• Michael Haldas

Salvation


"We are not given life in order that we may be released from the Judgment that hangs over us from our birth, but in order that we may be perfected in the image of God. None of us can say that we are “saved”, that the job is done and we can relax. Saint Paul speaks of the athlete who must keep on running until the race is over. We trust in the mercy of God, and place our hope in Him alone. But we have a role to play in what God calls us to…Salvation is not a reversal of God’s judgment; it is the process of being restored into His likeness." (Father Spyridon Baily)

"Our task in this short earthly life is to resume the dialogue that was lost with God in Paradise; to learn how to orient the heart, tuning its antennae to the frequency of God’s life and grace. It is in this way we acquire eternal life and our salvation." (Archimandrite Sergius)

“…God gave us “being” (existence), with a view that we should move towards “well-being,” and with the end of “eternal being” (salvation).” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“We should never say that nothing is important. On the contrary, everything is important. Even the smallest of our actions impacts our eternal salvation.” (Elder Sergei of Vanves)

“Christianity is a communal religion, one in which even the concept of salvation is corporate. It is not about being saved in some vacuum, all by yourself. Your salvation and my salvation are connected.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“Godliness is a life-long business. The working out of the salvation that the Lord, himself, works in you is not a matter of certain hours, or of a limited period of life. Salvation is unfolded throughout our entire sojourn here." (Charles Spurgeon)

“There is no more important or pressing issue for each person to consider than that of his own salvation.” (Clark Carlton)

"God desires all to be saved, yet this gift of salvation has to be accepted by the believer, since God will not force salvation on us. As we freely receive the gift of salvation, suffering allows us to remember that this world is transitory and that we need God. When we turn to God during periods of struggle, we grow in our faith, coming one step closer to deification, where we are united in our humanity to God’s divinity. This transformation takes place when we embrace repentance as a way of life, placing ourselves before God’s mercy.” (Abbot Tryphon)

"St. Paul’s statement,"If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9), must be read in the context of Christ’s words:"Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ ” (Matt. 7:21–23) (Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou)

“Even after we are illumined by Christ, we can still lapse or apostatize. Likewise, the one who rejects Him initially may later repent and be saved.” (Dynamis 5/22/2014)

“Salvation is not how to get people like me (or like you) into some place safe from the fires of hell. That is a transportation problem at best, or a legal problem, at worst. The point of salvation is how to change people like me (and you). It is about changing us such that seeing the resurrection becomes possible.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Matthew 28:17 states of the resurrected Christ and the 11 remaining disciples, ‘When they saw Him, they Worshipped Him; but some still doubted.’ The resurrection was unlike anything they encountered. It defied, and still defies, rationality. Notice the disciples worshipped anyway despite their doubt. Their persistence paid off. They grew in the Holy Spirit until their doubts dissolved and their faith grew even stronger. Their experience is our experience. Our salvation depends on our acceptance and growth in this true reality of the resurrection.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“The human race has devoted many hours to finding the key to the ultimate reality – to finding the God from whom comes life. Our human efforts have produced the world’s wide array of religions and philosophies…The gracious acts of Christ our God are the foundation of our proclamation of salvation. They are the essence of the message we call divine revelation…Only when God deliberately reveals Himself to us in human flesh, however, do we find our way into the infallible community that joins humanity to God.” (Dynamis 11/27/14)

“....salvation is more than the mere forgiveness of sins. Ultimately, it consists in the conquering of death and the union of man with God…Our salvation does not depend on our own discipline and rule keeping but on the power of Christ’s death and resurrection.” (Clark Carlton, Life Application Study Bible, Colossians 2:20-23)

"The sole purpose of the Church is the salvation of every human person, whereby we are united to Christ, transformed by Him in all holiness, and prepared for eternal life. This work of salvation is a gradual, lifelong process by which Christians become more and more like Christ. It begins the moment we commit ourselves to Christ, and within the abounding grace of the Holy Spirit, we are ever drawn closer in communion with God.” (Abbott Tryphon)

"...to be saved is to be restored to true spiritual health. It is not God’s attitude toward man that needs to be changed, but rather man’s state.” (Clark Carlton)

“Salvation cannot rest on intellectual knowledge alone. You must repent, follow Christ, and be made a new person by his Holy Spirit.” (Life Application Study Bible, Mark 12:32-24)

"Salvation…does not depend on whether a person says I believe in Jesus and says he is my savior. Jesus said not everyone who calls me Lord shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The Apostle James tells us faith without works is dead as a body without breath. Our salvation must be active. We must work with the grace of the Holy Spirit to try and live out the lives God has intended for us. An empty confession of faith, a baptismal certificate, a church membership or pledge card, these things cannot save. Rather we must use our faith in Jesus Christ as a cornerstone on which we work by faith to construct a dwelling place worthy of God’s Spirit… (Father Kirrill Gvosde)

“The reality is that it’s harder for religious people to come to Christ than anyone else because they think they are already good to go.” (Jefferson Bethke)

“The world does not consist of 100 per cent Christians and 100 per cent non-Christians. There are people …who are slowly ceasing to be Christians but who still call themselves by that name: some of them are clergymen. There are other people who are slowly becoming Christian though they do not yet call themselves so. There are people who do not accept the full Christian doctrine about Christ but who are so strongly attracted by Him that they are His in a much deeper sense than they themselves understand. There are people in other religions who are being led by God’s secret influence to concentrate on those parts of their religion which are in agreement with Christianity, and who thus belong to Christ without knowing it.” (C. S. Lewis)

