Salvation in Three Time Frames

Salvation in Three Time Frames

The Three Tenses of Salvation

Salvation can be viewed on a time scale and matches tenses of verbs: past, present and future. However, note carefully the completeness of otherwise of each action. For example, a saved person has been justified - it is complete and cannot be done again - thus you cannot be unsaved.






- it has happened

- it is happening

- it will happened


Saved from sin's penalty

Saved from sin's power
- [daily life, becoming Christ like]

Saved from the presence of sin


For by grace you have been saved [it has happened] through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit
Titus 3:5

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling [it should happen, now];
Philippians 2:12

As a consequence: Do all things [today = present tense] without complaining and disputing,
Philippians 2:14

For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved [it will happen] by His life.
Romans 5:10


From Andy Woods, Sugarland Bible Church: sermon "Soteriology 001" 6 Jan 2016 (accessed 10 Jan 2016)

David L Simon (January 2016, Edited 1 Feb 2017)
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