The concept of ‘Salvation’ describes one of the most sensitive aspects of a Christian’s life. Most often misunderstood or erroneously explained from the pulpit of preachers.
The ‘salvation’ or salvation of man is not an object, an act, a diploma or simply something to keep in the drawer, but it is a whole PROCESS of the maturation of the life of the authentic Christian, which brings with it a great responsibility.
'Let us, who are the sons of the day, be awake, clothed with the breastplate of faith and love, and have as our helmet the hope of salvation.' 1 Thessalonians 5: 8
The Bible describes in great detail that behind this extraordinary concept of ‘salvation’ lies a complex mechanism for the restoration of man, one initiated by God when there was still nothing in the Universe. Later manifested at Golgotha, 2000 years ago, which It will end when we reach the eternal glory of eternity. Simply structuring these ideas we can say strongly that:
1. We were saved in the past by the ‘Redemption’ made at Golgotha, saved from the guilt of sin!
2. We are now saved by daily ‘sanctification,’ so be saved from the dominant power of sin!
3. we will be saved in the future by the eternal ‘Glorification’ of the Kingdom of God, thus being saved from the presence of sin!
Thus, once we have entered and remain to the end in this process of transformation of mind and soul, adopting the whole mentality, character, and style of behavior of the Lord Jesus Christ, our salvation is secured forever.
Using his rabbinic style and abilities by inserting into the text the archaic concept ‘helmet’ of salvation (no helmet was a component of the armor that protected the soldier’s head), the Apostle Paul emphasizes that once under the authority of Jesus, and understanding its nature , every man is absolutely sure of his salvation.
Pastor Florin Antonie