a Greek word, but this is our English spelling, and it means: To save, to keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction; to save a suffering one from perishing, to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to deliver from the penalties of the judgment; to make one whole, spirit, soul, and body.
Salvation Is Eternal
Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 1 John 2:25 – And this is the promise that He has promised us – eternal life. 1 John 5:13 – These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.
Since God is eternal, salvation is eternal. However, when we think of the eternal, most only tend to think of the future. God existed before time. He has always existed and will always exist. “I am that I am!”
Revelation 1:4 – John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, (Verse 8) “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
That phrase is in Revelation five times and makes it very clear that Jesus was, is, and is to come. That phrase is also repeated by the angels and the elders.
Revelation 4:8 – And the four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the Author of eternal salvation. There is a past, present, and future tense of salvation. Who was, who is, and who is to come. According to the Bible, we have been saved; we are being saved; and we will be saved.
We have been saved from the penalty of sin; we are being saved from the power of sin; and we will be saved from the presence of sin. We have been saved in our spirit; we are being saved in our soul, a work in progress; and our body will be saved one day.
If people don’t understand that they “have been” saved, then they will have an incorrect view that they “are being” and “will be” saved. We have to understand what the Bible says about salvation in the past tense. But when we understand that, “we have been” saved, we will have “peace” in the present and faith for the future!
When people fail to understand that they “have been saved,” they will have pressure from all kinds of things in the present, and will have fear for their future instead of faith.
Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be “Saved!” Justified, sanctified, accepted in the beloved, redeemed and forgiven – all past tense. Salvation is not a goal to be achieved. It is a gift to be received. All through Scripture, it is described as a gift. If we just believed the “past” part of salvation, it takes care of the present and future.
Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who “has” blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Verse 4) just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy without blame before Him in love, (Verse 5) having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, (Verse 6) to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.
When we “believed” and “trusted,” we received, past tense. Ephesians 1:11 – in whom also we “have” obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, (Verse 12) that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. (Verse 13) In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
That is “Amazing Salvation.” We were, not going to be, but “were” sealed with the Holy Spirit. (Verse 14) who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
We were bought with a price, and purchased. We are owned by God. How could God ever lose something that He owns? He can’t.
Salvation is amazing; we were washed in the blood of Jesus when we believed; we were justified, right standing with God; and we were sanctified because of Jesus righteousness. We are not “going” to be sanctified, we are sanctified. 1 Corinthians 6:11 – and such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. All past tense when we were saved.
If a person is saved, then there ought to be joy in their life because the present and the future is not going to be lived on their own. We have a mighty Shepherd that watches over us and leads us and promised to never leave us. So why aren’t more Christians joyful in their present life?
Luke 15:4 – “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? (Verse 5) “And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. (Verse 6) “And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ (Verse 7) “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”
So, what do we do when we find something that we have lost? Rejoice! God rejoices with all of heaven when we accept His Son. We were born with looking for favor with God. The first thing we do when we are looking for something and find it, we stop looking for it. We don’t keep looking after we find it!
Do you ever wonder why some people do not rejoice in the time of worship during a service? Either they feel they are unworthy to praise or they are still looking for favor with God. They don’t understand that when they believed, they found what they had been looking for. They need to stop looking for it. However, some only believed in their mind, but not their heart, so they are still looking. They never “trusted.” The sad part is they think they are saved but have never followed through with submission and trust or repentance, for that matter. Some won’t repent, turn away from sin, but if they do, then there will be “rejoicing.” If a person is just going through the motions, living unto themselves, still in charge and have never trusted and submitted to His commands, then they are on the road to destruction.
We are saved by putting our faith and trust in Jesus Christ and when we do that we will be saved!