In the first message of the 20/20 series, Pastor Robert shares on the many characteristics of salvation and gives fresh insight on how they apply to your past, present and future.
Salvation is much more than just the assurance of eternal life in heaven. To be “saved” means to be made whole in spirit, soul and body. When we give our lives to the Lord our spirits are immediately saved. Our souls (mind, will and emotions) are in the process of being saved, and our bodies will be saved when we get to heaven.
We receive salvation by placing our faith in Jesus. Salvation cannot be earned, but is the free gift of God. It is eternal life. Salvation means that we receive forgiveness for all our sins—past, present and future. Being saved also means being justified because Jesus took all our sin and its penalty and paid our sentence in full—the justice of God has been satisfied. Salvation is righteousness; when we are saved, Jesus’ righteousness is moved from His “account” to mine. Salvation is redemption (to be “bought back”); Jesus legally bought us back from Satan. Salvation requires total commitment—a complete submission of our will to the Lordship of Christ.