The Tenses of Salvation

The Tenses of Salvation

1Co 1:17  For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

1Co 1:18  For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

The bible says that the word of the cross is the power of God.  Paul told the Romans that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation.



You see, I believe that Jesus Christ has the power to save, I mean really save.  The power of the gospel changes lives by the new birth, we are made new creations in Christ when God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit come to make their permanent residence on the inside of us, the New Testament believer.  This is who Christ is, in us.  This is what Christ has done for us.  This is who we are and what we possess in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Salvation is described by Paul as a thing done in the past, “we were saved” (Rom_8:24), as a present state, “ye have been saved” (Eph_2:5), as a process, “ye are being saved” (1Co_15:2), as a future result, “thou shalt be saved” (Rom_10:9).  ~ A. T. Robertson



For by hope were we saved

Rom 8:24  For in hope were we saved: but hope that is seen is not hope: for who hopeth for that which he seeth?

First aorist passive indicative of “SOZO”


“We were saved in hope, by hope, for hope” (of the redemption of the body). ~ A. T. Robertson


Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes


Since then the gospel invites all to partake of salvation without any difference, it is rightly called the doctrine of salvation: for Christ is there offered, whose peculiar office is to save that which was lost; and those who refuse to be saved by him, shall find him a Judge. But everywhere in Scripture the word salvation is simply set in opposition to the word destruction: and hence we must observe, when it is mentioned, what the subject of the discourse is. Since then the gospel delivers from ruin and the curse of endless death, its salvation is eternal life. ~ John Calvin



The Hebrew, and (Greek, “sōtēria”, meaning “safety”, “preservation”, “healing”, and “soundness”). Salvation is the great inclusive word of the Gospel, gathering into itself all the redemptive acts and processes: as justification, redemption, grace, propitiation, imputation, forgiveness, sanctification, and glorification. Salvation is in three tenses:

(1) The believer has been saved from the guilt and penalty of sin Luk_7:50; 1Co_1:18; 2Co_2:15; Eph_2:5; Eph_2:8; 2Ti_1:9 and is safe.

(2) the believer is being saved from the habit and dominion of sin Rom_6:14; Phi_1:19; Phi_2:12; Phi_2:13; 2Th_2:13; Rom_8:2; Gal_2:19; Gal_2:20; 2Co_3:18.

(3) The believer is to be saved in the sense of entire conformity to Christ. Rom_13:11; Heb_10:36; 1Pe_1:5; 1Jo_3:2.

Salvation is by grace through faith, is a free gift, and wholly without works; Rom_3:27; Rom_3:28; Rom_4:1-8; Rom_6:23; Eph_2:8.

The divine order is:

first, salvation,

then, works; Eph_2:9; Eph_2:10; Tit_3:5-8. ~ Scofield



We Have Eternal Life

1Jn 5:11  And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

1Jn 5:12  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1Jn 5:13  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.

1Jn 5:14  And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.


1 Peter 1:5


From Peter’s use of  Present tense one can see that in context (see also discussion of context) he is referring to born again ones, describing them as those who are “continually being protected by the power (dunamis) of God”. God’s protection of His children isn’t fickle, present one day and absent the next. You can see how even the most basic understanding of verb tense can add so much to the meaning.

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