Romans 1:16, is the verse the title is taken from. This blog will be concerning 'salvation'. and will have several scripture references. I hope that you will read all the verses, and for further understanding, an exhaustive concordance that will list all the verses concerning the word salvation, and saved, would be best to do.
Salvation is through faith in the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Rom. 1:16, Acts 4:12. The word 'salvation', G4991 in Strongs, in the Greek, is defined "deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation", and all of these are through faith, in our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ.
We are saved both, present, and also future, finally. Romans 8:24, "are saved" by hope, and we wait with patience, for the redemption of our body, Rom. 8:21-25. 1st Cor. 15:2, "are saved", and yet we also note and accept the "if" given there. Paul is speaking (writing) of the gospel of Christ here, as verses 1-8 plainly show. 2nd Cor. 2:15, again, "are saved".
We are not 'born again', into Christ, because we have earned any favor or any merit of such birth, we are entirely "born of God", John 1:12,13. Salvation is entirely by grace, Titus 2:11, Eph. 2:4-10. Salvation is not of, or because of, works. We are 'created in Christ Jesus, unto good works". Eph. 2:10. This clearly tells us we are "His workmanship". And we are predestinated to be conformed unto the image of Gods Son, Jesus Christ, Rom. 8:29. We do not, nor can not, create ourselves, and are not born, of God, due to any works we do to merit such.
The scriptural teachings concerning "works", are VERY important. Scripture will expose all of the errors that have and will come along regarding 'works', and how they are related to our salvation.
Personally, I have found in my own life, that understanding 'salvation' is key in my 'abiding' in Jesus Christ. We need to have a very clear understanding of our salvation in Jesus Christ. Brothers and sisters, we can not confess a "deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation" in Jesus Christ, from sin, and yet willingly live and abide in it. That is not what salvation is, or does.
Salvation is not way out there in the future. It is "now the day of salvation", 2nd Cor. 6:2. We should be living and experiencing salvation through and in Jesus Christ, every single day and hour we dwell here.
In whatever we may face in this life. The righteous are not exempt from all of the trials and temptations of life, and we know this. Jesus did not ask God the Father to take us out of the world, but that we would be kept from the evil, John 17:15. We many times desire God to remove all of our thorns, but Gods strength and grace is sufficient, and is made perfect in our weakness, 2nd Cor. 12:7-10. Like Paul, we would exalt ourselves above measure, too, without them.
Salvation is Jesus Christ. Believing that He is all God has given witness of, in Him. He fulfilled every reason for His coming in flesh. The blood sacrifice He made is sufficient for all who come to God through Him. He arose from the tomb, triumphant over sin and over death. He ascended into heaven, and now is at the right hand of God the Father, and He will return with Great power and Glory.
The salvation we can now have is in Him, and also the salvation that He will return to bring to all of those who wait and look for His return, enduring to the very end. We are delivered, have preservation, and safety, and salvation, all because of Jesus Christ, through our faith and obedience to Him, if we love Him. Salvation is in Him, alone. He has become our salvation, praise God! Psalms 118:14-24. Read it. "Marvelous " indeed!