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“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished …” (John 19:28 (NKJV).
“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30 (NKJV)
Salvation was completely accomplished on the cross that day.
According to Strong’s concordance, the word “salvation” includes the concepts of “rescue, safety, deliverance, health, victory, help, success in everything, welfare, save, and liberty.” That is a very exciting and comprehensive package, and it belongs to each one of us who have received Christ. Not that we experience all of these things from the moment we are saved, but they are available to us and by faith we can trust God to work each one of these things into our lives.
The Word tells us that we are to “work out our own salvation” (Philippians 2:12). Our salvation package is akin to Israel being given the Promised Land. Though they had not even entered into it yet, they had God’s assurance that it belonged to them, but they would have to go in and take it one piece at a time. All that salvation offers is our Promised Land, and it is already ours even though we may not be experiencing it yet. It is up to each one of us to understand what God’s sacrifice has provided for us, to believe by faith that we can have it, and then “work it out” by coming into alignment with God’s principals, and see the promises become a reality in our own lives. This is what it is to “take back what the enemy has stolen from us.”
“I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord” (Psalm 116:13).
“Let your mercies come also to me, O Lord, Your salvation according to Your Word” (Psalm 119:41).
“Lord I hope for your salvation and I do your commandments” (Psalm 119: 166).
“Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3).
Questions: What does the word “salvation” mean to you?