The Bible Doctrine of Salvation is Far-Reaching and Powerful

The Bible Doctrine of Salvation is a huge concept--Huge with a capital "H"! I call salvation a “Basket Word” because it's like a big basket that contains so many benefits. For anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as Savior, salvation is a cornucopia of blessings.

The Greek word is "sozo" and includes past, present and future salvation from sin and its ramifications. Salvation includes heaven, eternal life, deliverance, healing, well-being, justification, sanctification, glorification, divine health, being saved, forgiven, redeemed, ransomed, regenerated, born again as well as other benefits. The Hebrew writer asks,“How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” Hebrews 2:3

The following outline focuses on just three aspects of the great Bible doctrine of salvation.

3-Fold Salvation

Justification—past salvation
Sanctification—present salvation
Glorification—future salvation

Justification

An act of God that takes place in heaven in which God declares a repentant sinner “righteous”
Based on God’s grace and man’s faith Romans 3:24
God credits Jesus sinlessness to our account

What Does “Righteous” Mean?

Does not mean “not guilty”
Does not mean merely “innocent”
Does not mean "being restored to Adam's state"
Righteous means “state of being like God”
In Christ and Christ in us
Justified (righteous): Though we are guilty, our sin was paid for by Someone else
Justified and made righteous are same word in Greek
To confess, "I am righteous in Christ" cuts the power of temptation!

What Does it Mean to be “Justified”?

God sees us as righteous as His only Son
God imputes righteousness to our account
We are as righteous as Jesus Christ
2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 3:28
God imparts righteousness to our spirit Romans 8:11
For believers, this is a past act of God based on blood of Jesus

Sanctification

The present process of becoming like Jesus
Primarily, the present process in which God and man work together to change us to become like Jesus
Takes place in our soul Philippians 2: 12-13
Literally: to be set apart, to be made holy

Glorification

Romans 13:11 “Salvation is nearer than when we (first) believed”
God’s future act to change earthly our body into a radiant, heavenly body 1 Cor 15
Occurs at death or His return
Philippians 3:20-21
Based on works, suffering, obedience, etc.

Summary

Justification--salvation for our spirit--past event--removes the penalty of sin
Sanctification--salvation for our soul--present process--removes the power of sin
Glorification--salvation for our body--future event--removes the presence of sin

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