The Biblical Meaning Of "Being Saved"

Is To "Be Healed And Restored" In Every Area Of One's Life [Spirit, Soul And Often-Times Bodily]

L. Phillip Schmidt, Evangel Gospel Minister, D.D., Pastoral Counselor

"By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

The priority of God is to re-create the spirit and soul unto wholeness, whether or not the body becomes whole; because it is what is inside that counts with God, that shall if obedienced, be taken to Heaven while the body itself turns back to dust wherein Adam's came from. Jesus said in John 6:31: "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." We are also admonished to: "Work out your own salvation [asking, seeking and knocking upon God's Spiritual Truth to become whole] with fear [awesome love and devotion towards our Creator] and trembling [fitting or adjusting into God's discipline of grace unto His Gracefulness]" (Philippians 2:12b). "Draw nigh to God [very closely position yourself arightedly to receiving His good favor], and He will draw nigh to you" (James 4:8). "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye [through visions, dreams, and Biblical messages]" (Psalm 32:8)."And thine ears shall hear [the breathed whisperings of hearing His every step for you to follow through, into and upon] a word behind thee [revelationary cognitive understandings] , saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left" (Isaiah 30:21). See Majestic Pillars Of God's Covenant Of Sovereign Grace.

God does not heal everyone physically if it might jeopardize them from being made whole in spirit and soul; and/or for other reasons known only to Him. The Apostle Paul's "thorn in the flesh" was contributive to God gracing his spiritual-soul's harmonious developmental life (2 Corinthians 12:7-9). Many a person might be made whole in their spiritual soul that is harmonious to God's New Life Within; but their body may not return whole (i.e. Joni Eareckson Tada who has been used of God in a mighty way in spite of her permanent disability resulting from an accident). God is the "Only One"who knows the crux and meaningfulness(es) of when, where, how, why, and who else may be influenced by an individual's connectivities enhancing towards making God more praiseworthy, honorable, glorifyingly, and distinctively majestic - above and beyond any other gods aplenty!

God also says: "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion" (Romans 9:15). He is a God of mercy, grace, love, justice, and truth and He will make many things plain in this life! But as certainly as He consistently revolves the earth, sun and moon around each other continuously without flaw, He shall in "the sweeter bye and bye" make every single happenstance for the most excellent good of His Spiritually True Believers a "passing askew" (God will be quiet in His love - Zephaniah 3:17) for, to, and through His opportune time of expandability, to enhance their Spiritually begetting soul's into more balanced equalizing to befitting or adjusting with the harmonious development(s).

Apprehension exists that many believe falsely (even the devils [fallen angels] believe and tremble - James 2:19) when those who believed they are called of God, go on believing (trusting) Him to be their Lord (Owner); go on believing Him to be their Saviour (Salvationist); go on believing Him to be their Master (Disciplinarian); go on to believing Him to be their Wonderful (Approver); go on to believing Him to be their Counselor (Director); go on to believing Him to be their Mighty God (Strength of their strength); go on to believing Him to be their Everlasting Father (as their Paternal Rest) into and onto His Being The Prince of Peace (soul's adequate All, Full, Whole, Serenity or Bliss - Isaiah 9:6). Thus we cry or say with certainty: "I believe, but so help me God, in my unbelief."

Jesus coming into and transforming a dying or dead unspiritual untrue life is no illusion, or figment of imagination, or imposing temporary mental contrast, or product of wishful thinking! Christ is the Master over the waves; woolfs and warps of all the fabric of all the societies of peoples, within all the cultures, throughout all the nationalities; their co-ordered classifications, divisions, classes, orders, families, genius, genesis or generational age, races, stock, strain, breed, and individual selves. And Christ is the Owner, not only over all His Creation, but Owner over all space and times of each individual's life-force; for He invented (created) it all and regenerationally re-creates spiritual souls togethered together. Who you live for when you live; and what you live and how you live of and to, will meet you in all eternity.

