What is the teaching of the Bible, regarding “Salvation”?
Since: 1. people have different levels of educational attainments and learnings and since: 2. there are different schools of thought regarding certain data/informations/details, the grasp of people concerning/regarding facts, definitely would get on to vary. And since: 3. there are many and different sources of informations, these add up all the more, to the diversity/variation/differences of human concepts/ideas/notions/thoughts. The reality of this predicament/plight/dilemma/difficulty, holds true for all the informations in the world.
How do we solve issue #1? Study! How do we solve issue #2? Study all the more, to find out which informations are really valid!!! How do we solve issue #3? Establish standard texts or references.
If, for example, we are going to venture on the message of “Salvation”, all professing Christians and Muslims, would definitely have two ( 2 ) totally different schools of thought. Why? 1. The “Holy Scriptures” of the Muslims/Moslems is the Qur’an/Koran 2. The “Holy Scriptures” of the Christians is the Bible. These two ( 2 ) different books, are mutually exclusive/irreconcilable/incongruous/inharmonious/incompatible. Either one is true and the other is false. Both books cannot be both true, for they have totally different claims. Our advocacy is “Christianity”. Their religion is “Islam”. “Jesus” is God to us, who took Manhood upon Himself. Jesus is a mere prophet for them, for their God is “Allah”. The fairness and justice of “Jesus” regarding marriage is, one ( 1 ) Adam for one ( 1 ) Eve ( One man for one woman ). The fairness and justice of their “Allah” is one ( 1 ) man could be for several women, but one ( 1 ) woman couldn’t be for several men.
How do we get saved? For many, they believe, they would get saved, by joining a Church. So, for them, “Salvation” is membership in a Church. For others, “Salvation” is observing the Sacraments, or certain rituals, or doing good works. For still others, “Salvation” is by observing the Sabbath day. While, there are still those who consider “Salvation” as “Jesus plus good works”.
Reference passages from the Bible:
1. Exodus 15:2; 2. Job 13:16; 3. Psalm 27:1; 4. Psalm 35:3B; 5. Psalm 38:22; 6. Psalm 62:1-2; 7. Psalm 62:5-6; 8. Psalm 118:14; 9. Psalm 118:21; 10. Isaiah 12:2; 11. Isaiah 33:2; 12. Isaiah 62:11; 13. Luke 19:9; 14. Acts 4:12
We, “The Trinitarian All For Jesus Ekklesia Of The Lord God”, uphold the teaching of the Bible that “Salvation” is a Person ( A person is a consciously, self- determining individual ). It is solely/only/exclusively/purely/particularly/specifically/categorically/precisely/exactly the Lord Jesus Christ. No more, no less. No “good works” added!!! So that, “good works” are not prerequisites or requirements, for “Salvation”. Jesus is the “one and only” “Salvation”, taught in the Bible.
In Exodus 15:2, after the Lord Jesus Christ have parted the Red Sea, and saw the Israelites through, He drowned all the hosts of the armies of Egypt, executing His judgment upon them ( He was the “Rock” that followed the Israelites in the desert, led by Moses [ I Corinthians 10:1-4 ], for Moses esteemed the reproach/dishonor of Christ, greater riches than the treasures of Egypt [ Hebrews 11:24-26 ] ). Then, Moses and the Israelites sang this song, “the Lord is my strength and song, and He is become my Salvation”.
In Job 13:16, earlier, Job had to say, “though God slay me, yet will I trust in Him”. Then, he proceeded further, “He also shall be my Salvation…” ( In Job 19:25-27, Job had to say, “for I know that my Redeemer liveth. And that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh, shall I see God, whom I shall see for myself and mine eyes shall behold, and not another, though my reins be consumed within me”. Clearly, the Redeemer taught in the Bible is none other, but the Lord Jesus Christ, never “God the Father”, who is for all eternity, invisible to all people [ John 1:18; I Timothy 6:16 ], neither is it “God the Holy Spirit”. So that, the God of Job, whom he calls, his Redeemer, and whom he says, he will see, and he considers, his “Salvation”, is the Lord Jesus Christ ).
In Psalm 27:1, David had to sing, “the Lord is my Light and my Salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid ( Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the Light of the world”. Paul had to say in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength”. )?”
In Psalm 35:3B, David had to pray, “Lord, say to my soul, I am thy Salvation”.
In Psalm 38:22, David had to sing, “make haste to help me, Oh Lord, my Salvation”.
In Psalm 62:1-2, David had to sing, “for God alone, my soul waits in silence. From Him comes my Salvation. He only/alone is my Rock and my Salvation, my fortress, I shall not be greatly moved”.
In Psalm 62:5-6, David had to reiterate/repeat his song, singing, “for God alone, my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from Him. He only/alone is my Rock and my Salvation, my fortress, I shall not be shaken”.
In Psalm 118:14, the Psalmist had to sing, “the Lord is my strength and song, and is become my Salvation”.
In Psalm 118:21, the Psalmist had to sing further, “Lord, I will praise Thee, for Thou hast heard me, and art become my Salvation”.
In Isaiah 12:2, Isaiah had to write, “behold/look/see, God is my Salvation. I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song. He also is become my Salvation” ( The Almighty God who appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac and unto Jacob, and who spoke to Moses as Jehovah [ Exodus 6:2-3 ] is the same God of Isaiah, and none other, but the Lord Jesus Christ [ I Corinthians 10:1-4; Hebrews 11:24-26; Revelation 1:7-8, 17-18; John 5:22; Revelation 16:7; II Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 21:6; 22:12-13 ]. ).
