OF WHICH SALVATION?

OF WHICH SALVATION?

Leslie M. John

Peter emphasized that the salvation by grace through faith was not understood by  not only Old Testament Saints, but even the angels. The mystery of “One New Man”  was hidden during the Old Testament period and it was revealed in the New  Testament period.

That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of  his promise in Christ by the gospel: (Ephesians 3:6)

Whoever believes Jesus as Savior, irrespective of whether he is a Jew or  Gentile, or male or female, will receive salvation. The death of Jesus on the  cross, His burial and His resurrection is to be acknowledged by the one who  seeks salvation.

Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained  in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  (Ephesians 2:15)

That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of  his promise in Christ by the gospel: (Ephesians 3:6)

Peter advises the dispersed Jews among Gentile nations, and Gentiles in those  lands that they should gird up their loins of their minds, be vigilant, and hope  to the end for the grace that was to be brought by Jesus at His second coming.

Peter quotes Old Testament verse (Leviticus 11:44), where the LORD God spoke to  the children of Israel by the mouth of Moses and Aaron that they should sanctify  themselves, and be holy because the LORD is holy. The LORD God commanded them  through Moses that they should not defile themselves by eating any kind of food  that was prohibited by Him.

Later Apostle Paul writes, by the revelation of Jesus Christ, not to allow  anyone to judge them in meat, or in drink, or in respect of any holiday, or the  new moon, or of the Sabbath days, and thus legalism is done away with.  (Colossians 2:16)

Peter advises the dispersed Jews among Gentile nations, and the Gentiles in  those lands that they should keep away from the kind of lusts that they lived  in, before they became disciples of Jesus. He said that even in their  conversations with others they were to remain holy because God called them holy.  The spiritual man seeks spiritual things and fleshly man seeks fleshly  pleasures.

While spiritual things bring blessings in one’s life, fleshly things bring ruin.  While gathering riches that are necessary for one’s life is not sin, excessive  gathering of riches out of greed, will bring ruin. Jesus said no man can serve  two masters; either he will serve God or mammon (cf. Matthew 6:24, Matthew  19:24)

Every follower of Jesus Christ should know that the Father, whom they call on,  is impartial in judging them of their work while they are on their journey to  the eternal abode in heaven. We are sojourners on this earth and our inheritance  is in heaven.

Therefore, seek only the things that are needed in heaven and gather for future  residence, the treasures that last eternally than that of the things that  perish. We are redeemed from the bondage of sin not with corruptible things,  such as silver and gold, or from vain conversations received by tradition from  predecessors, but with the precious blood of Jesus Christ, who was the Lamb of  God, without any blemish and without any spot.

Lord Jesus said:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth  corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: (Matthew 6:19)
Lord Jesus Christ was chosen by the Father even before the foundation of the  world that He should become the sacrificial Lamb of God, and accordingly He was  on this earth and lived among us. He preached repentance, and the imminent  “kingdom of heaven”.

Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah and, therefore, the  establishment of literal kingdom was postponed, and the salvation was offered to  the Gentiles as well. After the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, Apostle  Peter, and other apostles, as also Apostle Paul, who followed them preached the  Gospel of Grace, which was salvation by Grace through faith; and it was the gift  of God.

Peter asserts that the disciples of Jesus and those from Gentiles, who were  converted, do believe in God, who raised Jesus from the dead. They all believe  that the Father gave back the glory to Jesus, who had it when He was with the  Father. He had relinquished it, when He came into the world in the form of a  servant, and in the likeness of man.

When the glory of the Father was restored  to the Son, He became the hope of all believers that they might have hope in  Him. Peter’s desire was that we all love one another fervently with a pure  heart.

Those who believe in Jesus, and are born-again are saved, not by corruptible  seed, but by incorruptible seed, by the word of God that lives and abides in  them for ever. The Lord and His will endure forever, while the grass withers and  so do all flesh, and the entire glory of man perishes as does the flower of  grass.

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matthew  24:35)

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto  me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in  the thing whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:11)

Peter and other disciples as also Apostle Paul preached this word of God. The  word of God does not perish nor shall pass away; but endures for ever. The  disciples preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ, whose blood cleanses us from all  sin. Peter preached initially to Jews and later to Gentiles as well, as we read  in Acts 10; whereas Paul was chosen by the Lord to preach primarily to the  Gentiles (cf. Acts 9:15)

The Good News about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is about His death, burial and  resurrection. He died on the cross, for our sake and on behalf of us, bearing  our sin upon Him, in order that we may be delivered from our sin, and that we  may receive everlasting life. The salvation is available for all those who  confess sins and accept Him as Savior, and believes in heart that God raised Him  from the dead (Cf. Romans 10:9)

Old Testament saints prophesied about our resurrection and had faith that they  will see God.

“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day  upon the earth” Job 19:25

(Cf. Psalm 6:5; Psalm 16:10; Psalm 17:15; Psalm 30:3; Psalm 49:15; Psalm 73:24Psalm 89:48)

Lord Jesus Christ, by rising from the grave showed us that we will not be left  in the grave but rise from it to have everlasting life.

“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;  but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up  into everlasting life” John 4:14

We are sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise, and therefore, we should not  grieve Holy Spirit by committing sins repeatedly.

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of  your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that  holy Spirit of promise” Ephesians 1:13

“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of  redemption” Ephesians 4:30

Our salvation is secure and it will not be lost. Referring to those who are  already saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, the Bible says that all of  us were once enemies to God, and went astray like sheep, but then we are  returned to the Shepherd by trusting Him as our shepherd.

God loved us first and  had compassion on us and He, who forgave us of our sins, is not human to  backslide on His promise to take back the gift He gave us, but He chastises us  when we go astray. It is by hearing that faith comes, and the hearing by the  word of God. (cf. 1 Peter 2:25, Romans 10:17)

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,  Christ died for us”. (Romans Ch. 5:8)

It is the Father in heaven, who sent His only begotten Son Jesus, draws men to  come to Him, and Lord Jesus Christ, to whom all power is given by the Father,  will raise from the dead, them that believed in Him (cf. John 6:44)

Ephesians chapter 2:8-10 reveals a great truth that the gift of salvation cannot  be gained by doing any amount of good works, but it is received only by grace  through faith in Jesus.

None can boast that he or she received salvation by  doing good works; however, a true believer would live to do good works after he  has received salvation by grace through faith. We are His workmanship, and  therefore, He does not tolerate any sin. Every sin is abominable to God, and no  believer, who commits sins after receiving salvation, would escape chastisement.

Christ is the head of the Church, and those that have Lord Jesus Christ as their  personal savior, are the members of the Church. The Church is His bride and the  bride is the possession of Lord Jesus Christ. When Lord Jesus Christ comes again  the church is caught up to be with Him for ever and ever. He protects His  treasured possession from the “great tribulation”.

Thus we are so privileged  that our salvation is sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, and no one can  take away our salvation.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck  them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:29)

Apostle Paul wrote:

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet  shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be  changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put  on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and  this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the  saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (1 Corinthians  15:52-54)