II. Time Salvation (In Time Present)
B. Salvation as We See Us (Our Perception)
1) Time Salvation deals with our Judicial Justification; which is revealed at the Cross of Calvary, where Jesus Christ made Atonement for our sins; being our Substitute, our Sacrifice, and our Savior for our sin debt:
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Here, in His Atonement on the Cross, Christ was the Ransom Payment made for the penalty of our sin, its punishment, and its power. Here we were Redeemed (Ephesians 1:7); Justified (Romans 3:24:25); and Reunited to Him (Romans 5:1-21). (Also see 1 Corinthians 1:30.)
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” (Romans 3:24)
“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” (Romans 3:25)
2) But for us to perceive this Judicial Justification in time, we must be Regenerated by the Spirit of God. (See Romans 8:14-16; John 3:3-8; Galatians 4:5-6; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.)
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” (Romans 8:16)
When this happens, Confession comes by the believer:
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10)
The believer comes to see he is a son of God, crying, “Abba, Father.” He perceives he is saved in the Atonement of Christ on the Cross (Romans 5:1-21).
3) The Gospel of Jesus Christ is used to reveal the Work of Regeneration in a person:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)
For in the Gospel, “is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith.”
4) The Believer comes to see Ephesians 2:1-3, 8-9; John 15:16a.
C. Salvation as Others See Us (Our Practice)
1. In Sanctification (Our Witness)
1) This deals with the Regenerated man’s walk; or his outward testimony that he is a Child of God.
2) This outward witness is manifested in the saved man’s fruit-bearing, as he walks in Holiness, Love, Joy, Peace, and Power. (See John 15:1-16; Galatians 5:22-23; Romans 6:1-22; John 14:15; James 2:14-26; 1 John 3:14-24; 4:7-21.)
3) God’s Regenerated People have been ordained to bear fruit, and that this fruit remain (Ephesians 2:10; John 15:16b-c):
“… ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain…” (John 15:16)
2. In Sustainment (In Security; In Preservation)
1) Called Preservation and Perseverance of the saints in this life.
2) This is on a spiritual level and a physical level. It is a daily salvation on the earthly journey.
a) Spiritually, God keeps our Position in Christ; and He keeps our mind.
b) Physically, God keeps our physical life, our bodies, until the ordained day of death.
3) See 1 Corinthians 1:18:
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
a) Notice this verse says literally, we are being “saved” in this life by the Power of God.
b) See Romans 8:29-39; Psalms 121:1-6; 23:1-6. God is our constant Shield and Buckler; our Salvation from all enemies (Psalms 27:1-).
Therefore, our Salvation in Time includes as we see ourselves, our perception; and as others see us, our practice, our walk, our testimony, as manifested by the fruit of the Spirit borne in the daily life of the believer. Others see that we are changed, or Sanctified, and that we are Sustained in this change. They see the Regenerated are new creatures; have a new walk, a new desire, new speech, and a new work of love, joy, etc.
This is Salvation in Time – in the spiritual and in the physical, in the spirit and in the body of the believer – as seen by himself and by others.