In Isaiah 33:2, it is written, “Oh Lord, be gracious unto us. We have waited for Thee. Be Thou, their arm every morning, our Salvation also, in the time of trouble”.
In Isaiah 62:11, it is written, “behold/look/see, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, say ye to the daughter of Zion, behold/look/see, thy Salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work, before Him”.
In Luke 19:9, earlier, Jesus had to enter the city of Jericho, and as He got to do so, lots of people followed Him. His fame for healing and miracles, and many signs and wonders, was spectacular/marvelous/striking and remarkable/outstanding/phenomenal. Then, Zacchaeus, a chief publican/tax collector, desiring to see Jesus, could not do so, being of short stature, and because of the crowd, so he had to climb a sycamore tree, to see Jesus. As Jesus passed by, He said to Zacchaeus, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today, I must abide at thy house”. Zacchaeus received Jesus gladly, and brought Him to his house, but many people murmured against Jesus, for they say, Jesus
had gone to be guest with a sinner ( Those days, tax collectors are called sinners, probably because they get to defraud/cheat the people by extortion/swindling ). Then, Zacchaeus had to tell the “Good” Lord Jesus, “Lord, half of my goods, I give to the poor, and if I have defrauded/cheated any man by unjust gain, I will restore to him, fourfold”. Consequently, Jesus had to say, “Zacchaeus, today, Salvation has entered this house” ( It was truly so, for that day, Jesus, being our one and only Salvation, entered the house and the life of Zacchaeus, bringing about a dramatic life- transformation for him. Sinner, turned to saint, all because of Jesus!!! ).
Lastly, we have to reflect on the events that led to the rendering of Acts 4:12: The “Good” Lord God, Jesus Christ, after He had raised up His Manhood, and thus, resurrected, and having already appeared several times to His disciples, He then, visibly ascended up to Paradise/
third heaven, having instructed His disciples to receive the gift of God the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem. Having departed from the mount of Olives, where they last saw Jesus’ physical presence ascend to heaven, the disciples tarried/stayed/remained in Jerusalem, in an upper room, where, together with the other followers of the Lord Jesus, they continued worshipping Him ( Jesus ), at which point, they all then, got baptized in God the Holy Spirit ( and spoke in other tongues ).
On one occasion, while Peter and John ( 2 of Jesus’ disciples ) went to the temple to pray, at about the 9th hour, they saw a lame man ( congenitally/from birth ), begging for alms at about the gate of the temple ( He is daily brought there to beg alms from people that go to the temple ). Having seen the two, he gestured for alms. Then, Peter responded by saying, “silver and gold, I have none, but such as I have, I give to thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk”. And having held the lame man by the right hand, Peter lifted him up. And miraculously, the lame man’s feet and ankle bones received strength, and he was able to stand up. And walking and leaping and praising God, he entered into the temple with Peter and John. The people in the temple were astonished/astounded/awestruck/amazed, and with utter surprise, beheld Peter and John. Then, Peter said to the crowd, “you men of Israel, why look ye at us, as though by our own power and holiness, we have made this man strong. It is by the faith, in the name of Jesus, that this man now, stands before you, healthy and strong”. Later that day, about 5,000 people, accepted Jesus, in their lives.
That same day, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees, imprisoned Peter and John, having been grieved/dismayed/disappointed that Peter and John, have taught the people in the temple, and preached the name of Jesus. The following day, as they released Peter and John from prison, the rulers and elders and scribes in the temple, questioned the two, saying, “by what power or by what name have you done this? Then, Peter, filled with God the Holy Spirit, responded by saying, “if we today, be examined, by what means the lame man was healed and made to walk, be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that it is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you have rejected and crucified, that this man now stands before you, whole”. He proceeded further, “neither is there Salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved”.
Finally, dear friend, the entire “Holy Scriptures” or the “Bible” have made it very clear, that the Lord Jesus Christ, is our “one and only” Salvation, back in the past, now- “in the present”, forever and for all eternity. Will you surrender your all to Jesus, today? He is your Salvation!!! Amen!
– Titus 2:13-14 ( Good works are mere fruits/consequences/outcomes/results/aftermaths of one’s “Salvation” [ Philippians 2:13 ]. )
Indeed, as the song goes, “if you’re saved and you know it, then your life will surely show it!!!” Didn’t Jesus say, “by their fruits, you shall know them!”? The “Good” Lord Jesus bless you all, as you commit/devote your all to Him!
I knelt to pray, but not for long, I had too much to do; Must hurry off, and get to work, for bills would soon be due
And so I said, a hurried pray’r, jumped up from off my knees; My Christian duty, now was done, my soul could be at ease
All through the day, I had no time, to speak a word of cheer; No time to speak, of Christ to friends, they’d laugh at me, I feared
No time! No time! Too much to do, that was my constant cry; No time to give, to those in need, at last ‘twas time to die
And when before, the Lord I came, I stood with downcast eyes; Within His hands, He held a book, it was the book of life
He looked into, the book and said, “your name I cannot find. I once was going, to write it down, but never found the time!”
by: DR. EDMUND PAUL MEDINA