Faith that is of God at one's New Spiritual Birth and is not self-confidence, is a Gift of God and grows like seed into a Mighty Weapon of Valor unto the Spiritual Souls Victorious Living of potent emancipation from the darkness covering the earth and the gross darkness of the masses of the people populating it. This is more effective for good, for living the Light of God after rightly conceptualizing Christ Of All Glory (Characterisics of the Father), than the darkness we, too, were once of.

The impotent (unwhole) man at the waters edge in John 5:3, 4 begot his healing after having his problem as a way of life - until Jesus interfered with his old way of life and administered complete and undeniable healing into His Way! To be physically or emotionally healed brings much delight to our spirits and souls! But the greatest gifts we shall ever encounter to receive from God - because of His Cross in our stead - is the full forgiveness of the forgiverings of the forgivers to and of the forgives of each and every Believer. The Godhead that can do no other for His Own Namesake representing Himself as the Father Is Spirit and Life of "whosoever shall believe." Amen! Hallelujah. Praise Him King of kings and Lord of lords from Whom all the blessings flow for the doers of their beliefs, also as onto Christ's Way. He is even now sitting at the right side (a position of living judgment of the Great White Throne) for what we unbelievingly leave undone; or what we do with what we do believingly. John 12:31. Forgiveness that comes from the carnal body's mind, is not the forgiveness that God ordains as the type coming from Christ at all; but the type or kind of forgiveness from or for each the other that originates His validity is that which is born or birthed from the Spirit's Willful Mind as it is in Christ Jesus - that comes from the most inward heart. "Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses" (Matthews 18:32-35).

Forgiveness that comes from being carnally-minded, is only an integer part of the overall subconscious body language to which we only want to meet God half-way (holding a wrathful weapon while shaking hands) to which genuine forgiveness cannot be applied because it is just saying; "since we ourselves accept others deceiving us, we can then deceive others and pass the deceptions along to yet still others to justify our own self-righteousness of which Christ has no part of." It is the same as saying: "we will make friends out of our enemies," instead of saying, "we will make [by Godly behavior] our enemies to be at peace [not being able to harm] with us." By attempting to control enemies of the same volitions as our own fleshly lusts without God would be attempting to dictate for obstinate control, and is still a half truth; while the propositional propensity of God's indwelling gives advantaged credibility of whole truth within, even if enemies believe their half truth serves them without. If Christ does not win them to higher victory of themselves - anyone else attempting to make them fall on buttered-up, honeycombed slippery sloped territories - will find they both slip to fall on one another. James 4:4 says, "Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." Again this is saying our self-sufficiency is good enough a standard for God to be appeased, and our perverted justice then grimaces within and throughout God's displeasured frown as not a Spiritual Willing Mind with informational fact! If at first we intend to deceive, Christ is nohow's or nowhere's in it to relieve!! Genuine forgiveness must then come through the genuine love of Christ within and throughout the Spiritual mandate as coming from God, through us, as His Sons and Daughters; and back to Him again; but passing through those to whom we forgive because Christ first forgave us - while we were yet sinning against Him - who never did any wrong to us in any form, design, conspiracy or hypocrisy, despotism or conflagration. "Gracious Lord, give us strength of 'Your Spiritual Willful Mindful' compassion to see those who have trespassed against us have opportunity through You to have their Salvation - not at the expense of offenses to us as if a carpet to wipe dirt on - but to the expanse of Your Kingdom by You; for we ourselves can do absolutely none of their own transformational character-building, but they are entitled every wit the availability of Yourself to them as we are. Amen!"

Sins by omission (passivity of doing known right) and commissions (perpetrating right's oppositionings of, by and for the same transgressions) should not have to be made justified more than once to have a ever-growing-character like Jesus, and should be repented of and sought victory over on a daily basis. Remember, a spotless lamb had to be slain in Old Testament fashion. Christ paid the penalty in full by His Justification at the Cross, thus enabling each of us to gracefully grow more like Him because of His Life Value and Namesake. With Him as our Faithful Confident nothing is lost, thus sealing our Eternal Commendation and not condemnation! For a non-arrogant, healthy and humbled Spiritually True Religion which "covers a multitude of sins (James 5:20); we must be ready to forgive as to be forgiven - even when it comes to the self-afflicting sins we often do to ourselves. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy" (Proverbs 28:13).

