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Yeaaah! Our topic today is one of the names of God and it means SALVATION. And let me shock you by telling you that the name Joshua also means Salvation.
Today, I’ll be taking you through the concept of Salvation. Let me start by defining salvation as God’s plan and strategy of bringing men back to Himself; this system of reconciliation was made available through what we call Grace.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
WAEC vs JAMB
In Nigeria, before you gain admission into tertiary institution, you must pass WAEC and JAMB but Jesus came and give you admission into tertiary institution without writing any of the exams. You didn’t work for this scholarship neither did you qualify for it, this scholarship typifies Grace…. For you are saved (Admitted) by Grace(Scholarship) through Faith not of works (JAMB/WAEC).
The fact that you’re admitted doesn’t mean that you can’t be sent out of the school again, after admission you’re expected to be a student and to continue to be a student by attending classes, writing exams etc and when you’re diligent in this, then you’ll be counted among those that will be graduating.
DIMENSIONS OF SALVATION
There are 3 Dimensions of Salvation explained in the analogy given above:
1. Justification (Point of gaining admission).
2. Santification (Obeying all the school rules and regulations).
3. Glorification (The graduation).
These Dimensions are further explained in Titus 2:11-13
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,[JUSTIFICATION] Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; [SANTIFICATION] Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; [GLORIFICATION].
The moment you are admitted, the school authority sees you as a potential graduand but you are the determiner of your graduation. Can you confess this: I will work in alignment with the Holy Spirit to keep myself till the end?