JUST DA TRUTH-ABOUT SALVATION

For by the grace have you been saved in time past completely, through faith, with the result that your salvation persists through present time; and this [salvation] is not from you as a source ‘of God it is the gift, not from a source of works, in order that no one might boast.  Ephesians 2:8 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Salvation is such a wonderful thing and Person.  Yes Person! Did you know and realize that the name Jesus, or Joshua or Iesous(the Hebrew transliteration)  means Yahweh saves!  Look at what was said about Jesus when he was first born.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 King James Version

In other words, He will do what His Name means or stands for.

It is so great to see Jesus all throughout the entire Bible, the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Many believers don’t even realize how many times the scriptures are talking about JESUS! But He is everywhere! Lets look at just a few.

I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed. I will grant salvation to Zion, my splendor to Israel .  Isaiah 46:13 New International Version

Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 2 Timothy 2:10 New International Version

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. I Peter 1:11 New International Version

All these scriptures are talking about Jesus!  Everywhere you see righteousness, salvation, or the grace that was to come the scripture is talking about JESUS!!  Zion is us, the church. All He did and all God has done through Him is salvation.  The word salvation comes from the greek word,  soteria.  It means welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation, safety.  It comes from the greek word sozo which means I save, I heal, I preserve, I rescue.  It  means properly, to deliver out of danger and into safety; used principally of God rescuing believers from the penalty and power of sin – and into His provisions (safety). Isn’t that great?

Now with that knowledge lets go back to our opening scripture and dig out all the spiritual secrets and nutrients we can get out of it.

For by the grace have you been saved in time past completely, through faith, with the result that your salvation persists through present time; and this [salvation] is not from you as a source ‘of God it is the gift, not from a source of works, in order that no one might boast. Ephesians 2:8 Kenneth Wuest Translation

So realize and understand that by grace you have been saved in time past completely.  Lets stop right there and look at what is said in the first verse. When were you saved in time past? (We will get to completely in a moment). You were saved in times past before the foundation of the world.  You were saved completely, spirit, soul and body before the foundation of the world.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Ephesians 1:4 King James Bible

God didn’t wait until your mother and father had you on Earth, He choose you before He even created the world.  You are special! Nothing can dominate you or take you out of the Fathers hand. Why? Because you existed and were saved before sin, before sickness, before disease, before debt and before any of these things existed.  Nothing can separate you from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.  So now what has happened as a result of you being saved in time past time completely.  The Word of God says that this has the present result that your salvation(your welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation, safety) persist through present time.  Present time here means today, tomorrow and throughout all eternity.  Do you realize you have been saved a loooooonnnnngggg time?  And your salvation persist.  The word persist there means to continue firmly and obstinately in spite of difficulty or opposition. Your welfare persist in spite of opposition. Your prosperity persist in spite of opposition. Your deliverance persist in spite of opposition. Your salvation persist throughout eternity.  Why?  Because God said so.  Because the Word of God says so.   This truth is so true that God had the Holy Spirit have Paul write it twice in the same chapter only 3 verses from each other.  When God says something twice ‘to you’, you may want to pay attention.

By grace have you been saved completely in past time, with the present result that you are in a state of salvation which persists through present time. Ephesians 2:5 Kenneth Wuest Translation

So if we define the words ‘saved’ and ‘salvation’ the scripture would read like this and we will make it personal this time.

By grace I have been saved, healed, preserved and rescued completely in past time, with the present result that I am in a state of salvation, welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation and safety which persists through present time. Ephesians 2:5 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Know and understand and let no one talk you out of your present state. You are in a ‘state of salvation’ which persist through present time.  When you believe in that salvation which is Jesus, the benefits and ingredients of that salvation begin to manifest.  And we already learned about the fullness of Christ and being conscious of that fullness.  Be salvation conscious and know what state you are in.   Let’s say you have been saved for 10 years.  Do you know the state you have been in for those 10 years?  Did you know that you have been in a state of welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation, safety? It may not be manifest because you have not been conscious of it and claimed your rights that are included with being in that state.  Lets look at it another way.

Lets say you lived in the state of Michigan for twenty five years, then because of a new job you move to the great state of Texas.  After a year you prepare to file your taxes and you tell your accountant, “Hey I need to file my Federal, State and City taxes.  Your accountant then tells you, “There are no state taxes in the state of Texas.  That is a benefit of living in the state of Texas.”  You are pleasantly surprised to find that out.  No state taxes.  Without your accountant sharing that knowledge you would have tried to file and pay state taxes, thereby denying yourself one of the benefits of living in the state of Texas.  This adds new meaning to what you don’t know can hurt you.    You are in the state of salvation the provides you the benefits of welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation and safety by God the Father through Christ Jesus.  Be sure to take advantage of the benefits of your “state”.

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

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