The Bible has a lot to say about salvation; From deliverance from calamity to the Great salvation. Below is the different types of salvation found in the Bible and the most important one; The Great Salvation.
Basic defenitions as found in the Websters 1828 dictionary – The First Standard English dictionary with the original intent of a word in the English language.
SALVA’TION, noun [Latin. Salvo, to save.]
- The act of saving; preservation from destruction, danger, or great calamity.
- Appropriate in theology, the redemption of man from the bondage of sin and liability to eternal death, and the conferring on him everlasting happiness. This is the great salvation. “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” 2 Corinthians 7.10
- Deliverance from enemies; victory. Exodus 14
- Remission of sins, or saving graces. Luke 19
- The author of mans salvation. Psalm 27
- A term of praise or benediction. Revelation 19
SALVATION IMPOSSIBLE WITH MEN.
“When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
- Salvation is Needed. “Who, then, can be saved?” “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”, as seen in His holy law, so all alike need to be saved. Mans need for salvation is not dependent on what the individual believes but rather what the reality of their condition is, the devil has deceived people into thinking that an individual’s opinion determines his reality. Twisting the verse: “For he thinketh in his heart so is he:” Proverbs 23.7. The thoughts of the heart are not conducive to the reality around him in fact: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9. If an individuals reach for eternal life was based off his understanding it would be something only based off the life lived and rooted in wickedness not the sum of all righteousness and truth.
- Salvation is Impossible with Man. It is impossible with man because-
- He Cannot Blot Out his own Sins. They are written in the memory of God. “For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin? My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.” Job 14.16-17Sinning is like signing a deposit slip for life with a pen, realizing you put [SIN] in the [Your Name] section and then trying to erase the SIN with the ink from the same pen.
- He Cannot Atone for his own Guilt. The price is too great for one who is poor, and needy, and without strength. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23 We see that the condition of man is frail. We are nothing more than dust and filthy rags. “verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity…” Psalm 39.5b
- He Cannot Change his own Heart. It is deceitful, and desperately wicked “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17.9. He cannot alter it any more than the Ethiopian can change his skin. If man could change his own heart the reason Jesus Christ came was to be able to be the change in the heart that man could not achieve.
- He Cannot Purchase Salvation with his own Works. “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20 The whole reason that the law exist in the Church age (The time period between the Cross and Rapture) is not to establish righteousness; rather to inform people about their sin filled situation. How would anyone know they wronged someone if they had no knowledge of the rules? That said Salvation cant be obtained by keeping the law but rather by faith in Jesus Christ “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2.8-9
- Salvation is Possible with God.
- Because the Offence is against Him. “Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned” Psalm 51:4. “Father. I have sinned against Heaven and before Thee” Luke 15:18.
- Because He Loves the Sinner. “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us” 1 John 4:10. This Love is the same that Jesus spoke about when he said: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.” John 15:13
- Because He Laid our Sins on Jesus. “It pleased the Lord to bruise Him” Isaiah 53:10. “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” John 1:29. This doesn’t mean God forced Christ to do something he didn’t want to do. Jesus had his own will and CHOSE to lay down his sinless life for sinners.
- Because He is Mighty to Save. The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. “Look unto Me and be ye saved… for I am God” Isaiah 45:22.
The salvation that you were probably looking for is that salvation. When someone recognizes they are a sinner in need of a savior and that there is nothing that they can do to save them selves from their own sin. That is the salvation all men need but not the one they choose to accept even though it’s the only one that an save them from hell. I beseech you reader consider Jesus Christ, knocking at you heart wondering if you will receive him and accept him as your savior.
Smith, James; Lee, Robert. Handfuls On Purpose: For Christian Workers and Bible Students.