Have you been told that salvation just means that one day you will be saved and will have eternal life in heaven? Of course eternal salvation is vitally important but God loves you so much He wants to rescue you today and also for all eternity.
Rather than debate about whether salvation refers just to eternity let’s see what the Bible says and let God answer the question for us.
Let’s start with this scripture in Romans 1:16 ’16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth …’ Here we see that the gospel of Christ is the power of God! And the power of God is to bring us salvation. Salvation in Greek is ‘Soterion’.
Now let’s look at Luke 1:67-79 The Bible tells us that Zacharias spoke under the power of the Holy Spirit, therefore these are not the words of a man but the words of God speaking through Zecharias.
’67 Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: 68 “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people, 69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David, 70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began, 71 That we should be saved from our enemies And from the hand of all who hate us,’
In the verse above we see that God raised up a horn of salvation and that He saves us from our enemies. Both salvation and saved here in the Greek is once again ‘Soterion’ which we found earlier in Rom 1:16. Now God explains that Soterion means that we should be saved from our enemies.
Who is your enemy? Sickness, disease, pain, suffering? If they are your enemies then because of your covenant with God, your enemy is also His enemy. In the continuing verses below you can see that God wants to defeat your enemy so you can serve God without fear. Note especially that is for all the days of our life. Clearly this is applying to our lives today. Let’s read on.
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant, 73 The oath which He swore to our father Abraham: 74 To grant us that we, Being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. 76 “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, 77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, 78 Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; 79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
In verse 77 we find the word salvation again (Soterion in Greek). Notice that the knowledge of salvation is given to us. How is it given? By ‘the remission of sins’. You see, Salvation is not the same as remission of sins. Salvation is deliverance and rescue from our enemies and it is is obtained when we know we have the forgiveness / pardoning / remission of our sins through Jesus Christ.
Once we were separated and far apart from God because of our sins. But when we received the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus, then we have salvation which is eternal – except that eternity also includes the present. And today right now, you have God’s Word declaring salvation from your enemies so you can serve God today without fear.
I want you to read Rom 1:16 and Luke 1:67-79 again and then one more time. Let the Word of God sink into your soul. Receive God’s salvation right now and have every enemy against your body defeated in Jesus name,
Guy is a homeschool father to five and has been married for over two decades to the same woman, He has a deep passion for the WORD and can be seen studying and emailing encouragement to others using the WORD deep into the night. He works in international real estate investments and enjoys the work and people he meets globally.