Are we saved already?

23 07 2009

Cross of salvation

For those who believe in Jesus, accept him as Lord and have been reborn through the waters of baptism, Holy Scripture gives us 3 levels of answers; all are true but they must be understood correctly.

We are already saved through Jesus’ work of redemption on the cross. Objectively, salvation has  been won for us. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Cor 5:17)

However, we are also being saved. God’s power is constantly at work in the faithful to purify and deliver them from the bondage of sin. Christians are saved on condition they remain faithful to the Gospel preached to them. Through it (the Gospel) you are also being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. (1 Cor 15:2 NAB) NB. NIV renders it ‘you are saved’.

We will be saved: Christians must not commit the sin of presumption. Rather, they should manifest confident hope that God will give them the grace of perseverance; that they will respond to divine grace and continually accept the gift of salvation until death. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! (Romans 5:9)