Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Salvation terminology ...part 2

There seems to be a lot 'Mystery terminology' (e.g., of people getting saved, being a part of the church, added to the Lord, etc.)...

Getting Saved
Now let’s examine the passages that you referred to from the book of Acts...

First of all, when you made reference to the people "being saved" in early Acts, it is important to note that “their” salvation is not like “our” salvation today! When looking at Israel in Prophecy, their "salvation" is associated with the coming earthly kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ! They did not have "eternal life" the moment they trusted Christ (we will talk later about what they had to trust ‘about Him’ in a little while). Their "salvation" will come in that earthly kingdom!

1 Peter 1:7-9
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Matthew 10:22
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

So when looking at the books of Prophecy, those books of the bible outside of the thirteen books of our Apostle Paul, you must keep in mind that their "salvation" was a future salvation into an earthly kingdom.

They were however "justified" before God by walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

Luke 1:5-6
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

God deals with people outside of our present dispensation of Grace on a "short account" system, or a performance-based acceptance system of Law! They could be justified (though not unto eternal life at a moment in time like us today), but they could also "lose" that justification before God by their works—or lack thereof. (God does not deal with us today like that.)

So when you deal with those in Prophecy, just keep in mind that “their salvation" it not like yours and mine today.

To be continued…

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