There’s lots more salvation to come

When the children in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe step into the magical land of Narnia, they have no clue whatsoever what’s coming next. Nor do we as we step into our eternal life now, but like the children in Narnia, we get clues and hints along the way. 

One of those clues is in Romans 4:25. It’s that Christ did more than die. “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” Christ died for us, but that wasn’t the end of his involvement with us. He doesn’t stop at the gates to eternity as we walk through them, wave goodbye to us and wish us all the best, now that his job is done. Because it isn’t done. He was also raised to life for our justification.

Our justification, therefore, didn’t stop happening with his death. His death got us to the gates of eternity, and our belief that his death unlocked the gates for us meant that all we had to do was walk in. So, here we are, we’ve walked in, “justified by his blood” (Romans 5:9), but now we find out, as we enter eternity, that Jesus was raised to life for our justification, too.

You mean, we need more justification? But surely all the justification we needed was accomplished by his death, wasn’t it? Unless, that is, there are two parts to our justification, one part successfully and brilliantly accomplished by Jesus through his death, but another part yet to come through his life.

Romans 5:10 seems to hint at this, too. “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by his life?” We were saved from being God’s enemies and reconciled to him by Christ’s death, but there’s more to come. We’re also saved by Christ’s life. Are there two salvations, then, too?

Yes, it looks like there are, because as we enter eternity, there’s another salvation that kicks in. Another salvation? Yes, the salvation that comes by Christ’s life. His death broke open the doors to eternity to us, but that’s not where our salvation ended. It simply opened the doors to an even greater salvation to come, involving even more grace, more justification, more reconciliation with God – or, in short, more salvation.

To stop at the gates, thinking salvation only involves Christ’s death, would have Paul running up and shouting, “No, no, keep going, there’s lots more salvation to come.”