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Of Salvation

First Installment

This morning I could not find my car keys. Those of you who know me will understand that this is a daily thing with me. If it’s not the keys I can’t find, then it’s the wallet; if not the wallet, then it’s the glasses. Well anyway, after 45 minutes of searching, I decided to steal my wife’s keys and face her wrath later; but right about then, I saw my keys. Oh how happy I was! Finding those keys saved my life!!

Huh?? What exactly do I mean by that? How did finding my keys “save” my life? Well, it helps to substitute the word “delivered” for the word “saved” and then ask yourself two questions:

1. What was I delivered to?
2. What was I delivered from?

In the above scenario, I was delivered to the comfort of knowing where my keys were and I was delivered from the wrath of Robbie Kay Collins Montgomery for stealing her keys. Of course, I didn’t mean that finding the keys saved my physical life or that I would have died if I hadn’t found them—but in finding them, I escaped a whole lot of stress and trouble. I was saved TO something and saved FROM something…I was delivered TO something and delivered FROM something.

Here are some other things that save my life: coffee, coffee makers, Starbucks, grocery stores, microwave ovens, air conditioning, heating, my iPod, my pillow top mattress, plumbers, electricians, that honest mechanic I go to, my beloved family, the prayers of the saints, the fellowship of the saints, spiritual hymns and songs, the gospel, and most of all: The Lord Jesus Christ.

Each one of the above saves me from something and saves me to something; but the salvations they bring are different. This is a very, Very, VERY important thing to know, especially if you are serious about understanding the doctrines of grace. If you cannot get this lesson, you will be totally confused because there are scriptures in the Bible that will totally confuse you. Understanding this point will unlock many scriptures for you and will save you FROM confusion and save you TO understanding. (Nice play on words there, huh?)

The lesson is this: Not every scripture in the Bible that contains the words “save” or “saved” means salvation from hell or salvation to paradise. I am going to throw out a bunch of scriptures and let us see if all these scriptures are talking about saving souls from hell. Make sure you read my cute little comments (in parenthesis).

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Amen and amen).

Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (Amen and amen)

1Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (Amen and amen)

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Amen and amen)

Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Amen and amen).

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (Amen and amen).

Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (Amen and amen).

2Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, (Amen and amen)

Matthew 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. (But save them from what? Read the context of the verse and you will see).

Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. (But I thought Jesus saved, we gotta save ourselves??).

1Corinthians 9:22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. (How can the chief of sinners save sinners from sin? What up?)

James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls (But I thought Jesus saved, now we gotta receive the engrafted word? And what the deuce does that mean?)

James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? (I don’t think so).

James 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (But you taught in chapter 2:14 that faith alone can’t save us, now you say it does. What up?).

James 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. (But I thought Jesus saved; now we need to go around converting people?).

1Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: (But I thought Jesus saved; now we gotta get baptized?).

Luke 7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. (But James said that faith can’t save us.)

Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. (I think these guys were wrong. So did Paul and Barnabas).

Acts 27:20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away. (What do stars do with saving us from hell?)

Acts 27:31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. (Well, I hope those guys stayed in the ship because I wanna be saved!)

Romans 8:24 For we are saved by hope: (excuse me???)

Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. (Well Paul, you said over there in 1Corinthians 9:22 you were going to save some, well stop whining and get after it!)

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (So you have to confess this to get to heaven?)

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Will you please make up your mind? You said earlier that you have to confess to get saved. Grrr!)

1Corinthians 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. (But I haven’t heard you preach, so how can I get saved?)

1Thessolonians 2:16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. (WAIT A MINUTE!!! Folks stopped you from saving people from hell? You are a weak, cowardly Apostle!)

1Timothy 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. (WAIT A SECOND!!! The only people going to Heaven are mothers who have faithful kids? That can’t be right!)

1Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. (WAIT A MILLISECOND!!! The only people going to Heaven are these eight people?? That can’t be right!)


So, how do we make sense out of all this? The answer will come in the next exciting chapter of…Doctrine for Dummies!!!

Thank You,
David Montgomery

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