2010-05-28 - What Must I Do to be Saved
Part 3 ~ Salvation: Future event of Deliverance from the World
This moment of salvation, which has not happened to any of us, can be called glorification; it is the final perfection of all saints. It is the obtained glory spoken of in 2 Thessalonians. This is when we are saved from the sinful flesh (the inherited Adamic nature). We are then saved to the perfect immortal life. Here we are saved by God's grace.
Notice, we are always saved by him; it is never us; it is never anything we have or do. First by his mercy we are saved. Then it is by his strength that are we saved. And lastly we are saved by His grace. A preacher I heard once gave this illustration to explain the difference between grace and mercy.
Joe was speeding through Opelika, Alabama. If you've ever been there you know its an easy area of flat road to speed down. Well before long Joe sees blue lights in his rear-view. He pulls over and the cop gets his license and registration.
"Oh Hi Bill. Remember me? I preached at your church a few weeks ago!"
"OK yeah I remember you" then he returns to writing. After a minute he hands Joe a piece of paper.
"I'm letting you off with a warning Joe but don't speed through here anymore"
That was mercy. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. Joe deserved a ticket. Instead Bill showed mercy.
If, as Bill hands the paper to Joe he says "Congratulations, as the 1000th speeder on this road the State Patrol and Board of Tourism are proud to present you with your very own patrol car. Here's the title to that car", then, Bill would have shown grace. Grace is getting what we don't deserve.
At that time we shed our imperfections and this mortality puts on immortality. We are restored to the same condition as the pre-Fall Adam. And finally we occupy the place that has been prepared and stocked. Many passages tell us of this salvation I hope for. 1 Peter 1:9 says the end of our journey of faith is the salvation of our soul. In Matthew 10:22 and Mark 13:13, Jesus himself speaks of this saying that we must endure to the end to receive salvation. Romans 13:11 says our salvation is nearer than it was when we first believed. We aren't there yet but we are getting closer.
Even if we stumble and fail in our ongoing efforts we are guaranteed this salvation because the account is settled, the bill is paid, and in the words of Jesus Christ himself, "It is finished!"
Looking at Them All
Even though we have not yet been totally saved we can know we will be. Salvation is something we can know we have. John, thought by many to be the closest of the 12 Apostles, wrote "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." (I John 5:13) We can know we are saved.
The world is about to be wiped out in a full scale nuclear attack but look there is one indestructible bomb shelter over there. As we approach it we notice there are no windows and there is only one door. We have heard it is stocked well enough to provide all anyone will need. We just have to get there in time. We draw closer and closer and now we are at the door. That's weird the door is engraved with the name "Jesus Christ" on it. How about that? Well we step inside. A man at the door takes our name and says we have a room near the back and points down a long hallway. So we begin walking and looking around. "Hey look there, on the floor, a blessing." I bend over pick it up and put it in my pocket.
"What's with all these doors?" I walk over to one and look in.
"Oh I bet that's fun I'll step in there for a minute. I know my room is further down but no one will mind." Wonder who put that sign that says "Temptation" on the door.
"Well I'm bored guess I'll head on to my own room"
"Oh look an empty room I've walked so far surely no one would mind if I sat here in this room and rested." I sit in the room of "Idleness" and rest. It sure is comfortable. Then a man barges in and kicks me out and points me back down the hallway.
"Oh well, guess it was time to be moving on anyway."
So I keep on going. And finally I reach my room. Finally I am safe in my own little place. I am home at last.
Until next time
All verses are from the King James Version unless otherwise specified.