The word "salvation" in the Bible comes
from the Greek word "sodzo", meaning to "protect", "preserve", "heal", "deliver", "become whole", or, to "keep safe".
"Sodzo", in the King James Version, is translated 93
times as "save", 12 times to become "whole", 4 times to
"heal", once to "do well", and once to "preserve".
We tend to use the word "saved" to describe the
"point in time" when we become a child of God, but, God's Word uses the
Greek word "sodzo" to describe the whole realm of benefits we receive,
past, present, and future. From the moment we become a child of God we
are "being saved". The "future" tense of salvation is when our
salvation is completed, at the Rapture of the Church, as in Romans
8:23, when our physical body is "redeemed".
The word "sodzo" is primarily used in the
"present" tense, to describe our being presently preserved, kept safe
from harm, and delivered from fears, doubts, and the power and
domination of sin in our life. In the present tense, we are actually
"more saved" or "less saved", from one moment to the next, depending on
how much we depend on God and His power instead of depending on our
Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, of Dallas Theological
Seminary, was the first theologian, that I know of, to compile a
comprehensive list of the benefits of our "salvation". Bob Thieme of
Berachah Church in Houston Texas modified Dr. Chafers list and
published it in his book "The Plan of God". Our "salvation package" is
a wonderful gift from God, and using Dr. Chafers basic list as an
outline, and arranging it chronologically according to the Greek verb
tenses, we can see just how wonderful it is!
The tenses of the New Testament Greek verbs tell
us when the action in our "salvation" verses takes place:
--- The Greek "perfect" tense means an action completed in the past,
with continuing results.
--- The Greek "aorist" tense means action at a point in time.
--- The Greek "present" and "future" tenses are just like our English
Listed below are the major provisions of our
"salvation package". These are the benefits that God gives to all His
children, grouped chronologically, as occurring in eternity past
(perfect tenses), at the point in time when we became a child of God
(aorist tenses), present provisions (present tenses), and future
provisions (future tenses). The word "saved" in the New Testament
includes all of the following provisions:
IN ETERNITY PAST (Perfect
1. Placed into the eternal plan of God, to share the destiny of Christ:
a. Elect (chosen) in eternity past, Eph
1:3 & Titus 1:1&2.
b. Given a destiny to be conformed to
the character of Christ, Rom 8:29.
c. A gift from God the Father to Christ,
John 17:2, 6, 9, 11, & 24.
2. Possessors of every spiritual blessing, provided in eternity past,
3. Perfected forever (in the mind of God in eternity past), Heb 10:14.
THE POINT IN TIME WHEN WE
BECAME A CHILD OF GOD (Aorist tense verbs):
1. Born anew, 1 Pet 1:23.
2. Delivered from the power of darkness, Col 1:13.
3. Transferred into the kingdom of God, Col 1:13.
4. Baptized into permanent union with Christ by the Holy Spirit, 1 Cor
5. Sealed (permanently) by the Holy Spirit into union with Christ, Eph
1:13 & 14.
6. Indwelt (permanently) by the Holy Spirit, 1 Cor 3:16
7. Made spiritually alive (activated human spirit), and able to hear and believe the Gospel, Rom 8:7-10, 1 Cor 1:18 & 2:14.
8. Given spiritual gifts, 1 Cor 12:4-7.
9. Given everlasting life, 1 John 5:11.
10. Made to be complete in Christ, Col 2:10.
11. Called by the Gospel, 1 Thess 5:24.
12. Reconciled to God, 2 Cor 5:18 (Christ settled the enmity
(hostility) and made peace between God and His children, whether we
realize it or not).
13. Redeemed (from the slave market of sin), Col 1:14.
14. All sins forgiven through propitiation (covered), Rom 3:24
15. Justified (declared righteous positionally), Rom 3:24.
16. Made to be dead with Christ (positionally) and made alive to God,
17. Sanctified (perfectly cleaned up and set apart positionally), 1 Cor
18. Freed from the Old Testament Law, Gal 3:23-25.
19. Adopted as adult sons of God, Rom 8:15
20. Placed on a secure foundation, Eph 2:19-22.
21. Appointed as priests unto God (replacing the Old Testament
priesthood), 1 Peter 2:5 & 9.
22. Given permanent access to God, Eph 2:18.
23. Became joint heirs with Christ and beneficiaries of all that God
owns, Rom 8:15-17.
PRESENTLY (Present tense
1. Being led by the Spirit of God, Rom 8:14.
2. Being sanctified, Heb 2:11 (in our experience)
3. Being delivered (as we walk in the Spirit) from the power of the old
sin nature, Col 2:10-13.
4. Presently under the special care of God as the peculiar (set apart)
people of God, 1 Pet 2:9.
5. Partners with Christ, 1 Cor 1:9 (fellowship here means to "share"
Christ's life with Him).
6. Our mind is being renewed, Col 3:9 & 10
7. Condemnation is removed when we walk in the Spirit, Rom 8:1.
8. Objects of God's Love, Eph 2:4.
9. Objects of God's Grace for service, Eph 4:7.
10. Objects of God's grace for instruction, Titus 2:11 & 12
11. Objects of God's power for believing and trusting in Him, Eph 1:19.
12. Objects of God's faithfulness, Phil 1:6.
13. Objects of God's peace, John 14:27.
14. Objects of God's consolation, 2 Thess 2:16.
15. Objects of God's intercession, Rom 8:34.
16. Appointed as workers together with God, 1 Cor 3:9.
17. Appointed as ministers of the New Testament, 2 Cor 3:6.
18. Appointed as ambassadors, 2 Cor 5:20.
19. Appointed as living epistles, 2 Cor 3:3.
20. Appointed as members of Christ's body, 1 Cor 12:13.
21. Appointed as a part of the bride of Christ, Eph 5:27.
IN OUR FUTURE (Future
1. Our redemption is complete when we receive our resurrection body at
the Rapture, Rom 8:23.
2. We will be glorified, Romans 8:30. (God sees this as already
completed, as far as He is concerned, in this passage. But, it is still
future to us).
3. God has made us kings and we will rule with him forever, Rev 22:5.
This is our marvelous "salvation package" Now, we can understand what
--- In Phil 1:12 when he said to: "Be working out (present tense) your
own "salvation" (benefits of being a child of God) with fear
--- And in 1 Tim 4:13-16 where he tells Timothy to teach the Word and
by doing so, he will "both save (future tense - deliver from harm and
the effects of sin) thyself and them that hear thee"
Stay in fellowship, take in God's Word, and grow in God's Grace, and
you will be receiving all the benefits of your "salvation package".