When does salvation occur?
Question: “Many think of salvation as being an instant and complete result of repentance. Is this true? When does salvation occur?”
While salvation can refer to deliverance from an enemy (Luke 1:71), in this article we are addressing the more common biblical use of salvation or deliverance from the evil of sins. to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins (Luke 1:77).
Many assume that salvation is a instant and complete act of God at the time of repentance. While salvation is an instant manifestation of God at the time of repentance, it is not complete. Rather, salvation starts at repentance, but we are responsible to make it grow toward completion that occurs at death. Along with growing our salvation we must also battle the enemy who is trying to steal us from God. Salvation is more like a road. At repentance, God forgives us all of our sins, infill's us with the Holy Spirit, and puts us on the salvation road that leads to a complete salvation and heaven. This road consists of building a relationship with God through studying His Word, prayer, and spending time with Him. We learn to recognize the enemy, to be righteous, and to be lead by the Holy Spirit.
The acceptance of the Word of God is the gospel that leads to your salvation. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation (Ephesians 1:13).
The following verses demonstrate that salvation is a process we work at that is only completed at the time of death.
And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed (Romans 13:11).
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet (1 Thessalonians 5:8).
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).
so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him (Hebrews 9:28). The salvation road will be completed when Christ returns a second time, at the last time.
who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5).
for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:9).
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation (1 Peter 2:2).
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah (Revelation 12:10).
Clearly, we start the salvation road at the time of repentance and are responsible to work out our salvation, while maintaining the hope of salvation, that we may not turn away from our salvation and God, but continue to grow as we complete the salvation road. And the beauty of salvation is that as long as we are working to grow our salvation, the Holy Spirit is always with us, helping us.
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