Salvation

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 ESV)

Salvation is the point at which a person commences a path of existence (through Yeshua: Jesus Christ) where by their 'eternal significance' becomes aligned with God’s path of renewal and a heavenly destination. The Bible calls this being 'born again'. This is a funny expression; a modern analogy might be likened to a computer hard disk being reformatted and reinstalled with a better operating software.

A person can be saved if their knowledge of the Bible is sketchy or even if they believe errors. However, it is critical that a person’s Christology (understanding of the person, nature, and role of Christ) is correct. What a person thinks about Jesus (Yeshua) untimately determines their destiny. People who attack the Bible's inerrancy (inability of being wrong) will have key areas of theological misunderstanding. Similarly theologian’s who find errors in the Bible concerning mistranslation may in turn have key theologies that are correct. So a person’s understanding of the Bible may have very little to do with their salvation.

Safety margins can be found in the 'creedal works’ and ‘milk doctrines' already won by historical saints, apostles, historians and theologians. These key areas include Christ’s deity and His virgin birth. Failure to receive these basic teachings progresses to denying the teachings of the Apostle Paul, then the relevance of the Jews and Israel, the value of the Old Testament and finally the reality of prophecy and the book of Revelation, ultimately a person is deceived through the lens of post-modernism as the final nail in the coffin of sound theology. In essence it is because the voice of the humanistic world becomes louder than the voice of God.

If the above is unclear please see the links below before continuing: 

Salvation prayer

Milk Doctrines

Salvation outside of Yeshua?

A believing Jew puts his trust and faith in the God of Israel for his salvation. We find evidence for this in the life of Abraham. God reckoned Abraham’s faith as righteousness (Genesis 15:6). Importantly there is a sense in which Jews are saved through Yeshua, as enlightened Jews have faith and hope in the suffering servant and coming Messiah king(Talmud: Sanhedrin 98b, Isaiah 53). Prior to the coming Messiah the believing Jew (already saved) would then view the Law as the rule of life rather than the means of salvation. Conversely the un-enlightened Jew, would view the Law as a method of salvation. Ie. salvation by his own works.

The Apostle Paul (a Messianic Jew and expert scholar), spent considerable time distinguishing between 'salvation by works' of the Law versus 'grace through faith’ in the book of Romans. Paul explained the challenge for the unbelieving Jew; that he put his faith in ‘works' to earn salvation (which was impossible before or after Yeshua! Remember Abraham was saved through faith). Paul emphasised that the true believer Jew or Gentile can do nothing to ingratiate himself to God, but had to depend on God's mercy. So while there are many dynamics that can seem bewildering ultimatley we are saved by faith in the Lord God, whome 'post temple dispensation' Gentile believers call Yeshua (Jesus Christ).

Predestination

The topic of predestination can cause a lot of conflict, in essence this is because the 'frame of reference' that is used to try and understand this concept is an earthy time based concept of God one rather than properly appreciating God as the Alpha and the Omega (Before and After i.e. beyond time). To end on an enigma, what we can say from the scriptures is that ‘those who come to believe’ have been known by God becuase of who he is not who we are.

The Bible says that all humanity is dead in their trespasses and sins; and left to their own, they are incapable of salvation. God initiated His own process and elected those He would save; not just in an arbitrary way but through belief in Yeshua (The Lord Jesus Christ). This is not to say the elect is a prerequisite for salvation, as God gives people the grace to believe for which they still have to exercise faith to receive salvation, until a person believes they are still lost in their sin like the non-believer.

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