Salvation past and salvation present

I don’t remember the day I was saved because I wasn’t there when it happened. I had to wait two thousand years AFTER I’d been saved to find out what salvation was. It was quite a shock discovering I’d been totally accepted by God before I was even born, and all due to Christ’s death on the cross.

Other Christians, on the other hand, DO remember the day they were saved, because they were there when it happened. They remember even the date, perhaps, when they believed and accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour. “And that’s the day I was saved,” they say.

So now we have two groups of Christians, one group that thinks they were saved before they even knew about salvation, and another group that thinks they were saved only after they knew about salvation. The first group believes they were saved without any acceptance or belief on their part, while the second group believes they were saved because of their acceptance and belief.

So who’s right? Well, depending on one’s definition of “salvation” both groups can be right. If we’re talking salvation as defined by the first half of Romans 5:10 – “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son” – then the first group would be right. God totally accepted us – even as his enemies – when his Son died, not because of any conscious acceptance or belief on our part.

But if we’re talking salvation as defined by the second half of Romans 5:10 – “how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be be saved through his life” – then the second group would also be right. Yes, God accepted and forgave us because of Christ’s death, but there’s more to salvation than that. There’s also the salvation that comes with Christ’s life, and that only happens now, when we’re alive and conscious, not when Jesus died. And this salvation does require acceptance and belief, Romans 10:9, because it’s only “if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Now we’re talking the salvation that comes with the resurrected Christ’s life, that only opens up to the person who accepts and believes that “Jesus is Lord,” meaning, verse 11, that from that point on we totally trust Jesus as Lord of everything in our lives.

The day we were saved, then, can be two days, the first day being the day Christ died, and the second day when it dawned on us, verse 12, that the living, resurrected Jesus is “Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.”

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