“Other religions teach, in essence, that we can be saved if we follow their founders’ words. But Christians believe we are saved not primarily by following what Jesus said but by believing in what He did. We are saved not by what we do but by what Jesus has done. It is in His actions— His birth and incarnation as a human being; His miracles and healings; His response to trials, temptations, suffering, and death; and ultimately His resurrection and ascension—that we meet Him, not just as another teacher but as a Savior accomplishing our salvation in our place.” (Pastor Timothy Keller)

“Salvation is a living relationship with God...Salvation must be a free relationship, or it is no relationship at all…Salvation consists in the recovery of communion with God.” (Clark Carlton, Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov)

“Christ has restored the image of God in man, but whether we attain to the likeness of God is up to each one of us. In other words, God can make us immortal, but He cannot make us good and loving.” (Clark Carlton)

"Salvation does not depend on good deeds, but it results in good deeds.” (Life Application Study Bible, 2 Peter 1:9)

“We cannot be saved by seeking just our own individual salvation; we need to look first to the good of others...True freedom and glory come from not being concerned with ourselves." (St. John Chrysostom)

“Salvation, then, is more than forgiveness of sins, more than a mental acceptance of Christ and His teachings. For in salvation we are given union with God through Christ, a right and full relationship with the Holy Trinity, and the restoration of our full humanity. All these things are accomplished through the Incarnation, the union of God and man in the Person of Jesus Christ. Salvation, then, is founded on a substantial union of the believer with Christ in His full humanity..." (Orthodox Study Bible, The New Birth)

“Our ability to attain salvation… is done in response to this freely offered gift of God’s grace through acceptance of this truth of Christ and participating in the sacramental life of His church. In other words, we must have a synergistic and continual effort with God, to the day we die, of striving to be Christ-like.” (Sacramental Living)

“…no good deed or series of good deeds without the acceptance of Christ will earn God’s grace of salvation. Because no matter how good we are, it is never good enough compared to God’s perfect love and goodness. Jesus himself said no one is good except God alone (Matthew 9:17, Mark 10:8, Luke 18:9). [We can] only attain salvation by accepting God’s unmerited gift of grace through Jesus Christ and the synergy of this gift of grace with our efforts. That is why it is never enough just to be a"good person.” We have to make a choice to accept God’s gift of grace. Once accepted, God responds with further and further measures of His grace as we continually respond to Him throughout our lives.” (Sacramental Living)

“Whereas all other major faiths have teachers that show the way to salvation, Christ says He is the way of salvation Himself. These teachers claim to show us the methods to become divine. Christ, as our savior, is the divine who comes to us to do what we cannot do for ourselves.” (Pastor Timothy Keller)

“Salvation is indeed available to all … but it depends on our response to God not His to us.” (Sacramental Living)

“God initiates our salvation with mercy and we respond by faith…Our salvation is a lifelong process of cooperation between divine grace and human freedom.” (Sacramental Living)

“Salvation in Christ is a process, in part toward not sinning." (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 John 1:6- 2)

“Loving each other and salvation cannot be separated. There is not one without the other.” (Sacramental Living)

"...salvation is just reserving your spot in heaven. Salvation is something that exists here on Earth. God has a purpose for us here, today, right now. He wants us to live our lives in the kind of fullness and goodness that glorifies Him.” (Crystal McVea & Alex Tresniowski)

“Because our salvation and even our faith are gifts, we should respond with gratitude, praise, and joy.” (Life Application Study Bible, Ephesians 2:8,9)

"People still try to get closer to God by following rules. While certain disciplines (Bible study, prayer) and service may help us grow, they must not take the place of the Holy Spirit in us or become ends in themselves.” (Life Application Study Bible, Galatians 3:5)

“It is possible to avoid Jesus as Savior as much by keeping all the Biblical rules as by breaking them.” (Pastor Timothy Keller)

"Christians are obligated to obey only one law: the law of Christ, the law of love. This obligates us to what is helpful and edifying to the other's well-being. We therefore continually seek the good of others in every way.” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 10:23,24)

“In all your undertakings and in every way of life, whether in outward or in spiritual matters, let this be your rule and practice, to ask yourself: Am I really doing this in accordance with God's will?" (St. John Climacus)

“Human need is more important than human regulations and rules.” (Life Application Study Bible, Luke 6:3-5)

“...salvation is far more than forgiveness of sins. It is new life: our reconciliation to God and our becoming new creatures, participants in the very righteousness of God. This means our salvation is not just juridical (the static, legal pronouncement of a judge), but personal and relational (the dynamic, sacrificial love of a father for his child).” (Orthodox Study Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:1821)

“It is not Christ’s"merit” that saves us, but rather our participation in Him.” (Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick)

“…salvation in Christ includes:...a passage from death to life, from darkness to light..., through repentance, faith, and baptism....a process of spiritual growth and maturation ...through ongoing repentance, faith, and communion...” (Orthodox Study Bible, 2 Corinthians 4:16)

“God’s plan is not for those who try to earn His favor by being good; it is for those who realize that they can never be good enough and so must depend on Christ.” (Life Application Study Bible, Romans 9:31-33)

"…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12)

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