Salvation means to be saved and for us Christians it means saved from death, as it is written “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Jesus came to save us from death therefore he says; “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
However, to be saved from death has far reaching implication “…for a living dog is better than a dead lion” (Ecclesiastes 9:4) with death goes all strength and make the creature subject to every form of oppression and this is the cause of the trouble of man in this world, therefore it was said of the Lord Jesus that he went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil. The death of man gives rise to the trouble of man because with death comes the oppression of the devil. As so it is written “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble” (Job 14:1) what this means is that by coming to save us from death Jesus came to save us from trouble, so he says “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest;” (Matthew 11:28)
In other word salvation is to give us live everlasting and rest. Many believe that one can only have rest when you die but this is an irony as rest comes with life. Jesus came to give you rest from your fears, worries and anxiety, from trouble, sickness and affliction and so on. This is what salvation is all about it is not just about living eternally it includes being delivered from the oppression of the devil and all the trouble and afflictions that comes with it. That is why the Lord said “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Now some might argued that if salvation include saving us from troubles and afflictions while then do many Christians suffer afflictions, anxiety, worries and so forth. The truth is that our salvation is a continuous process it is not a one day experience though it starts one day. Paul said “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:” (Philippians 3:12-13) Here he told us he has not laid hold unto it but he is pursing to. Salvation is something that we must continually work at hence we were told “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. “ (Philippians 2:12)
Now we see that salvation is not only continuous process it involves works and this brings us to the main issue about salvation. Now the bible says “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9). This scripture has led many to believe that works is not involved in salvation and there is no work for you to do concerning your salvation. This by extension also led many to say that once you are saved you are forever saved
The truth however, is that salvation requires works, if not we will not be told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. More so, Paul wrote “I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” (1Corinthians 9:27) What this means is that he puts in real works to ensure he does not lose his salvation. This also means one can lose one’s salvation if you do not work at it.
Now we know that we are saved by grace through faith but we must not forget that we can fall from grace if we don’t work at it and also faith without works is death. It is failure to understand grace and faith that has led many to think works is not involve in salvation because you are saved by grace through faith. But the word of God makes it clear that you need to work out your salvation. You can read more about grace in the truth about grace and more about faith in the truth about faith
In conclusion, salvation is to save you from death and the consequences of death which include, affliction, sickness, fears, anxiety, troubles and the likes. However, salvation is not a one off experience but a continuous process and you must work at it to enjoy the full benefits. Furthermore if you don’t work at it you can lose it.
“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draws back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. (Hebrew 10:38-39)
My prayer is that not only will you not be among them that draw back unto perdition but you will enjoy the full benefits of salvation