…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 2:4-5 Kenneth Wuest Translation
As you probably know, there is sooooo much more to being saved than just waiting to go to Heaven. Going to Heaven is wonderful, I was reminiscing about it yesterday and actually wrote a poem about it which I will share at the end of this post. But being saved is so much more because our Father always plans to do exceedingly, abundantly above ALL that we do ask or think(NOT THAT WE CAN ASK OR THINK). This being saved has an earthly benefit as well as a Heavenly benefit. If you read part one of this post you may recall some of the definitions of being saved and salvation. Let’s review those.
The word saved is the Greek word sozo which means I save, heal, preserve and rescue. The word salvation is the Greek word soteria. It means health, welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation, safety. Once again our text scripture says that we have been saved in past time with the present result that we are in a STATE OF SALVATION that persist thru present time. If you are an American, when you travel to another country you don’t lose your American rights because you are in another country. As a matter of truth BEING AN AMERICAN can provide great benefits to you in foreign countries and prevent some things from happening that would not be to your benefit. Why is this? Because of the weight and authority that America has in the world. Your rights have the full backing of the U.S. Government and the U.S. Army if necessary and other outfits that may be deemed necessary to secure your protection and safe travel. Did you earn these rights? No you inherited them when you were born in America or you became an American citizen. The same is true in the case of a born again believer.
But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. Phillipians 3:20 New Living Translation
As a citizen of Heaven you have all the health, welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation and safety that Heaven thru God the Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirit provide. That is a lot of power! That is a lot of protection! That is a lot of prosperity! Thats the STATE OF SALVATION that you live in right now and forever because you HAVE ETERNAL LIFE and ETERNAL SALVATION! You have been SAVED completely in past time with the present result that you are in a STATE OF SALVATION that persist thru present time. Look at this definition from Strongs dictionary about the word eternal which is the Greek word aionios.
Eternal (166 /aiṓnios) life operates simultaneously outside of time, inside of time, and beyond time – i.e. what gives time its everlasting meaning for the believer through faith, yet is also time-independent.
the unique quality (reality) of God’s life at work in the believer, i.e. as the Lord manifests His self-existent life (as it is in His sinless abode of heaven). “
[166 (aiṓnios) does not focus on the future per se, but rather on the quality of the age (165 /aiṓn) it relates to. Thus believers live in “eternal (166/aiṓnios) life” right now, experiencing this quality of God’s life now as a present possession.
When you understand these things you then realize that being saved and your salvation has a lot more benefits than just going to Heaven and you can take advantage of those benefits right here and right now EVERYDAY! Amen!!!
You have been saved completely in past time with the present result that you are in a STATE OF SALVATION that persist thru present time. That means ETERNITY. Your salvation is eternal!!! Jesus has obtained for us and is the author of eternal health, eternal prosperity, eternal preservation, eternal deliverance, eternal safety. You have inherited these things. Inherit means to come into possession of things as a right. These things are a part of your eternal inheritance.
And being made perfect, He became the author of ‘eternal salvation’ unto all them that obey him (by accepting Him as Lord and Saviour); Hebrews 5:9 KJV
That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the ‘eternal inheritance’ God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant. Hebrews 9:15 New Living Translation
All the ‘blessed’ to you! Shalom!!!
Here is the poem I mentioned earlier about Heaven. Keep in mind all that is available in Heaven is available to you now right here on the Earth. You can live days of Heaven on Earth!
That is What I Long For
The Joy of Perfection
Where He is the Light
No lacking of Life
No lacking of might
The peace of no evil
The smell of ONLY good
The utopia of righteousness
And all being as it should
Imagine it : no strife
No lies, and no cares
No old age or decay
No thinning or losing hair
No danger, no adversary
No worry, no fear
The thought of it causes my eye
To fill with joyful tear
The protection of The Father
The Light of the Son
The companionship of Family
Enjoying all that’s been done
The reunion with all those
Who took an earlier flight
The constant brightness of daytime
And the absence of night
The mansions we inhabit
Custom built to a tee
Every crevice and doorknob
Carefully picked by Daddy
Oh Poppa I do long
To be with You there
So strengthen me and hasten
My work to be done here
And help me enjoy
My time in this place
And receive all You’ve provided
By Your Son Who is GRACE
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