WHEN ARE WE SAVED?
When are we saved? This is a controversy caused mainly by two separate verses that give two different meanings.
We have all heard it before: “I got saved on such and such a date.”
Is this correct? Can one be saved on a particular day. What about after that person goes back into sin? Worse yet, what if that person backslides and never goes back into belief? Is that person still saved? Something just does not add up.
To begin, let us look at what appears, and are largely taken to be, two conflicting verses from the Bible. First, we have this from the Messiah in Matthew 10:
Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Then later on, we have this spoken by the Apostle Sha’ul:
Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Master Yahusha, and shalt believe in thine heart that YAHUAH hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
On the surface, both seem to be two diametrically opposed statements; but are they? We shall soon see.
CHRISTIAN BELIEF IN INSTANT SALVATION
Many Christians latch onto the latter (Romans 10:9) from Apostle Sha’ul, taking it to mean an instant salvation. They will tell you that all you have to do is believe and instantly you are saved.
They don’t seem to care that the Messiah takes sovereignty over Sha’ul and that Sha’ul was simply following the Messiah. As a result, he therefore could not be contradicting the Messiah. Sha’ul told us plainly here who he followed:
1 Co 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Messiah.
So if there is any contradiction, it must be our understanding of what Sha’ul was saying that must be lacking. Hence, it CANNOT be that the Messiah Yahusha was wrong! Indeed, that is how we must look on all of Sha’ul’s writings as Peter told us in 2 Peter 3.
Peter was actually telling us that we have to make sure we are “found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” in order for us to have salvation (be saved). In other words, we have to be found perfect, even as the Messiah told us in Matthew 5:48. Take a look at what Peter said:
2Pe 3:13 – 14 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
He then went on to tell us that our salvation is dependent on the longsuffering of the Messiah, which actually is telling us that our salvation is not instantaneous.
2 Pe 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Master is salvation; even as our beloved brother Sha’ul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
Notice, he is saying that is what Sha’ul wrote about: a salvation in which one had to be found in peace, without spot and blameless on that day, a salvation of longsuffering, not an instantaneous one.
Now alarmingly, he went on to tell us how Sha’ul is misunderstood by the unlearned. Unlearned in what? Torah (the law)!!!
2 Peter 3:15-16 …even as our beloved brother Sha’ul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Peter tells us that Sha’ul’s writings are hard to understood by the unlearned and unstable. This is your Christian of today. Unlearned in Torah and the prophets so they do not understand where Sha’ul is coming from.
Notice he said they wrest with this fact (that salvation is longsuffering) and with other scriptures to their destruction. That is your Christianity of today.
WHAT DOES SHA’UL (PAUL) MEAN?
So let us see what Sha’ul really meant if he was not contradicting the Messiah. In so doing, we will see him saying that the longsuffering of the Messiah is salvation (as Peter said in 2 Peter 3:15).
Rom 10:8-9 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Master Yahusha, and shalt believe in thine heart that YAHUAH hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
WHEN ARE WE SAVED? MEANING OF SHALT
Now that really sounds like he was saying there is immediate salvation, doesn’t it? Except, let us look at the word “shalt.”
Notice Sha’ul did not say “you are saved.” He said thou shalt or shall be saved. That is the first step. Now, what is the significance of shalt or shall? Let us look at the meaning of the word “shall.”
shall – used to say that something is expected to happen in the future.
Wow. That alone solves it. Shalt be saved was in reference to the future, just as the Messiah said in Matthew 10:22 (he that endureth to the end). However, we must go further as the following verses also seems to imply an immediate salvation.
Rom 10:10-13 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Master over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of YAHUAH shall be saved.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTEXT IN UNDERSTANDING SHA’UL (PAUL)
Verse 10 seems to imply that everyone who simply calls on YAHUAH shall be saved! Immediate salvation? Is that what Sha’ul was saying?
Alas, it would seem so, but Sha’ul’s writings must be taken in context. If his verses are isolated, we stand a great chance of being deceived. In addition, every single word has to be evaluated in context. So it must be: context, context, context!
THE PROCESS OF SALVATION
Now just after telling us that whosoever calls on the name of YAHUAH shall be saved, he went ahead and said:
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
That right there is a process of our salvation. For us to be saved, we first have to believe. Now what does it mean to believe? That we will look at next, but first let us continue what Sha’ul said.
We cannot believe without hearing (verse 14) and we cannot hear unless the good news is preached to us.
Now that preacher cannot be a false preacher preaching a false religion (as Christianity is). The preachers must be sent by the Most High YAHUAH TSEVA’OTH (verse 15).
