A bibical word whose meaning has been recently changed is the word Saved. In the twenitieth century, christians have altered its menaing, so that saved is understood to mean “converted”. But it is not so used in the Scriptures. When Jesus said, ” He who endures to the end shall be SAVED”, was he saying that he that endures to the end shall be “converted”? Or when Paul wrote, ” Now is our Salvation nearer than when we first believed”, was he saying that our Salvation is a future reward for faithful saints and that we should strive to be found worthy to receive it (Luke 13:24). Who, then, first altered the definition of Salvation to mean ” conversion”? I do not know. But I do know that it is a definition foreign to the scriptures and that it is non-biblical to claim that we are “saved” merely because we are converted to Christ.
So often, we tend to accept life as it is handed to us, and sometimes we are not harmed in doing so. But to receive without questionthe religious doctrines handed to us is extremely dangerous to our spiritual health. Isn’t it revealing, concerning our priorites, that none of us would tolerate a dirty dish in a restaurant, yet so few have diligently serarched the scriptures to ascertain the cleanliness of the doctrines we are asked to receive?
Eating from a dirty spiritual dish is what happens when we blindly receive christianity’s new definition of salvation, a definition which would have us to confess that we are already “saved” merely because we have been converted. It is astounding thatso few seem to have noticed that this modern usage of the word Saved differs singnificantly from biblical usage. Biblically speaking , conversion is the blessing of God available Now in christ fro all who repent of their Sins; salvation, however, is the reward which is promised o converts if they are faithful to christ after their Conversion (Heb. 5:8-9). Conversion and salvation are not the same EXPERIENCE!
Salvation is most frequenly mentioned in the New Testament as a future HOPE, not as a past-nor even a present experience. Sometimes saved is used in the present tense with the menaning of “heealed” or “protected”, but the notion among many modern Christians that a believer is already saved and his future secure regardless of his works in this life is absoulutely foreign to the bible.
When the rich young ruler asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal Life, Jesus responded, ” If you would enter into life, Keep the commandments”(Mat.19:17). Please note that accourding to Jesus the way to Salvation is the way of Obedience to the commandments of God. Why else would Jesus point the wealthy young man to the commandments of God as the answer to his Question? My dear friends, as much as our carnal nature would love to have it so, there is no formula, no Ceremony, No single event or confession which can save anyone. Salvation is glorification-God’s futre reward for his obedient children. None of us has received that yet.
Jesus warned us not to belive that a mete confession of faith in him will save us. He said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, Shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven.” Nor is merely knowingwhat is right suffficient, for “not the hearers of the law are Just before God, But the Doers of the Law shall be Justified”(Rom. 2:13). Nor should we believe that the presence of spiritual gifts and powers will suffice, for the Lord said, ” Manny shall say in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” There is no way around it- we must obey God’s will if we hope to be saved in the end. “Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord” , Says Hebrews 12:14. The truth is never more complicated than that.