Salvation is for eternity.
I read about this Professor who was the pioneer of heart transplant surgery, talking about his successes. He remarked, with obvious satisfaction, that some of his patients lived for a further eighteen months, and one had even survived for three years. He was thrilled to have saved a person’s life for eighteen months or three years.
But when Gods saves he saves for eternity: totally, and permanently. And that must include holiness: ‘You shall be perfect, as my Father in heaven is perfect.’ God has never done anything by halves. Salvation is forever, or it is not salvation at all.
There are two final comments I would like to make about salvation. The first is that it is a process, not a crisis. Salvation is continuous, and the process is not yet complete in any of us. If I am asked, ‘Are you saved?’ the answer is, ‘I am being saved’—I am in the process of salvation. The important question is where am I in the process? And am I making progress, or standing still?
The other comment is that salvation, although it is a process, is not mechanical. It is not like an assembly line. Salvation is personal because it is a Person. It involves recognition of sin, repentance, grace, faith, assurance, holiness and it lasts forever. But it all centers in a Person, and without him it is nothing. Salvation, in one word, is Jesus.
But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.
Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
“Known to God from eternity are all His works.
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.