It then begs the question, how do we know if they are sent? They must preach the good news, the true gospel, not another accursed gospel (Galations 1:8-9).
As we have said before, Christianity is another accursed gospel as it is not the gospel preached by the Apostles.
So what is the true gospel? The salvation of Israel as stated in Isaiah 61. This is the good news that was revealed through Yahusha HaMashiach who came to fulfill it by bringing repentance and salvation unto his people, Israel (Luke 1:68-75).
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BELIEVE (SO AS TO BE SAVED)
Anyway, so as not to digress, let us put the nail in the coffin of the false Christian belief of instant salvation by looking at what it means to believe. First of all, to believe on what or whom? Answer?
To believe on the Messiah:
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Master Yahusha HaMashiach, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Now we have that established, what does it mean to believe on the Master Yahusha HaMashiach?
Let us look at the process.
First, one has to deny himself, as the Messiah said no one can follow him unless they deny themselves, pick up their stakes and follow him (Mat 16:24).
Next, one has to abide in him:
Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
If we do not abide in him, we cannot say we believe in him!
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Now what if we do not abide in him, does it mean we still believe on him?
Joh 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
If we do not abide in him, it means we do not believe! We are rejected. That means to believe on him is not merely thinking in our minds. It is much more than that. As James said, faith without works is dead (James 2:26)
Joh 15:7-8 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
So to bear fruits (believe), we must abide in him. Otherwise, we cannot be his disciples (followers).Now if we cannot be his disciples, that means we will not have his spirit and:
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of YAHUAH dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Messiah, he is none of his.
BELIEVING IN THE MESSIAH MEANS WALKING AS HE WALKED
Now let us summarise what it means to abide in him?
1Jn 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
So believing in the Messiah is walking as he walked!
Of course, we are speaking of the true lawful Messiah Yahusha, not the false Messiah “Jesus Christ.” The true lawful Messiah to whom we refer, is the one who kept his Father’s commandments and expects us to do the same. The one who said these:
Joh 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
Mat 5:17-18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
DID THE APOSTLES SAY SALVATION WAS INSTANTANEOUS?
Finally, getting back to salvation whether it is instant or not, let us see what the Apostles say. First the greatly misunderstood Sha’ul:
1Ti 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Master Yahusha HaMashiach:
Sha’ul was saying to be in perfect obedience (without spot) until the Messiah appeared.
Before that he said to fight the good fight of faith, and to lay hold on eternal life (1 Tim 6:12). If all one had to do was to believe and one is saved immediately, then why would he encourage us to fight the good fight of faith in order to lay hold on eternal life?
In fact, Peter also tells us that we must be found without blemish when we face the Messiah:
2Pe 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
Peter said be diligent. This means to make earnest effort, to labour to be found perfect. Well, there goes instant salvation out the window!
SALVATION INVOLVES A PROCESS OF SANCTIFICATION
In reality? Our salvation is a process of sanctification that brings us unto a perfect man, without blemish:
Eph 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as the Messiah also loved the called out assembly, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious assembly, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
In fact, we must keep his commandments in order to enter the kingdom:
Rev 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
WHEN ARE WE SAVED?
When are we saved? Are we saved once and for all on the specific date that we accepted a Messiah? Sorry for those who want to believe that. He that endures to the end (and found without spot nor blemish) shall be saved. Sha’ul was never saying our salvation is instantaneous.
Instead, he was saying if the believe we shall (in future) be saved. Why? Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Notice the word “UNTO.” He is saying our belief leads to (unto) righteousness and our confession leads to (unto) salvation.
Hence, Sha’ul does not contradict the Messiah re: when are we saved.
THE HIDDEN DANGER OF APOSTLE SHA’UL
Indeed, Sha’ul was given to us by the Most High, so that the unlearned and unstable will stumble (2 Peter 3:15-16). These are those who do not have eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to understand (Mat 10:13-17).
Following Sha’ul without the correct understanding of what he is saying is a sure ticket to the lake of fire. As Peter said in 2 Peyer 3:16, it leads us to our destruction.
THE HIDDEN DANGER OF BELIEVING WE ARE SAVED ON A PARTICULAR DAY
Believing we are saved on the day we accepted Messiah leads us into a false belief. We will feel that we have reached into the kingdom. That would lead to laziness, lethargy, apathy, blindness: a letting down of our guard as the enemy like a roaring lion is easily able to devour us!
Remember, the most High is a rewarder to them that DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM (Heb 11:6). Let us strive to seek him with all our heart.
Once saved, always saved? That is a doctrine of devils.