Jesus came to remove the curse of the law - not the law or the prophets themselves - to give us the unwrathful blessing from the law positionally onto His Wondrous and Marvelous Grace. "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5).

Importance Of Genuine Reconciliation

Upon receiving salvation and a new life in Christ, it is very important to confess (apologize) and make known all demeaning words and actions as overt sins to each (private) and all (public) known parties we have participated with in wrong-doing or acted unjustly towards, however varying in degrees that might be; thereby making things right with everyone by asking for merciful-graceful-forgiveness for such offenses which caused estrangement or loss to them and yourself in the first place. Jesus Christ said: "Therefore if thou bring thy gift [yourself] to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother [anyone wronged by you] hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift [leave your saved soul] before the altar [with God], and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift [by a spirit made whole or perfect]." Matthew 5:23-24. "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matthew 6:14-15. In other words, one must become sincerely transparent with God and others just as the housewife needs not only to remove the "burnt" food from the kettle, but also scrape clean the burnt residue left on the bottom of the kettle as well. Another apt illustration is that of a mechanic not only changing the oil, but the filter as well to be sure all "settlement" is removed. If one skips this important step of making wrongs right with those offended, he/she is not really freed from those sins and will have a tendency to cover the same sins within religious bigotry, or continue indulging in them, thinking he/she is pleasing God - when he/she self-wills to please himself/herself. A Biblical example of restitution with others is recorded in Luke 19:1-10: "And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of statue. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."

Guidelines To Reconciliation

  • Remove the bitter-root judgments by confession of the reality of the circumstantial fragmentations.
  • Make atonement by forgiveness by equalizing once again of what existed before an offense was conspired.
  • Have reconciliation if adequately feasible again by giving each other the "Ark of Salvation" (equal with one's self).

In other words, communicate when possible; argue a better positive position where necessity demands it; but always having the highest attentive attainment towards charity.

Maturing In Christ In Intentions And Motives

There are those who use their careers to promote false religious performance; and others called and elected to promote Authentic Christianist connectivity to needed and wonton souls to a more abundant life that lasts eternally past all careers of this temporal existence. When "the spirits of just men [are] made perfect [mature to endure]" (Hebrews 12:23), means when the intentions and motives are validated as being in one accord in a mature way - of truth without so much misunderstanding; and equality resistant to misdirection and becoming totally inexpugnable as unto, into and onto the Christ-Life; therein being efficacious in all relationship building or making of both minor and major elasticities (as supported variables). In short, a profited maturity making all equations fit or adjusting to balance and harmony; spiritually of the same good mind can enlarge extensively towards the physical well-being also. Please note that this not to be confused with the ineffable Name of God; which is considered by some to be too awesome or sacred to be spoken; such as "Almighty God." Can anyone describe knowingly how much power Jehovah God has or how His Presence is in all animate living beings and seemingly inanimate latent things in [their] unlimitednesses of existence, and at the same time, subsist all that we discern with our five sensibilities, and/or our spiritual subjective and objective souls which super-abound from the God of all living? See our lesson on Majestic Pillars Of God's Covenant Of Sovereign Grace.

Living In His Light

Since and when we can forgive from the heart - as did Jesus - and when we can cry like Jeremiah for God to deliver others from the darkness we were delivered from, can we know we have passed from death unto The Life wherein is God's Good Pleasure. God will then effectually perform through us to others - Life Everlasting - as seeking no other desire than to please the Grace wherein He Graced us. "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malace: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:30-32). "For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) proving what is acceptable unto the Lord" (Ephesians 5:8-10).

