Understanding Eschatological Salvation

Salvation, like Redemption and Sanctification, is an eschatological thing.  In a sense we “have” it immediately when we believe, in another sense we do not “finalize” it (or those other things) until the End, when “perfection” (completion) comes. “He that endures to the End will be saved.”

Some in the NT, such as Simon Magus, “believed” but did not endure.  Some whom Paul names began well but “suffered shipwreck.”  Paul worried aloud that “having preached to others,” he might in the End be “cast away.”  Others, he fears, will fall because they are “blown by every wind of doctrine.”  In Jesus’ parable of the Sower and Soils, some received the seed gladly and sprang up, but dried up in the heat of the sun, or were choked by tares.

Unfortunately, the eschatological sense of the Kingdom of God, the “already/not yet” nature of Redemption and the Kingdom, is little understood among Christians, and apparently also most preachers.  It has been misunderstood by Calvinists, whose precept is often expressed as “Once saved, always saved”; and by many Wesleyans, who presume the possibility of Entire Sanctification prior to Final Redemption.

We must realize that in Holy Spirit Baptism we have the “earnest” of our “inheritance,” but not yet the “fullness.”

Copyright © 2013 Paul A. Hughes


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