QAWhat are the two dimensions of salvation?The two dimensions of salvation are:
- Salvation from and
forgiveness of our sins (Mt 1:21; Lk 1:77; Jn 1:29; Acts 5:31).
Salvation helps us resolve the problem of sin—a problem we
cannot resolve by ourselves. This is exactly why we need to be
saved. If we could resolve the problem of our sins ourselves we
wouldn’t need saving! The Bible says, “In him [Jesus] we
have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our
sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Eph 1:7).
To those blessed by God, God does not impute their sins (Rom
4:8); instead, God credits the blessed with righteousness apart
from any works (Rom 4:6). God justifies us freely, he does not
justify us to repay us for something we did for him (Rom 4:4).
God doesn’t need anything, nor could we give him anything, for
all things are his.
- The gift of abundant
and, ultimately, eternal life (Jn 3:16; Jn 5:40; Jn 10:10, 28).
Salvation resolves the result of sin—death. Human beings, left
alone in sin, will ultimately die, both physically and
spiritually. But whoever believes in the Son (Jesus Christ) has
eternal life (Jn 3:36). For Jesus’ believers have crossed over
from death to life (Jn 5:24). Grace reigns through righteousness
to bring life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom 5:21). So
salvation ultimately gives us eternal life.