Salvation by Pastor Jonathan Johnson
Salvation is a word associated with Christianity. I personally have no knowledge if it is used in any other, what are considered, religions. The question is:
What is salvation?
The word rendered salvation was used by Jacob when he was addressing his sons (Genesis 49:18). It comes from the word yeshuw’ah which means deliverance, aid. It can refer to victory which would come from receiving aid or deliverance from the one whom one would be asking. This of course is Yahovah.
“I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.”
Today we might find that this was Jacob waiting for the salvation of his family during the time of drought when his sons had sold Joseph into Egypt. God did deliver Jacobs family and reunite Jacob with Joseph. Yahovah (God) would use Joseph to save his family along with the country of Egypt from drought.
The first usage in our Christian bible or New Testament is in Luke 1:69. In this passage salvation from the word soteria (Grk) is still deliver and salvation. This now refers to the coming messiah, the anointed one, whom all of Israel was waiting on. He would save his people from their sin. We know that this means saving all people from sin according to John the Baptist in John 1:29.
“…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Mankind needed salvation or saving from sin. Sin caused a separation or gap between God and creation. Isaiah 59:2 states:
“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God,…”
Jesus the Christ would come to bridge this gap or separation between God and mankind. Ephesians 1:4 states:
“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:”
Are we to understand that God, creator had this plan in mind before he placed our planet in orbit around the sun. Should we believe that God ALWAYS had a plan for mankind who were created as a freewill agent with choice? As we understand scripture we can also understand that God loves and cares about ALL of mankind and not just Christians. Becoming Christians allows us to enjoy salvation in this life and not having to lose the things that sin has taken.
Pastor Jonathan Johnson