Five Bible Characters That Prove Salvation is Not a Process

If salvation were a process, then the one going through the process is involved in his salvation.

It is imperative that we as believers understand this truth. That we can talk about it and defend it biblically. Even though many Christians can’t pinpoint an exact moment when we were instantly saved, we know that this is the only way the Bible describes salvation, and we never let our experience dictate our theology, but the other way around.

 

Whenever people are saved in the Bible, it is always depicted as instantaneous.

That’s what makes true Christianity unique from the rest of the religions out there. Every false religion teaches some type of salvation through works, which is also known as a process of salvation, but we as believers know that salvation is not a process.

The reason this matters, is that if salvation were a process, then the one going through the process is involved in his salvation. His actions and works contribute to it, and, in Paul’s words in Ephesians 2:9, would give him the ability to boast. Instead, the Bible tells us that man’s salvation is a work of God where, in His great mercy, He makes dead people alive (Eph. 2:4-5). In the same way that Lazarus went from being dead to alive physically, believers go from being dead to alive spiritually.

It is imperative that we as believers understand this truth. That we can talk about it and defend it biblically. Even though many Christians can’t pinpoint an exact moment when we were instantly saved, we know that this is the only way the Bible describes salvation, and we never let our experience dictate our theology, but the other way around.

Let me give you five biblical characters as an example, where there was no salvation process, but rather they were saved in an instant.

Zacchaeus

And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. Luke 19:9

We all are familiar with the story of Zacchaeus. Probably because we can all sing the song. Two things are unmistakably clear about this story. Zacchaeus was absolutely transformed, and Jesus declared him to be instantly saved. Jesus is clear about what happened to Zacchaeus, He is also clear about the timing of when it happened. He was saved, and it happened today.

Zacchaeus had not yet returned the money. He had simply made a promise, but Jesus being able to see his heart, declared to the world that this man was going to Heaven when he died.

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