The Two Salvations, Part 2

First, then: There is a general salvation common to the entire Adamic race. Adam, the
representative of the race, through sin lost the perfection of manhood with all its privileges; the result
being death-- extinction-not only for himself but for all springing from him and represented by him--
"and
so death passed upon all men."
Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. If his mission
is to be successful it must result sooner or later in the recovery and restoration of all that which was lost.

Since Adam
was not a spiritual but human image of God, he lost not a spiritual existence, but a human
existence. He lost not a heavenly home, but an earthly paradise.
He did not even lose heavenly
promises, for none such were given him
. Since we all sustained our loss through Adam, ours like his
must have been a loss of human perfection, human existence, human likeness to God, an earthly
Paradise, etc.; hence Jesus' mission was to redeem-save-- recover --restore
"that which was lost." He
commenced the work, by
ransoming the race [giving a "corresponding price"]; and the Apostle
assures us that he will complete the work of saving that which was lost--
"When the times of refreshing
[making new] shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ…whom
the heavens must receive [retain] until the times of
RESTITUTION [or restoration] of ALL
THINGS
which God hath spoken, by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began."
(
Acts 3:19-21)

Thus seen, the
ransom given by Jesus and the results to be obtained is the exact offset to the sin of
Adam and the loss thus sustained.

This salvation comes to all men just as freely through Jesus as the loss came unsought through Adam.
As now death is upon all, so in the restitution, life shall pass upon all, and as a result, all will begin to
improve and to come into full perfection of manhood, which condition when reached may be everlastingly
theirs on condition of everlasting obedience to God.

“Therefore as by the offense (the sin) of one, (man, Adam) judgment (the sentence) came
upon
all men (extensively) to condemnation (or death, the wages of sin); even so by the
righteousness
(the sacrifice) of one, (man, the Man Christ Jesus) the free gift (the sentence, the
releasing of the captives, i.e.
Salvation) came upon all men (co-extensively) unto justification of
life.”
Rom 5:18

This then is the general salvation-the "COMMON SALVATION" (Jude 3) in which all shall share,
because Jesus Christ by the grace of God tasted death for every man; because
"the man Christ Jesus"
"gave himself a ransom [corresponding price] for all, to be testified in due time."
This salvation is
the saving of man from sin and death to holiness and life; but it in no sense changes his
nature; he will
still be
man and while of the earth earthly, when saved or restored, will again be an earthly image of
God, and
"very good"--the lord of earth restored to his dominion-- recovered from his "fall."

Secondly, glance at the other salvation; the special one, called in Scripture, "THE salvation," "YOUR
salvation," "OUR salvation," "so GREAT salvation,"
etc (Luke 3:6; Eph 1:13; Phil 2:12; Rom 13:
11; Heb 2:3; 1 Pet 1:10
). Like the other, this salvation is also from sin and death, but it includes a
change of nature
, so that the life enjoyed when this salvation is fully accomplished will be not a
restoration of human nature, but a transforming to the
"divine nature," no longer earthly beings, but
heavenly or spiritual beings. The Scriptural evidences on which a hope for this special salvation is based
should be familiar to all true Bible Students, the call to this hope is mentioned as a
"high calling," a
"heavenly calling," etc.

"This GREAT SALVATION" must take place first, before the "COMMON SALVATION" shall be
accomplished, for those who experience the
"great salvation" are to be God's instrumentalities through
whom the
"common salvation" shall be bestowed upon all the world of mankind. They without us shall
not be made perfect
. (Heb 11:40.) These who share in "so great salvation" are but a "little flock" and
in it are not many rich or great or noble according to the course of this world, for to this salvation God
hath chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, heirs of the kingdom.
"God hath chosen the foolish
things of the world to confound the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to
confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world and things which are
despised hath God chosen, yea and things which are naught, to bring to naught things that are."

(
1 Cor 1:28)


                                                  
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