WHAT SALVATION IS IT?

Leslie M. John

SALVATION is the act of saving or preservation from destruction. When it comes to refer man’s salvation it means redemption of man from the bondage of sin. It is the redemption from the liability of eternal damnation. It is the redemption from being cast into the “lake of fire”.

And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:42)
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (Romans 3:24)
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  (Romans 5:6)

THE MYSTERY REVEALED

”If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me toward you” (Ephesians 3:2)
Apostle Paul humbly acknowledges in Ephesians Chapter 3 that he was a prisoner of Jesus Christ to be the minister for Gentiles. He revealed the mystery of the dispensation of grace of God and said that this mystery was made known to the Apostles and the prophets by the Holy Spirit.

It was about the equal inheritance of the heavenly blessings by Gentiles on par with the Jews who accept Jesus as their Lord and also to be the partakers of God’s promises and to become the members of the body of Christ.

Paul was made minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ unto the Gentiles according to the gift of grace of God that was given to him for his effectual work for God (cf. Acts Ch.9:15 and Eph. Ch.3:6-8). He humbled himself to the extent of saying that he was less than the least of all the saints and yet this privilege to preach the gospel to the Gentiles was given to him.

He considered preaching to the Gentiles and revealing God’s purposes was a privilege given to him and such preaching was the result of abundant grace of God towards him. He wrote that it was with that purpose he revealed to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ and to make everyone see the plan of God.

This mystery was hidden in God who created all things by Jesus Christ. This mystery was hidden not only during the Old Testament period but even unto the time when Apostle Paul himself declared that God purposed that the Gentiles should be on par with Jews and reap heavenly blessings.

“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:10)
Hebrews 2:10 has three points in it.

·         Firstly, it shows who is that who orders things out
·         Secondly, who executed the things, and whose sake all things are ordered out and
·         Thirdly, it eventually points to those who are benefited of such action.

For carrying out any work there needs to be someone who has to first write an order and then there needs to be someone who executes it. Someone who writes an order has to be one that has authority to write such an order else it is tantamount to a mere worthless writing; and likewise, someone who executes the order has to be one who is competent to do such work else it would end up in shambles.   We cannot afford to do things at random with unauthorized people writing an order and incapable ones executing it.

If earthly things had to be done so meticulously with planning then how great care must have been taken by the one who made heaven and earth, and created man to live therein. Science has never proved rightly until now that big-bang theory was right.

Man’s disobedience of God’s word and God’s plan of salvation for man are not mere plans of trivial importance to be viewed negligently.  If such a metaphor such as rolling in the grave is true, it could be Darwin, who would be rolling in his grave repenting for having created so much confusion about evolution.

God is the creator and He has the ultimate authority to have His own way of offering salvation for mankind. Lord Jesus Christ is the Captain of our salvation.