Romans 10:13 – For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Saved – Sozo – 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 judgment. To make one whole: spirit,, soul, and body.
Salvation is eternal: past, present, and future.
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. When most of us think of eternal, we tend to only think of the future. But, eternal is that God has always existed, does exist, and always will exist! “I am that I am,” is what God told Moses His name was. In that statement, God is saying, “I am eternal!” Before anything, God was.
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, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,…
Revelation 1:8 – “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.”
He is the author of eternal salvation. There is a past, present, and future tense of salvation: Past – who was; Present – who is; Future – who is to come. According to the Bible: You have been saved, you are being saved, and you will be saved.
We have been saved from the penalty of sin; you are being saved as we learn and grow in Christ, and we will be saved from the presence of sin. We have been saved in our spirit; we are being saved in our soul (mind, will, and emotions); and our body will be saved one day.
If we don’t understand that we “have been” saved, then we will have an incorrect view of “are being” saved. However, if you do understand salvation in the past then we will have peace in the present and faith for the future.
If you don’t understand the past tense of past salvation then you will have pressure in the present and fear in the future.
Whosoever calls o the name of the Lord will be saved, meaning: saved, justified, sanctified, accepted in the beloved, redeemed, and forgiven. If you have believed, you have been saved. If a person doesn’t understand this, they will always be trying to achieve something. Salvation is not a goal to be achieved. It is a gift to be received! All through Scripture, salvation is described as a gift!
In these next verses, look for past tense: 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 and 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.
Ephesians 1:11 – In Him, 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, (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, purchased possession! We are owned by God! How could God ever lose something that He owns?
In 1 Corinthians, Chapter 6, verses 9 & 10, Paul lists the sins. If you go read it, I’m sure we all will find ourselves there before we came to Christ. However, 1 Corinthians 6:11 says, 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. This is all past tense!
So what do people do now that they know this?
Luke 15:10 – “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The first thing people do is repent. And because we have repented, we then rejoice! Do you know why many believers don’t rejoice during a time of worship in the house of God? Because they are still looking for favor with God. But if they truly believed, they can stop looking for that favor because it’s already there!
The biggest problem that a believer has being joyful over their salvation is because they have only believed in their mind, not with their heart. You can’t just believe with your mind, thinking you can still live any way you want. The Bible says, “You will know them by their fruit.” What kind of fruit are they producing? If a person is still living for themselves, still going their own way and still in charge, then they haven’t trusted in Jesus and are on their way to hell.
The only way a person gets truly saved is to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and that means you follow His ways.