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What It Means To Be Truly Saved!

“Christian, take good care of thy faith; for faith is the only way whereby thou canst obtain blessings. If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith. Prayer cannot draw down answers from God's throne except it be the earnest prayer of the man who believes. Faith is the angelic messenger between the soul and the Lord Jesus in glory. Let that angel be withdrawn, we can neither send up prayer, nor receive the answers. Faith is the telegraphic wire which links earth and heaven - on which God's messages of love fly so fast, that before we call he answers, and while we are yet speaking he hears us. But if that telegraphic wire of faith be snapped, how can we receive the promise? Am I in trouble? I can obtain help for trouble by faith. Am I beaten about by the enemy? My soul on her dear Refuge leans by faith. But take faith away and in vain I call to God. There is no road betwixt my soul and heaven. In the deepest wintertime faith is a road on which the horses of prayer may travel-aye, and all the better for the biting frost; but blockade the road, and how can we communicate with the Great King? Faith links me with divinity. Faith clothes me with the power of God. Faith engages on my side the omnipotence of Jehovah. Faith ensures every attribute of God in my defence. It helps me to defy the hosts of hell. It makes me march triumphant over the necks of my enemies. But without faith how can I receive anything of the Lord? Let not him that wavereth -who is like a wave of the Sea- expect that he will receive anything of God! O, then, Christian, watch well thy faith; for with it thou canst win all things, however poor thou art, but without it thou canst obtain nothing. "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."
(C. .H. Spurgeon)

Ephesians 2:8-9

saved – Greek: sṓzō (sode'-zo):
·         To save, that is, deliver or protect (literally or figuratively) - heal, preserve, make whole (Strong’s Greek Dictionary)
·         To save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction; to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health; to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue; to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance (Thayer’s Greek Definitions)
·         To save, rescue, deliver; to heal; by extension: to be in right relationship with God, with the implication that the condition before salvation was one of grave danger or distress (Mounce)
·         Safety, deliverance, preservation from danger or destruction; deliverance from sin and its spiritual consequences; deliverance from present danger or trouble;  salvation is not merely deliverance from future punishment; it includes also freedom from sin as a present power (The Complete Word Study Dictionary)
·         To save, deliver, make whole, preserve safe from danger, loss, destruction; deliverance from disease or demon possession; the rescue of physical life from some impending peril; salvation from eternal death, sin, and the punishment and misery consequent to sin. To save, and (by implication), to give eternal life; to rescue from peril, to protect, keep alive. Sṓzō involves the preservation of life, either physical or spiritual; the preservation of physical life (deliverance from physical death, sickness or peril) or spiritual life (deliverance from sin, Satan and hell); material and temporal deliverance from danger, suffering, sickness; the spiritual and eternal salvation granted immediately by God to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; the present experiences of God's power to deliver from the bondage of sin; the future deliverance of believers at the second coming of Christ for His saints, being deliverance from the wrath of God to be executed upon the ungodly at the close of this age and from eternal doom; inclusively for all the blessings bestowed by God on men in Christ (Vine’s)
·         The term salvation implies somewhat more than a state of recovery from a state in which before the sinner was lost, but it includes everything that is blessed in that state of recovery. The lost soul is not only brought out of bondage and the shadow of death, but brought into the liberty of the sons of God. So that in salvation is meant a release from all evil, and an introduction into all that is good. A right and interest in all temporal, spiritual and eternal blessings, is the sure consequence. Everlasting life, with all its preliminaries, for it hath the promise of "the life that now is, and of that which is to come." (Hawker’s Concordance)

How did you get saved? Did you earn it, merit it, or deserve it? God in His great love has provided them. Faith is not trying to get God to do something. Faith is receiving and laying hold of what God has already done. “Salvation” in its fullness exists, it’s real, it’s in the spiritual realm; faith reaches over and takes hold of what is already true in the spiritual realm and makes it manifest in this realm, in the physical realm. This understanding makes a huge difference in our ability to receive. Rather than us doing certain things - and then God responds to those things and it becomes real - we realize that it’s already done, it’s already real, in the spiritual world, and we just need to take hold of it by God’s grace through faith.

salvation – Greek: sōtēría (so-tay-ree'-ah):
·         The Hebrew and Greek words for salvation imply the ideas of deliverance, safety, preservation, healing, and soundness. Salvation is the great inclusive word of the Gospel, gathering into itself all the redemptive acts and processes: as justification, redemption, grace, propitiation, imputation, forgiveness, sanctification, and glorification. (Scofield Study Notes)
·         Salvation is in three tenses: (1) The believer has been saved from the guilt and penalty of sin and is safe. (2) the believer is being saved from the habit and dominion of sin. (3) The believer is to be saved in the sense of entire conformity to Christ. Salvation is by grace through faith, is a free gift, and wholly without works. (Scofield Study Notes)
·         Fourfold salvation: saved from the penalty, power, presence and most importantly the pleasure of sin. (A.W. Pink)

Grace: The unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor of God toward man manifested primarily through the person and the finished work of Jesus Christ apart from any merit or works of man.
We must understand that salvation from sin and eternal death, as well as divine healing, wholeness and deliverance, are not a result of our religious performance, efforts, or attempts to earn them. We receive them solely by grace through faith…
“Most religions require specific duties that must be performed to make a person acceptable to a god. Christianity is unique in that no good deed that we do will make us right with God. No amount of human achievement or personal goodness will close the gap between God's moral perfection and our imperfect daily performance. Good deeds are important, but they will not earn us eternal life (or healing). We are saved only by trusting in what God has done for us.” (Life Application Study Bible)

Faith is not trying to get God to do something. God has actually already done it. (Eph. 1:3; 2 Pt 1:2-4) We take hold of God’s gifts of grace through faith. This is entering that New Testament Sabbath rest - perfect rest provided by the finished work of Christ. We “cease from our own works…” (Heb 4:9-12)
God’s Word contains His faith. God’s Word is faith food. Faith grows out of the Word of God (you don’t get more by begging or pleading for more). Faith in God is faith in His Word. Faith is built on the Word of God, not feelings, experiences, opinions, or men’s theories. As we hear the Word of God about our salvation, healing and deliverance, God’s faith comes so that we can believe the good news of our full salvation.

Faith appropriates what grace has already provided. Through faith we accept God’s free gift of “salvation” that was provided by grace. The Greek word that was translated “saved” is in the perfect tense; this means that something was done and completed in the past yet continues to have present results. God’s grace has already provided all spiritual blessings in Christ (Eph 1:3), and our faith reaches out to God and receives the benefits. Greek scholar Kenneth S. Wuest translated this verse, “For by grace have you been saved in time past completely, through faith, with the result that your salvation persists through present time; and this (salvation) is not from you as a source.” We are not saved by grace alone. We are saved by grace through faith. Faith grants us admission to God’s grace. Without faith, God’s grace is wasted, and without grace, faith is powerless. Faith in God’s grace has to be released to receive what God has provided through Christ.
Rom 5:2; 4:16: “The promise depends on faith so that it can be experienced as a grace gift.” (TPT)