Denine Douglas, Founder
Revelation Blessings Seminar in partnership with
Harvest Ministries, Perris CA
sal•va•tion (sal vâ/shen), n. [ME. salvacioun; OFr. sauvation; L. salvatio < salvatus, pp. of salvare, to save], 1. a saving or being saved; preservation from destruction; rescue. 2. a person or thing which is a means, cause, or source of preservation or rescue. 3. in theology, spiritual rescue from sin and death; saving of the soul through the atonement of Jesus; redemption.
Salvation is one of the promises of God to all believers: to be given the gift of eternal life. To be "saved" in the full sense of the word means to have received eternal life. The word salvationis also used to describe the process we go through before we can receive eternal life. (In a few scriptures "saved" refers to redemption, one of the steps in the process of salvation.) Here are two of many verses about eternal life:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Before we go on, please take a moment to note that the consequences of not being saved are perishing and death. Absolutely nothing was said about being condemned to torment in some sort of eternal hellfire. Romans 6:23, for example, does not say "For the wages of sin is eternal torment in hell."
As explained on the previous page, about God's promises, those who receive eternal life at the time of Jesus' return will no longer be flesh and blood mortal beings as we are today. They will be spirit beings, like angels, as explained by Jesus:
For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven. (Mark 12:25)
When Jesus was raised from the dead, He was a spirit being, but was apparently able to appear as a physical being at will (see Luke 24:13-53). The apostle Paul explained that those who are resurrected to eternal life at Jesus' return will be raised from the dead with an incorruptible - not flesh and blood - spiritual body:
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown [the body goes to the grave] in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43. It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44)