The entire world of people that have been, that exist now and will be born before the time of the end, all require Salvation. There is no one that can enter Heaven unless they go through the Son of God as written in John 10. Furthermore, concerning anyone's righteousness, in Romans 3:23-24 (23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (24) and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." In verse 25 we read that the "sacrifice was a propitiation in His Blood through faith."
Salvation has three meanings because it is not simply a one blanket statement in the Word of God. There is three tenses: Past, Present and Future when describing Salvation. In a brief summary, below are the aspects with some quick scriptural references:
1. Past Aspect of Salvation - Penalty of Sins paid for to give entrance into God's presence
When a person accepts in Faith the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross then the sins are erased, forgiven and the penalty of eternal damnation is removed. This gives entrance into Heaven for eternity with God. The Old Testament person has the same method of believing in Faith that God would accept the sacrifices done which point to God's sacrifice, of Himself, which is pointed to throughout the Old Testament scriptures. Hebrews 10:7, Jesus says that the volume of the book is written of Him.
In Genesis 22:8 KJV "Abraham answered Isaac question, "And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.", notice the part God providing an offering. This is not simply words but taken literally it points to the Son on the Cross who will be offered up as sacrifice for the sins of the entire world. It was done in the exact same spot which Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac but God provided a Ram. Ram is a male sheep.
In what is described as the Holy Of Holies in the Old Testament, read the
entire chapter of Isaiah 53. It describes the
Messiah being beaten, bruised, taken to the slaughter, cut
off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people he was
stricken. There is so much beauty in this chapter that cannot be
addressed in such a short space on this topic, so read it yourself where you
will be amazed.
In 1 Peter 3:18 "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:"
2. Present Aspect - Power given to the Believer to not sin and not be under the judgement of sin
There many, many scriptures dealing with possible victory for the Believer to overcome the satanic powers that come against us which can cause us to sin along with our own selfishness that acts contrary to the perfect nature of God. Not one of us are completely victorious and free of sin. It is process where we hopefully sin less and less as we spiritually mature in our walk with the Lord that will only be perfected when we receive our new bodies 2 Cor 5:2.
In Romans 6:6-7 "(6) Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (7) For he that is dead is freed from sin."
In Romans 6:14 "For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace."
Note: Grace can be described as getting anything that is not deserved like a gift. An acronym for Grace has been described as "God's Riches At Christ's Expense". Mercy is not getting punished for acts we have done, which is forgiveness.
In Romans 8:31-33 "(31) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (32) He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (33)Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth."
3. Future Aspect - To enter Heaven for eternity. To inherit rewards God has for us based on merit.
This is the wonderful Good News that once we accept in Faith the death of Jesus the Christ for our sins where God gets the Glory as we did nothing to earn it and no one can then boast, we can enter Heaven for eternity.
In John 10:28-30, Jesus is speaking: "(28) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (29) My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. (30) I and my Father are one."
In John 17:12 "While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled."
To Inherit in Eternity:
In 1 Peter 1:4 "To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you."
The most well known verses, dealing with rewards and loss is 1 Cor 3:12-15 "(12) Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; (13) Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. (14) If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. (15) If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."
The second most well known verse dealing with rewards in eternity is 1 Cor 9:24 "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize."
So our actions in our earthly lives do matter so that we can inherit and not
experience loss of rewards, stations, titles and positions in eternity.
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