Weekly Commentary on the Social Gospel Blog with Author Rev. Paul J. Bern: Salvation and Religion 21st Century Style
What Does ‘Being Saved’ Actually Mean, and Does It Still Apply to Modern Life?
Or, what is the Scriptural definition of ‘salvation’?
By Rev. Paul J. Bern
I have been publishing this blog under one name or another, with as many different websites, since 2013. Having written on a variety of Christian related topics, the current format of “The Social Gospel Blog” is only my latest idea on how to present the Gospel in a contemporary format that people can still relate to. I am a nondenominational Christian minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but I am currently without a physical church. So I preach over the Web to anyone who will read my words and receive a blessing from them.
Salvation is real Biblical prophecy
While I have posted on a wide variety of topics, I have not preached that much about Jesus, who he is, and why we worship him as Lord and Savior. So today and to correct that oversight, I am going to write about salvation as it applies to each of us, and to the teachings of Christ. The first Bible verse I am going to use for this week’s message comes from the Book of Psalms chapter 85, verse 9: “Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.“ First, this verse does not mean we have a duty to be afraid of God. If that were true, or if there was something standing in the way of God and his creations, God would never have bothered sending Jesus to us to make complete the salvation of all humanity. Besides, those words were written by King David of ancient Jerusalem approximately 1,000 years before the time of Christ. So, this is Biblical prophecy in black and white written for all people, whether they are Christians or not.
Salvation through Christ is the key
About 300 years after David’s lifetime, the prophet Isaiah had this to say regarding Salvation: “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation, and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a…