on “Being Saved”

In what I like to call “pop evangelicalism,” salvation is always spoken of in the past tense.  “I’ve been saved!”  “When did you get saved?”  “Is she saved?”  But the New Testament is not that simple; salvation is more than a past tense event.  While the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross is always central, the operation of salvation is both within time and timeless.  Let’s survey the New Testament for the use of the verb “to be saved” in simple statements.

Future Tense: “will be saved”: Matthew 10:22, 24:13, Mark 13:13, Luke 7:50, Acts 15:11, Romans 5:9, 5:10, 1 Corinthians 3:15, 5:5, 1 Timothy 2:15

Present/Progressive Tense: “is being saved”: Acts 2:47, 1 Corinthians 1:18, 15:2

Past/Preterit/Perfect Tense: “has been saved”: Matthew 27:42, Mark 15:31, Luke 23:25, Romans 8:24, 10:10, Ephesians 2:5, 2:8, 2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 3:5

I left out several which were unclear, or in questions rather than teaching statements.  But on the whole you can see what’s going on: salvation is a bigger picture than any single event in one’s life.  Let’s think twice before saying “I got saved when…” lest we mis-communicate the fullness of what salvation is really all about!

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About Fr. Brench

I'm an Anglican Priest and a sci-fi geek. Therefore, I write about spiritual formation, theology, biblical studies, and Doctor Who. But I keep those blogs separate so I don't confuse too many people!
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One Response to on “Being Saved”

  1. Shelly says:

    Loved this post! Our salvation is something that simply happened in the past, it is something we continue to experience each and every day!

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