OUR GREAT SALVATION
The Meaning of the Word Salvation
The Hebrew root word is “yesha” (the basis for the name Joshua and Jesus) signifies freedom from what binds or restricts and thus effects deliverance.
The Greek word is “soteria” meaning to provide recovery, to rescue, to effect one’s welfare.
Salvation is the work of God whereby He transforms a soul from the grips of condemnation (eternal wrath) to one of eternal life. The idea of true of salvation from beginning to end is God’s. He thought of it and provided all that was necessary to make it possible for a human being to be rescued from the wrath of God. That’s why Scripture says that salvation is of the Lord.
Ps. 3:8-Salvation belongs to the Lord; Thy blessing be upon Thy people! Selah.
Ps. 62:1-2 – My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.
Ps. 68:19 – Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation.
Isa. 12:2 – Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.
Isa. 61:10 – I will rejoice greatly in the Lord,… For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
Jonah. 2:9-But I will sacrifice to Thee With the voice of thanksgiving… Salvation is from the Lord.
Salvation is the gracious work of God whereby He delivers undeserving, gospel-believing sinners from sin and its results; brings them into a right, vital relationship with Himself; and bestows on them the riches of His grace.
The Order of Salvation
- Election – God’s choice of people to be saved
- Gospel call – proclaiming the gospel message
- Regeneration – being born again
- Conversion – faith and repentance
- Justification – right legal standing
- Adoption – membership in God’s family
- Sanctification – right conduct of life
- Perseverance – remaining a believer
- Death – going to be with the Lord
- Glorification – receiving a resurrection body