“The Blessings and Benefits of Salvation” Part 2
Dr. Gary M. Barker
Published in the newspaper on September 23, 2020
In Hebrews 2:3, the scripture states that the salvation that God has provided is great and warns people to not neglect it and fail to be delivered from the judgment that salvation provides. The blessings of salvation are everlasting and will cause a believer to experience happiness and satisfaction in heaven forever. I want to share five more blessings of salvation in this meditation.
- Salvation delivers a believer from everlasting condemnation and punishment in hell: John 3:18, 5:24, 10:27-28, Romans 8:1. Jesus told His disciples that every sinner is already condemned before they believe. Faith in Christ will deliver a believer from judgment and spiritual death by giving him forgiveness and everlasting life. A forgiven believer can never be condemned.
- Salvation provides deliverance from the power of Satan and transfers a believer into the Kingdom of God: Acts 26:17-18, Ephesians 2:1-3, Colossians 1:12-13. Every sinner before salvation is a slave of Satan and controlled by his power as a member of his kingdom. Salvation transfers a believer into God’s Kingdom and sets him free from Satan’s power. A believer becomes a child of God by faith and is able to become a servant of God as a member of God’s Kingdom.
- Salvation provides everlasting acceptance by God: Ephesians 1:6, 3:18, Romans 5:1-2. A believer who is in Christ is accepted and welcomed into God’s presence in heaven in exactly the same way God accepts His Beloved Son. Because God accepts a believer as His child, he has access to God in prayer. God welcomes His children to approach Him in boldness when they pray.
- Salvation provides a relationship of nearness and intimate fellowship with God: Ephesians 2:11-13. A believer in Christ has a close intimate fellowship with God just like the Son of God has with His father. Thru reconciliation that was provided by Christ’s death, a believer can have a near and dear fellowship with God as His beloved child.
- Salvation thru redemption makes a believer the personal possession of God: Acts 20:28, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Titus 2:14, 1 Peter 2:9. Thru redemption God bought and owns every believer as His own personal possession. God’s ownership of every believer guarantees that He will provide and protect them. God’s ownership of every believer demands that they live a dedicated life of obedience and service for God. God will not allow the devil or any other creature to harm those He owns without His permission.
As you look over this list of blessings and the others we discussed in our last meditation, you can easily understand why God’s salvation is so GREAT. I sincerely pray and hope that you have believed in Jesus as your personal Savior so that you too can have these marvelous blessings.