You might be thinking that the title “Redeeming Salvation” is strange, isn’t salvation basically redemption? Your right, but believe it or not the very idea and concept of what salvation is needs to be redeemed. There’s a lot of shouting, but the joy over our salvation appears to have faded. It appears that the word and even the concept has sunk next to the term “preacher” ! It seems to have become common and mundane. If we ever needed a reason to rejoice I would think this would be it. However, it seems that for most salvation was something that happened to them at some point, and they’ve since had to move on and live life.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
Have we just missed what Salvation is in the midst of all the voices? Maybe just like many other topics of Christianity, the waters have become muddied. I’ll attempt to put this great and beyond glorious act into perspective, dust it off and place it back on the shelf of respect. First, the situation. You have a God who lives in complete love,unity and harmony in the Trinity. Needing nothing at all, perfect in holiness, truth and righteousness. Who decides to create a being that will not only worship Him, but share in the love of the Trinity. Now lets look at the being, us. We are imperfect, no lets be clear, we are fault ridden, full of the inharmonious, ugly, disgusting infection called Sin. Regardless of actions; equal or unequal to other people, we’ve all fallen short of God’s glory. Even worse, because the weight of the penalty of sin was given to us by our first parents, Adam and Eve, we’re all sentenced to death. The bible goes on and even says before Christ,we were enemies of God, dead, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, without hope, living in fear of death. All this while most lived and live as everything is alright.
I will skip the Middle Man for this post to focus on God the giver of this great Gift. To be right to the point, through Jesus Christ, God undoes, redoes, rebirth’s and establishes us again. Not just as good people, no, but as His children! Salvation can be said like this, it is God paying the penalty of sin for us, giving us a life of hope now and for eternity, equally blessing us all in Jesus, making us blameless, and without fault in His sight. It is God adopting us as His children, making us His people; together with other Saints God has made us, His own dwelling place in the Spirit. Instead of a life under fear; tormented and bound. He has given us His Spirit that pours out His love in our hearts, the same Spirit that gives us power and a sound mind. God has also given us liberty in Jesus, permission and freedom to do His will. Salvation is us being free from sin in the present tense and day by day being conformed into the image of Jesus’, who is the perfect replication of God. Salvation is an act and a process; we come to know Him and receive eternal life, and yet we must still endure to the end, where we are promised to enter into His presence where there will be no tears, and we’ll be given leaves off the tree of life.
Salvation is a gift of God! Maybe, we don’t realize its a gift! I understand the theology that stirs the debate about how people are saved, but I can’t ignore scripture! It is a gift of God, despite what’s to be said about us, God gives it. The Greek word used here for gift means, sacrifice and can be translated as offering or gift. When we except salvation we are receiving a sacrifice or an offering from God. I pray that the deeper depth’s of this great truth would be known to all of us. God chose to give this offering to you and me, this sacrifice He made on His own accord for our benefit. No person takes a gift, it’s given. It’s not a right, it’s not something that at the end of life everyone will have, it’s not a fairy tale, its the difference between heaven and hell!
Have you rejoiced over your salvation lately?
When was the last time that you reflected on this gift?
Do you agree that the idea of salvation has fallen by the wayside?