What is Salvation?

Dec 3, 2014 1564

by Desmond Ford

Water-SalvationWe should carefully distinguish between salvation and “the things which accompany salvation” (Heb 6:9). The experience of being united to Christ by that faith which is essentially trust, is salvation. All other good things merely accompany that primary relationship.

Religion is not primarily church-going or hymn-singing or missionary work though all these may “accompany” it. Religion is a oneness between the sinner and the Savior. The Scripture saith, “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed” (Rom 10:11). First, observe the “him.” We believe not primarily in a church or a doctrine but a Person.

Second, observe the “whosoever” of this passage. Whatever your past, whatever your besetting sin or sins, whatever your difficulties – whosoever you are, salvation is yours by trusting Jesus Christ. You have eternal life the moment you believe (Jn 5:24). You are already counted as being in the heavenly places with the redeemed (Eph 2:6). Christ’s life and death is put to your account (Rom 5:13,19 and 2 Cor 5:21). “There is now no condemnation” (Rom 8:1).

Christ’s atoning work and our taking hold of it by the empty hand of faith accomplishes salvation. Faith is not a work, but the simple acceptance of a gift. Breathing does not of itself create life, but makes life possible. Similarly with eating and drinking. Faith is but spiritual breathing and drinking and eating. It is the grateful embracing of Christ’s work.

– Des Ford. Rom 8:27–32 (From “Questions and Answers”)

 

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