Thoughts To Ponder

Diversified Gospel is such because God is the Only One Whole Unbroken Complexity. But if Christ is kept on the Cross, with salvation still being striven for or towards; and as such, all that Christ did after His Cross for lost souls without Him, that of finishing His Mission to a sin-sick world of people, is not cognizably conscienced to possessing the "peace of God, which passeth all [carnal] understanding" (Phil. 4:7). On the other hand, if the Law of Moses, or any part of it is adhered to, with or towards; the continuum of the law bears witness that those who and which do so are still in their sins, which Jesus went to the Cross to bear for their salvation from; thereby remaining in a man-made [carnal] religiosity. Any generical Christian aberration adhered to with or towards, is not Biblical conclusive evidence that the total salvation which Jesus Christ came to give free, is in any sense or wise the pure-unadulterated gift, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit put in place for men and women to live in their pre-existing, predestinated, more abundant sovereign-graceful lives. In either case, Christ is crucified daily because He brought His Kingdom with Him when he came in AD 70, and from there on Believers are to sit with Him in His Kingdom on an on-going basis by His Sovereign Grace.

Consider Charles Spurgeon's comments on 2 Timothy 1:9. "The apostle uses the perfect tense and says, 'Who hath saved us.' Believers in Christ Jesus are saved. They are not looked upon as persons who are in a hopeful state, and may ultimately be saved, but they are already saved. Salvation is not a blessing to be enjoyed upon the dying bed, and to be sung of in a future state above, but a matter to be obtained, received, promised, and enjoyed now. The Christian is perfectly saved in God's purpose; God has ordained him unto salvation, and that purpose is complete. He is saved also as to the price which has been paid for him: 'It is finished' was the cry of the Saviour ere He died. The believer is also perfectly saved in his covenant head, for as he fell in Adam, so he lives in Christ. This complete salvation is accompanied by a holy calling. Those whom the Saviour saved upon the cross are in due time effectually called by the power of God the Holy Spirit unto holiness: they leave their sins; they endeavour to be like Christ; they choose holiness, not out of any compulsion, but from the stress of a new nature, which leads them to rejoice in holiness just as naturally as aforetime they delighted in sin. God neither chose them nor called them because they were holy, but He called them that they might be holy, and holiness is the beauty produced by His workmanship in them. The excellencies which we see in a believer are as much the work of God as the atonement itself. Thus is brought out very sweetly the fulness of the grace of God. Salvation must be of grace, because the Lord is the author of it: and what motive but grace could move Him to save the guilty? Salvation must be of grace, because the Lord works in such a manner that our righteousness is forever excluded. Such is the believer's privilege - a present salvation; such is the evidence that he is called to it - a holy life."


Author's Note: Beings Covenant Of Sovereign Grace Ministry is latitudinarian - in that we are liberal in our views, permitting free thought and respectful considerations especially in religious matters, and very tolerant of differing opinions; we furthermore give liberty to varying views of one's world, religious alliances and/or affiliations, and care little about particulars when it comes to creeds, forms, and inertia of the fleeting of man-made articulations, which can be interpreted as infelicitous (unsuitable or unfortunate). No hidden agendas are needed to make one fall, since anyone can have one of their very own, or one in the making. If belonging to a formed religion and [it] is not in the making of a more beautiful abundant and bountiful life; it would be wise to check [its] definitives of what constitutes hell, and respond to the Holy Spirit's teaching by comparison; for hell is as long-lasting as is the Eternity Of Heaven's Bliss.

Graphic Credit. (1) Covenant Of Sovereign Grace Ministry. (2-4) Scroll Background: Christians Unite Clipart. Scroll Text: Covenant Of Sovereign Grace Ministry.

Copyright 2011, 2012, 2016 Covenant Of Sovereign Grace Ministry. This article may be printed in its entirety for personal study and free distribution. Please include the following statement: "Permission granted by Covenant Of Sovereign Grace Ministry for Free Distribution Only - Never To Be Sold". "Buy [possess] the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding" (Proverbs 23:23). Jesus said: "The kingdom of heaven [He Himself] is at hand ... freely ye have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:7, 8).

This Document