Salvation is the “preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss” (Oxford 2014). Search the Scriptures and you’ll soon discover the hopeful promise that it lays out for all mankind: “[…] all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our Elohim” (Isaiah 52:10, KJV). In other words, we shall all witness the Heavenly Father’s deliverance of a select group of people from harm’s way. Many believe that salvation is a heartfelt experience; however, the Bible leads us to understand something unique about it.
Prior to making mention as to how we shall all witness Elohim’s salvation, this study will first express why salvation should also be your hope.
Salvation is not about a religious institution’s creeds or belief system; it’s all about hope, “a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen” explains the Oxford English Dictionary (2014). So, if hope is a feeling of expectation that includes this sense of a yearning desire for a specific event, then what one event do we expect? Of all the many wonderful biblical promises that the Bible has to offer, Paul said it best when he penned, “[…] we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when Elohim will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us” (Romans 8:23).
What, then, is our hope? This is our hope – the transformation of our mortal bodies to one that is no longer subject to sin or death otherwise referred to as eternal life (reference Hebrews 6:18 and 2 Corinthians 5:2-4). In fact, the Bible clarifies the matter a bit further.
50 These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever. 51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. 54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’ (1 Corinthians 15:50a-54).
“Soon, […] death will not be your fate!” the Bible says (Isaiah 51:14). This is because death shall be no more (reference Revelation 21:4). Instead of suffering the much travail this current life offers, we will one day rejoice and proclaim, “Our Elohim is a Elohim who saves! The Sovereign Hashem rescues us from death” (Psalm 68:20).
Some may ridicule of our genuine, heartfelt passion for this wonderful biblical promise of eternal life, the condition where we continue to live onward without suffering from mortality. However, the Bible encourages us further: “Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This (i.e., their haughty behavior) will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by Elohim himself” (Philippians 1:28). From what, then, can we be possibly saved from? “Now we will be saved from our enemies and from all who hate us” (Luke 1:71). In other words, we will be preserved from the many dangers that are specifically reserved for the wicked along with their ridicule. How, then, will our salvation be made known to the entire world? The prophet Isaiah foretold of a future event that we also continue to look forward to.
6 In Jerusalem, Hashem of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world. It will be a delicious banquet with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat. 7 There he will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth. 8 He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign Hashem will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. Hashem has spoken! 9 In that day the people will proclaim, “This is our Elohim! We trusted in him, and he saved us! This is Hashem, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!” (Isaiah 25:6-9)
Doesn’t this sound wonderful? These passages promise righteous, godly people with the hopeful promise of eternal life. Our bodies will no longer be subject to sickness, illness or disease. Our bodies will no longer be subject to pain or suffering. Our bodies will no longer be subject to death.
Yes, “He (i.e., Yeshua) will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his [very] own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control” (Philippians 3:21). Afterwards, we who have had this hopeful promise of eternal life will celebrate a grand feast in recognition of Yeshua's sovereign authority over matters pertaining to sin and death. Provided such a wonderful hope, we desire Messiah to Come ever so quickly (reference Romans 8:24)! Salvation is not about what we feel or now believe; it’s about what will soon take place when Messiah blows the shofar (reference 1 Corinthians 15:19): “[…] this hope that we profess will not lead us to disappointment. For we know how dearly Elohim loves us […]” (Romans 5:5).
Consider what The Prophet Isaiah wrote: "And those who die in Hashem will live; their bodies will rise again! Those who sleep in the earth will rise up and sing for joy! For your life-giving light will fall like dew on your people in the place of the dead!" (Isaiah 26:19)
After mentioning why salvation is our hope, this study will now express the dangers that we expect to be preserved from.
Since Elohim’s wrath has been revealed to all of mankind, the Bible warns righteous men and women to refuse themselves from being easily persuaded by those who suppress the truth with pompous words (reference Ephesians 5:6). Instead, we are commended to embrace the Bible's instructions and look forward to the Heavenly Father’s salvation which will preserve us from such a devastating ruin that are reserved for all the wicked and unrighteous ones (reference 1 Peter 1:13b). The Bible teaches that Elohim’s wrath has been revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. This wrath is against those who suppress the truth as aforementioned, a wrath that is expected to be poured upon with a devastating destruction of both fire and brimstone (reference Romans 1:18 & Revelation 14:10).
"My salvation is on the way” (Isaiah 51:5b), the prophet declared. But, what exactly does this mean? This means that the Heavenly Father has already designed a means by which He plans to deliver His chosen people from all the harm and ruin destined for ungodly and unrighteous people. This also means that that such preservation from such destructive harm, ruin and eminent danger is soon to be made manifest. In fact, the Bible declares that before Elohim pours out his wrath upon the wicked, He will have already designated the righteous from the wicked by the his seal of approval: “They were told not to harm the grass or plants or trees, but only the people who did not have the seal of Elohim on their foreheads” (Revelation 9:4).
This study will now end with a few words.
How, then, can we be preserved from such a wrath? By means of Messiah Yeshua: “[…] Messiah died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28). How, then, can we escape from such a devastating wrath expected to be poured upon ungodly people? The solution is quite simple.
9 In fact, it says, ‘The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.’ And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: 10 If you confess with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord and believe in your heart that Elohim raised Yeshua from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9-10).
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