Three aspects of the Salvation of man

So great salvation

(Heb.2: 3)

This is a familiar phrase, on which we have meditated many times. Now, we must clearly understand, what is the meaning of this “salvation”? We find this same word appearing in the last verse of the previous chapter, Heb.1: 14. There we read about “…those who will inherit salvation.” Something which we “will inherit” is entirely different from what we have already received as “a free gift.” The book of Hebrews speaks about this salvation which we are going to inherit, and not about the salvation which we already possess.

Salvation consists of three aspects, as shown below


1 Past completed aspect Salvation of the spirit John 3:16, Rom.6:23, Eph.2:8,9
2 Present continuous aspect Salvation of the soul Heb.10:39, 1Pet.1:9, James 1:21
3 Future aspect Salvation of the body 1Cor.15:52, Phil.3:21


The past completed aspect of our salvation

When we, by simple faith accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour, we were born again, we received a new life, which is eternal life (John 3:16), we became the children of God (John 1:12), we were sealed and indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Eph.1:13, 2Cor.1:22), we were added to His body, the Church (Acts 2:47). We received all these spiritual blessings as a free gift (Eph.2:8, 9) because of the substitutionary sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the past completed aspect of our salvation and it can be called the salvation of the spirit.


The present continuous aspect of our salvation

On that day we were regenerated, and from that day onwards, we have the Word of God with us, and the Holy Spirit dwelling in us to teach us and guide us, and the fellowship of His people to encourage us and to edify us. If we continue to yield ourselves to His will and allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us, we will be gradually transformed and become worthy to enter into His coming glorious kingdom. If we are overcome by our fleshly desires, cares of this world and deceitfulness of riches, we will remain immature and be unworthy to partake in our Lord’s glory and power which will be manifested in the Messianic Kingdom. In other words, the present continuous aspect of our salvation, which is the salvation of our soul, will not be accomplished. This continuous work, the Lord wants to do in the soul of each and every saved individual is called the salvation of the soul. The phrase “entry into the kingdom” also refers to the salvation of the soul. The free gift of “the salvation of the spirit” is often erroneously equated to “the entry into the kingdom.”

The “salvation of the soul” is the purpose and goal for which the Lord has given to us “the salvation of the spirit.” The purpose, for which our Lord paid such a great price on the cross to save us, will not be accomplished if we do not allow the salvation of our soul to continually take place in us. The “salvation of the soul” is the main theme of all the epistles written to the churches. Please note that all churches consist of only saved individuals, who already possess the “salvation the spirit.” In fact, “the salvation of the soul” is the main theme of the whole Bible. The Word of God can be understood only by saved individuals (1Cor.2:14). And the Word of God is given to saved individuals to accomplish the salvation of their souls (James 1:21, Heb.4:12) But the meaning and importance of the salvation of the soul is not understood or valued by many.

All the parables of the Lord are given as teachings or warnings for saved individuals to emphasize the importance of “the salvation of the soul” which is the same as “the entry into the kingdom.” The “salvation of the soul” is taught clearly by comparing it to a race, a warfare, a growing on to maturity, etc. Many Old Testament typologies stress the importance of the salvation of the soul. The wilderness journey of the children of Israel is also used in the New Testament to explain and stress the importance of the salvation of the soul.

Dear brother/sister who is born-again and are in Christ, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Heb.2:3)


The Future aspect of our salvation

The salvation of our body does not take place now. The body gradually deteriorates “…till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return” (Gen.3:19). But it will take place entirely on a future date. When our Lord Jesus Christ returns in the glory of His Father with His angels “we shall all be changed” in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (1Cor.15:51, 52). “…we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body” (Phil.3:20, 21)