Salvation the hope

Nearly every believer in Jesus says they are saved.  They completely ignore that our New Testament speaks of God calling things that are not as if they were.  When confronted by this, we say not in our gospel you don’t.

If Paul was so certain of the fact of the believer’s salvation, why did he tell the believer to put on the hope of salvation for their spiritual armor?

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,[1]

Why would Paul speak of a hope of salvation to a believer?  If these believers had salvation there would be no need for hoping would there?  I mean really, who hopes for what he has?  Paul even taught nobody hopes for what he has.

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.[2]

Wait for it!  We wait for it.  Then it must not mean that those who are waiting and looking for the return of Jesus to bring them their salvation, are hoping for Him to save them physically only.  It must mean what Paul says, that our salvation is a hope.

Peter even agrees that our salvation is but a hope.  For he too says we have been birthed into hope.  This hope comes to us through the resurrection of Christ.  Peter further says that by our faith we are shielded by God’s power until guess what?  Until the coming of salvation, not a tense of salvation, physical salvation but salvation to be revealed in the last time.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.[3]

Have we forgotten that Jesus is our salvation?  That He is to be revealed in all His glory at His coming.  Have we forgotten the testimony of Simeon?  Jesus is our salvation that is to be revealed in the day of His coming.

For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,[4]

The scriptural teaching of our salvation being a hope that we wait for patiently until the coming of the one who is to bring us our salvation, is agreed to by the writers of Hebrews.

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.[5]

We all know Christ bore our sins when He came the first time, how is it nearly all of us have somehow missed the teaching in scripture that we as believers have a coming hope of salvation at Christ return?  Oh I know how this happened.  We ignore the other scriptural teaching that God calls things that are not as if they were when scripture speaks of our hope of salvation as a done deal.

Could this hope of salvation to come to us at Christ return be the reason why scripture over and over again uses certain words?  You know like deposit, guaranteed, assurance and heirs.  All words that imply something hoped for, longed for, yet not quite possessed by the one doing the hoping.

Because of this hope we are urged not to receive the grace of God in vain. 

We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.[6]

[1] 1 Thessalonians 5:8-9

[2] Romans 8:24-25

[3] 1 Peter 1:3-5

[4] Luke 2:30

[5] Hebrews 9:28

[6] 2 Corinthians 6:1

4 thoughts on “Salvation the hope

  1. Hmm….still not sure about all this “hope of salvation” being our personal salvation. This post is riddled with proof-texting, taking single verses out of their meant context, to fit into the justification of this whole waiting for salvation thing. If you are going to claim interpreting the gospel with the gospel as your blog’s title proclaims then context is key, you have to stay within the intended context of the whole of the writing, not just the verse you use to prove your point. I notice all your verses are in the KJV translation, do you use any other translations to read side by side before you write these? I ask because not every English translation is perfect, where it may be accurate for certain words, it may muddy others. Using multiple English translations can give you a better scope of the intended meaning of the original Greek. For example, your first verse, 1 Thess. 5:8-9, when read in multiple translations, also taken in context with the rest of chapter 5 and the whole of 1 Thess, that what Paul is speaking of is living correctly, that we, in the light, that is we in Christ, are to live “clothed” in love and faith and hope of His return where we will be counted as delivered when the world is judged, not counted as those who will receive His wrath. As for your Romans verse you say it can’t mean just our bodies, yet in verse 23 just before 24 it say our bodies, as it does in verse 11 as well, with the whole context issue being summed up in verse 10 where it says though our spirits are alive in Him our bodies are dead through sin. So, keeping in context, Romans 8 is speaking of the salvation of all of creation, which includes our physical bodies to match our living spirits, bringing us back to verse 23 stating our whole bodies will be redeemed, as in our whole selves, not just spiritually as we live now. Now with your 3rd verse point with 1 Peter 1:3-5, the choice of the KJV seems to muddy the point in its poeticness. The point seems to be our heavenly inheritance, which according to scripture is the Kingdom, God’s reign, and our lives lived in it, as it was in the garden, so again a universal context. Also other translation begin verse 5 with meanwhile, showing a transition from the universal to the personal context, where through our trust we are kept by God’s power where our deliverance will be revealed to the world in those Last Days. So, it seems to be saying our status as delivered, by our faith in Christ, will be revealed to the world when the world will be judged, where some will be shown their condemnation by their rejection. Finally Lets look at Hebrews. Hebrews is tough book, because each chapter is written in a way that each chapter’s teaching is built up from the previous chapters, that is to understand the teaching of any given chapter you have to understand what the previous chapters were trying to say. So to use Hebrews 9:28 as you do shows a lack of understanding of Hebrews 1-8, which by its successive teaching points to the High Priestly sacrifice of Christ is the basis of our salvation and not of the adherence to the law. Now if we are using gospel according to the gospel as this blog states, then the salvation spoken of here in Heb. 9:28 as coming with His second coming, is the very same deliverance spoken of in your 1 Thess. verse which is the global deliverance of those both alive and dead IN CHRIST, and the same deliverance in your Romans, which is global in context, and in your 1 Peter verse that is global in context.

    • Rwawok,

      I appreciate you comments and would like to address them for they are a very important study. I would like to hopefully address indirectly at first my position that we have not received our salvation by using today’s post. I hope to address the questions more directly from your study when I get a chance.

      May I ask a question of you?

      Do you believe in once saved always saved?

      Keep up the good study. You are way ahead of the Christian curve.

      • Truth be told I don’t know. I did, early on in my faith, but I’ve seen close friends, near and dear to my heart, fall away after exuberant faith. Would I love to see them call Christ their Lord and savior again? Definitely. But ultimately that is in God’s hands, and in His sovereignty if He chooses to accept them back or not, He is God

  2. Robert I would encourage you to start reading my tab called “The Book”. read about five chapters and tell me what you think. It may give you a different perspective on salvation.

Give me a piece of your mind, let me know what you thought.

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