Salvation: Its Phases and Wonderful Fullness:
Often Considered Too
You will note from
what follows that salvation is commonly thought of too
narrowly by Christians. We usually think in terms of
regeneration, sanctification, and
glorification (heaven). But, the fullness of what God
the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have given
us is much greater. This information is a beginning work.
As you will note,
this article is in outline form only. I hope to develop it
into a full article sometime soon. If you have comments,
either in not understanding these short phrases or in
developing it further, please let me know.
of three (3) phases:
… we have been
saved (justification) "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
and you shall be saved."
… we are
bring saved (sanctification) "Work out your
salvation with fear and trembling."
will be saved (glorification) "For now we see in
a mirror, dimly, but then face to face."
Headlong rush towards self-destruction,
dissipation in excess
Misery in this life; no sense of why "bad"
meaningful purpose in life
Self-determination of what is good or bad for
me, that is, we have no reference outside of
ourselves to determine what is right and wrong.
Works of the flesh, see Galatians 5:19-20 below
Conflicts with others: see “F” above
False worship and misplaced love: idols of
intellect, money, prestige, power, pride,
Galatians 5:19-20: deeds of the flesh: sexual
immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry
and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits
of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.
Crippling, life-controlling guilt;
nothing in mankind’s history (including all
the works of psychology) has the answer to man’s
real guilt, and through an understanding of
forgiveness, to resolve guilt feelings. (See
Guilt and Guilt
Others and circumstances beyond our control
Danger from other people: random (car accident),
purposeful (identity theft, burglary, murder,
Circumstances beyond our control: stock market
Hell—an eternity without Christ: weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth; Lake
loneliness beyond any despair known on earth; eternal screaming in anger; and
unassuaged pain, torment, and fear.
wrath and curse of God:
“all men are without excuse”
5. A harsh,
capricious, brutal, and impersonal universe.
Meteors that might end life on earth, as we know it;
nuclear war; earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and
all earthly disasters. Since God is Sovereign and
are no “random” events in His universe.
Saved to what?
the fruit of the spirit, morality of the Law, peace
of the Spirit, and rest in God’s Providence produce
the maximum health that can be experienced on earth.
While some Christians have severe acute and chronic
illness as believers, the health that they
experience within these conditions is maximized for
them as individuals within these same parameters.
One of the words that is used for "salvation" in the
Greek is the root of the word that is "hygiene" in
2. Peace of
mind, heart, and soul.
See what we are saved from above!!
the Bible almost always refers to being at peace
with God, not with circumstances, other people, a
decision made, or anything else. Peace in the Bible
is a synonym of salvation.
3. To make
a better family, society, nation, and world (love):
evangelism and missions to give others the blessings
of salvation, ministries of mercy, obedience to the
state, restitution and reconciliation of sins and
crimes, providing a basis of law for civil
Hope that all that is in this section will be
realized and, then, heaven!
control of a harsh, capricious, and brutal universe.
One of the concepts of salvation in the Bible is to
be "saved" from a disaster, for example, a
ship-wreck. In Christ, we are "safe" from all
storms. While we may still experience the
ravages of life, "underneath are the everlasting
6. A local
and universal family (the Church)
and all its
provisions of physical and spiritual nurture.
7. All the
resources of God’s greatness (Providence) available
to us for His purposes.
God will give us as little or as much as we need
(and so many of our wants) for ourselves, our
families, and our ministries. If we lack, it is
because our desires are inconsistent with His own.
For a textual
discussion of salvation as being saved from certain problems
to certain safety, see Henry Stob, Sin, Salvation, and
Service, Board of Publications of the Christian Reformed
of salvation may be shown:
(1) By what we are
saved from. This includes sin and death; guilt and
estrangement; ignorance of truth; bondage to habit and vice;
fear of demons, of death, of life, of God, of hell; despair
of self; alienation from others; pressures of the world; a
meaningless life. Paul's own testimony is almost wholly
positive: salvation has brought him peace with God, access
to God's favor and presence, hope of regaining the glory
intended for men, endurance in suffering, steadfast
character, an optimistic mind, inner motivations of divine
love and power of the Spirit, ongoing experience of the
risen Christ within his soul, and sustaining joy in God
(Rom. 5:1 - 11). Salvation extends also to society, aiming
at realizing the kingdom of God; to nature, ending its
bondage to futility (Rom. 8:19 - 20); and to the universe,
attaining final reconciliation of a fragmented cosmos (Eph.
1:10; Col. 1:20).
(2) By noting that
salvation is past (Rom. 8:24; Eph. 2:5, 8; Titus 3:5 - 8);
present (1 Cor. 1:18; 15:2; 2 Cor. 2:15; 6:2; 1 Pet. 1:9;
3:21); and future (Rom. 5:9 - 10; 13:11; 1 Cor. 5:5; Phil.
1:5 - 6; 2:12; 1 Thess. 5:8; Heb. 1:14; 9:28; 1 Pet. 2:2).
That is, salvation includes that which is given, freely and
finally, by God's grace (forgiveness, called in one epistle
justification, friendship; or reconciliation, atonement,
sonship, and new birth); that which is continually imparted
(sanctification, growing emancipation from all evil, growing
enrichment in all good, the enjoyment of eternal life,
experience of the Spirit's power, liberty, joy, advancing
maturity in conformity to Christ); and that still to be
attained (redemption of the body, perfect Christlikeness,
distinguishing salvation's various aspects: religious
(acceptance with God, forgiveness, reconciliation, sonship,
reception of the Spirit, immortality); emotional (strong
assurance, peace, courage, hopefulness, joy); practical
(prayer, guidance, discipline, dedication, service); ethical
(new moral dynamic for new moral aims, freedom, victory);
personal (new thoughts, convictions, horizons, motives,
satisfactions, self-fulfillment); social (new sense of
community with Christians, of compassion toward all,
overriding impulse to love as Jesus has loved).
The above three
paragraphs are from: